Artist-in-Residence Program

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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.

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.

Apply for our Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence Program

Eligible artists interested in the four-week residency at Cheekwood must submit a letter of intent, artist statement, CV and portfolio consisting of 15-
20 most recent and representative works to Hannah Morgan at no later than midnight on October 30, 2021. The recipient will be selected on November 30, 2021.

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2021 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence Michael McMath

AIR Michael McMath

August 20, 2021 – October 17, 2021

Michael D. McMath works in Venetian plaster and encaustics, also known as the technique of painting with hot wax. These two ancient practices have repeatedly found waves of resurgences throughout the course of art history. Mike enjoys the freedom and untamable nature of creating with these mediums. These methods take some of the control out of the artist’s hands and create many unforeseen and pleasant results. “While great detail can be obtained with this medium, I find the joy of working with encaustic is in the beautiful accidents,” he states. Mike has completed countless mural, faux finish, gold leaf and trompe l’oeil projects across the United States and will begin his artist residency at Cheekwood in July 2021.

Photo courtesy of Michael D. McMath.

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