2018 Exhibition Schedule
Featuring two large-scale outdoor presentations, our exhibition lineup complements the garden’s seasonal programming and is designed to appeal to guests of all ages.
In May, we will present a selection of Australian artist Amanda Parer’s Intrude inflatables: glowing, larger-than-life white rabbits that will take over the Cheekwood landscape. This summer, we’ll collaborate with Cracking Art, a Milan, Italy-based artist collective, to present site-specific installations in our galleries and gardens, playfully arranging meerkats, bears, crocodiles, birds and other animals in whimsical and surprising places.
These large-scale exhibitions are complemented by the 2018 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards exhibition; 1958-2018: Sixty Years of Collecting at Cheekwood; and our annual Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence program featuring Mexico City-based artist Gabriel Dawe.
Our 2018 exhibition schedule includes:
2018 Exhibition Schedule
The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards
February 3 – March 4, 2018
2018 marks Cheekwood’s 27th year as regional affiliate for The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards, an art competition and exhibition that aims to support students’ artistic discoveries and encourage them to seek opportunities to showcase their art. An Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Program, The Scholastic Art Awards competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious student art competitions in the country, and aims to support students’ artistic discoveries and encourage them to seek opportunities to showcase their art. The 2018 Scholastic Art Awards exhibition is presented by The Tennessee Credit Union.
1958-2018: Sixty Years of Collecting at Cheekwood
March 17 – May 20, 2018
Selections from Cheekwood’s permanent collection include niche collections of fine and decorative art spanning centuries and continents. This exhibition will highlight key acquisitions over the span of sixty years.
Amanda Parer: Intrude
May 1 – May 27, 2018
Australian artist Amanda Parer uses her larger-than-life inflatable bunnies to draw attention to the natural world, its fragility and our role within it. In May, Parer’s glowing, white rabbits will take over the Cheekwood landscape. Though intentionally cute and seemingly innocent, these figures also represent the global conversation surrounding invasive species and their ability to alter natural habitats. The 18th-century introduction of European rabbits to Parer’s native Australia resulted in a rapidly escalating continent-wide epidemic that persists today. Through these precocious bunnies, visitors experience captivating works of art as well as engage in an ecological dialogue. Cheekwood will be open Thursday and Friday evenings while Parer’s work is on view.
June 16 – September 2, 2018
Cracking Art is a Milan, Italy-based artist collective born out of the intention to radically change the history of art by investigating the relationship between natural and artificial reality. By using 100% recycled plastic materials, Cracking Art creates site-specific installations using large-scale, natural animal forms made of synthetic materials, playfully arranging meerkats, bears, crocodiles, birds, and other animals in surprising invasions of familiar landscapes. The artists of Cracking Art will collaborate with Cheekwood to share a truly unique and extraordinary visual experience this summer. Cracking Art is presented by Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC.
2018 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence
September 22 – December 30, 2018
Cheekwood is pleased to announce that the 2018 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence is Gabriel Dawe. This residency program brings national and international artists to Nashville to create and exhibit site-specific works at Cheekwood, while allowing artists the opportunity to interact with visitors and the arts community throughout the creative process. Using carefully dyed and arranged, down to the millimeter measurements, Dawe creates a three-dimensional, tangible prism of light and color that showers each space he interacts with. Dawe will be onsite working throughout the month of September, creating a site-specific installation that will remain on view through the end of the year.