The Cheekwood Permanent Collection of Fine Art includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculpture, with an emphasis on American art produced between 1910 and 1970. The Cheekwood Permanent Collection regularly rotates. Please visit Current Exhibitions to learn what is currently on view, or contact our Museum staff with specific questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among its many strengths, the Permanent Collection holds a significant amount of works by the early 20th-century American artist group known as “The Eight.” These artists teamed together to create their own artistic society that would portray the reality of life at the turn of the century, often presenting harsh renderings of urban industrialization and societal segregation.
The rich, dark tones and loose brushstrokes that characterize this group were considered daring and evocative at the time, but the work of the following artists paved the way for the development of American painting in the 20th century:
- Robert Henri
- Everett Shinn
- Ernest Lawson
- John Sloan
- Arthur B. Davies
- Maurice Prendergast
- George Luks
- William Glackens
Notable Artists in the Collection
Among the mid- and late-20th century selection of the Permanent Collection, Cheekwood holds examples of works by artists from the Modernism, Post-Modernism, and POP Art movements, such as:
- Andy Warhol
- Jamie Wyeth
- Robert Rauschenberg
- Larry Rivers
- David Hockney
- Alex Katz
Cheekwood takes great pride in works created by artists who have lived and worked in Nashville, including: William Edmondson, sculptor, Louise-Dahl Wolfe, photographer, Red Grooms, multi-media.
Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail
The Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail debuted in 1999 and features Contemporary sculpture set within the beauty of nature, a concept not commonly found in American museums. The trail extends approximately one mile, and includes fifteen sculptures by regional, national, and international artists. Many of the sculptures were commissioned for their specific location, further emphasizing the beauty of the Cheekwood landscape. Each sculpture enriches and is enriched by their natural surroundings.
The entrance to the Sculpture Trail is located behind the Frist Learning Center.
The Cheekwood Permanent Collection of Decorative Arts includes objects representing a variety of cultures, artistic genres, materials, and craftsmanship. Most notably, the Decorative Arts selections are made up of niche collections, each of great quality and beauty.
Cheek Family Collection
The Cheekwood historic residence, the “Mansion,” is considered the largest object in the Cheekwood Permanent Collection. Built in 1929, it is a masterpiece of the 18th-Century English architectural Georgian-style. Numerous architectural features date to the 18th century and were purchased by the Cheeks to have incorporated into the construction of their home. This “object,” officially gifted in 1959, is the first of many objects the Cheek family has presented to Cheekwood throughout its institutional history.
In 2017, these objects will be on permanent view in the newly restored Cheekwood Historic Interiors.
Chinese Snuff Bottles
The first gift to the Cheekwood Permanent Collection, the Chinese Snuff Bottles are miniature artisanal objects which include great detail and are made of precious materials. Over 500 of these small, intricate medicinal devices demonstrate extraordinary skill as well as provide an insight into a tradition of the past.
American and European Silver
The Silver Collection is made up of 650 pieces, spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th century. Included in this collection are examples of American and European objects, which demonstrate the variations in forms and decoration happening concurrently on both continents. Silversmiths represented in this collection include: Hester Bateman, American (1709-1794), Paul Revere, American (1734-1818), Samuel Kirk, American (1793-1872).
American Art Pottery
In 2006, a significant collection of 27 examples of early 20th-Century American Art Pottery was given to Cheekwood, with representation from many of the finest studios.
- Fulper Pottery Company, Flemington, New Jersey
- Newcomb Pottery, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Rookwood Pottery, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios, New York, New York
- Weller Pottery, Fultonham, Ohio
English Worcester Porcelain
The Ewers-Tyne gift of English Worcester porcelain in the 1970s began the tradition of gifts and acquisitions, making Cheekwood’s collection the third largest in the United States. Over 350 pieces make up this collection, and range from the 18th to the 20th century.
In 1932, the Cheek family moved into their newly finished home, known as Cheekwood. The interior of the house contained thirty-three rooms, many with specific purposes and features. Today, Cheekwood interprets twelve of those original thirty-three rooms as spaces that replicate both the look and feeling of Cheekwood during the 1930s, what is often referred to as “The Hey Day.” These twelve rooms are located on two levels, the Ground Floor and First Floor of the historic residence, which operates as the Museum of Art (galleries are located on the Second Floor).