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.

Artists are selected by the curatorial team, though interested artists are invited to apply. Artists can submit a brief artist’s statement and resume, as well as copies of reviews, essays, or articles about the work. A link to the artist’s website is an appropriate alternative.

We are currently considering projects for 2022 and 2023.

Please send proposals to:

Campbell Mobley, Curator of Exhibitions
Cheekwood Museum of Art
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37205

2019 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence David Brooks

September 21, 2019 – January 12, 2020

2019 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence David Brooks’ work explores the connection between the built and natural worlds. This site-responsive body of work explores the idea of how the natural world is perceived as a physical image – representing the directional landscapes of Cheekwood as an uncontainable commodity of visualization. Brooks’ multidimensional imageries act as instinctual statements of that which is invisible to the visitor but present within other non-human species’ perceptual capacities.

Brooks is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work has been on view at Storm King Art Center and MoMA PS1. The artist was recently named as a recipient of the Rome Prize for 2019-2020.

David Brooks, A Proverbial Machine in the Garden, 2013.
Dynahoe tractor, concrete, earth, landscaping and steel grates.
Image from Storm King Art Center.

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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