Greetings from Nashville and Welcome to Cheekwood
Once the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, this extraordinary 1930s estate, with its Georgian mansion and 55 acres of cultivated gardens and expansive vistas, today serves the public as a botanic garden, woodland sculpture trail, and art museum.
Whether you are visiting online or in person, I invite you to experience Cheekwood’s incomparable beauty and the exhilaration its historic landscape provides as a setting for outdoor contemporary sculpture. Enjoy a visual stroll or a meandering walk through 12 distinct gardens and delight in an extraordinary array of horticultural displays. Visit the Cheek Mansion, now the Historic Mansion & Museum, for a look at the lifestyle of the American Country Place Era, and walk through family rooms converted to galleries where artworks from our permanent collection or a traveling exhibition will inspire you.
Cheekwood offers many diverse experiences, but a singularly serene environment that will leave you restored and rejuvenated. The Cheeks’ hospitality, once meant for their immediate family and friends, now extends to you. So be our guest today. Leave the world behind and indulge yourself in the beauty and magnificence of Cheekwood!
Jane O. MacLeod
President & CEO
Jane O. MacLeod brings more than 25 years of marketing, museum and public garden experience to her role as President and CEO of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Since joining the nonprofit organization in September 2010, Jane’s leadership and vision have been instrumental in transforming the historic estate into one of the Southeast’s premier art and garden destinations. She is leading The Cheekwood Campaign, the institution’s first in nearly 20 years, which to date has raised $22 million toward a $30 million goal.
Under Jane’s leadership, Cheekwood has more than quadrupled its annual gate revenue and continues to steadily increase admissions and membership, setting new records for the institution with blockbuster exhibitions such as Bruce Munro’s Light (2013), Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape (2015), and Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times (2017). During her tenure, the institution has established Cheekwood in Bloom, Cheekwood Harvest, and Holiday LIGHTS. Jane also directed the creation of two, five-year Strategic Plans and a long-term Master Plan to advance the historic institution as one of the finest American Country Place Era Estates in the nation. Under her management, the institution embarked on the refurnishing of the Cheekwood Mansion to reflect the 1930s lifestyle, which debuted in June 2017.
Jane previously served in leadership roles at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. She currently serves on the national Board of Directors of the American Public Garden Association. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Jane is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Nashville and was named the Nashville Business Journal’s 2014 Woman of Influence Nonprofit Award winner.