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The Cheekwood Collections

The Cheek family collected and carefully displayed a collection of decorative arts, paintings, furniture, textiles, silver, and books. Today, the Cheekwood Collections encompass the Cheek family collection and archival materials, as well as paintings, works on paper, sculptures, decorative arts, and niche collections amassed since Cheekwood opened to the public in 1960. Some of the masterpieces we have on display include a large collection of William Edmondson sculptures, portraits of Andy Warhol and Jamie Wyeth, pieces by Childe Hassam, John White Alexander, and William Merritt Chase, and works by The Eight, an early twentieth-century artist collective in New York City.

William Glackens (American, 1870-1938). Village on the Seine No. 2, 1925. Oil on canvas. Gift of an anonymous donor in honor of the 2004 Collectors Group
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Outdoor Sculpture Collection/Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail

Cheekwood offers a unique environment to experience outdoor contemporary sculpture. The permanent collection features a diverse range of artworks, many commissioned specifically for our grounds, created by regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists. Many of these works examine the relationship between art and nature in their own distinct way, creating beautiful, thoughtful dialogues with the surrounding landscape. With our free 30-minute audio tours, you can walk the trail at your own pace and enjoy the insights and knowledge of our curators and hosts. Audio tours are available on-site at Visitor Services.

Siah Armajani (American, born Iran, 1939-2020). The Glass Bridge for Nashville, 2003. Glass, steel on concrete foundation. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Irvin Small. 2003.1.

Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence

The Cheekwood Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence 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 staff, visitors, and the arts community throughout the creative process. With its renowned museum and gardens, Cheekwood offers the Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence a unique resource which broadly reflects nature and sustainability within a global art practice. The residency program provides living arrangements for the artist while he or she are in residency.

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