Artist-in-Residence Program

Radical Crystal Wagner at Cheekwood

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 a studio and lounge area for the artist while they are in residency. Across from the studio is the gallery space where the Artist-in-Residence exhibition is traditionally installed. All of these spaces are located in the Frist Learning Center, also the historic stables and garages of Cheekwood. The Frist Learning Center also houses the Cheekwood Education Department.

Mr. Shallenberger’s connection with Cheekwood has great length and significance. In June 1971, Shallenberger, the artist, exhibited 40 paintings at Cheekwood. Visitors who attended this exhibition were afforded a worldly experience with Shallenberger’s renderings of New York, Paris, Florence, Amsterdam, and Cologne. As a citizen of the world, he enjoyed experiencing and capturing the many sites he visited on canvas. Shallenberger knew the world of art had, and would continue to expand without borders. The residence program is made possible with the generous support of a private foundation.

2018 Artist-in-Residence: Gabriel Dawe

Fields of Light
September 28 – December 31, 2018

Gabriel Dawe creates site-specific installations that explore the movement of light and its relationship to architecture. His primary medium is Gutermann embroidery thread, dyed in a highly technical manner, reflective of the range of colors found in refracted light. His work has been exhibited in the US, Canada, Belgium, and the UK; and featured in numerous publications around the world, including Sculpture magazine. Dawe will be the first Artist-in-Residence to install his site-specific work in Cheekwood’s Museum of Art.

2017: Artist-in-Residence Crystal Wagner

2016 Artist-in-Residence Kensuke Yamada

2015 Artist-in-Residence Soo Sunny Park: Silver Linings

2014 Artist-in-Residence Patrick Dougherty: Little Bitty Pretty One

2013 Artist-in-Residence Dorothy O’Connor: Shelter 

2012 Artist-in-Residence Mathilde Roussel: Anatomia Botanica

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