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, arboretum and 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 visually enticing stroll along a 1.5 mile woodland sculpture trail or a meandering walk through 12 distinct gardens and delight in an extraordinary array of horticultural displays. Visit the Cheek Mansion, now a museum, for a look at the lifestyle of the American Country Place Era, and walk through family rooms restored to showcase original furnishings and 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 30 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, accredited in 2016 by the American Alliance of Museums. She is leading The Cheekwood Campaign, the institution’s first in nearly 20 years, which to date has raised $28 million toward a $30 million goal, increasing Cheekwood’s endowment from $2 million in 2010 to $13 million and securing funds to create the new Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden as well as multi-million dollar renovations of the Frist Learning Center and the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail.
Under Jane’s leadership, Cheekwood has more than doubled its annual operations, growing annual revenue six-fold and setting new records in donor support and membership. During her tenure, the institution has developed year-round seasonal festivals including Cheekwood in Bloom, Cheekwood Harvest, Holiday LIGHTS, and Orchids in the Mansion, securing three USA Today Top Ten Botanical Garden designations. Under her direction, Cheekwood has mounted numerous exhibitions including blockbusters such as Bruce Munro: Light (2013), Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape (2015), Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times (2017); and the upcoming Chihuly at Cheekwood (2020). 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 refurnished the Historic Mansion & Museum in 2017 to create period rooms reflecting the 1930s lifestyle and continues to bring the historical origins of the institution to the forefront of visitor experiences.
Jane previously served in leadership roles at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. She is a past Trustee of the American Public Garden Association, where she chaired the Marketing Committee. 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, and honored by Nashville Post as one of Nashville’s Most Powerful Women in 2019.