Current Exhibitions

Chihuly at Cheekwood

July 18, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Chihuly at Cheekwood celebrates the 10th anniversary of Chihuly’s 2010 blockbuster success at Cheekwood while also commemorating the 60th anniversary of Cheekwood as a public institution.

Chihuly at Cheekwood features large-scale installations in the gardens of the historic estate as well as pedestal works presented in the art galleries. Outdoor installations include two pieces on the newly-accessible Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail, as well as two new, site-specific works created for this exhibition. A monumental sculpture is on view in the Frist Learning Center Great Hall.

Visitors may view the exhibition during the daytime as well as during evening hours on select Tuesdays through Sundays.

Dale Chihuly, Fiori Boat, 2018 © Chihuly Studio (right)

Dale Chihuly, Sapphire Star, 2010 © Chihuly Studio (hero image)


July 22 – September 20, 2020

@home invites visitors to reflect upon the past, observe the present, and hope for the future through the work of Nashville artists Nuveen Barwari, Alex Blau, Paul Collins and KJ Schumacher, as they encountered what Collins refers to as The Great Pause. In times of a global pandemic, art can save us. It can enlighten, inspire, and empower. When Cheekwood reopens its indoor spaces for the first time in over four months, visitors will be welcomed with open arms through the power of art. The exhibition will feature new, original work created by the artists during the period of isolation, this pause, this temporary stop, a moment to linger a little longer in the present.

@home is organized by Campbell Mobley, Curator of Paintings and Works on Paper, Cheekwood.

Nuveen Barwari is a Kurdish American multidisciplinary artist. Barwari’s art is influenced by her family histories, being born in the United States in 1995, and spending her adolescent years in Duhok, Kurdistan. She received a BS in Studio Art from Tennessee State University in 2019 and is a 2022 MFA candidate at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Alex Blau is an artist and educator living in Nashville, TN. Blau has had solo shows at several venues, including Firecat Projects in Chicago, Gallery Seomi in Seoul, Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, Kevin Bruk Gallery in Miami, Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston and the New Britain Museum of American Art. Blau is a member of the COOP Curatorial Collective and teaches at Vanderbilt University and Austin Peay State University.

Paul Collins is an artist and teacher in Nashville, TN. Paul has an MFA from Yale University and has been a resident at Skowhegan, the MacDowell Colony, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Hambidge Center and the Vermont Studio Center. Paul teaches at Austin Peay State University.

KJ Schumacher lives and works in Nashville, TN. He studied Art History, Fine Arts and Painting at Parsons School of Design in Paris and the George Washington University in Washington D.C., where earned the Presidential Arts Scholarship, graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts and received his Master’s of Fine Arts in 2016 from the Transart Institute in New York and Berlin. Schumacher’s work is included in prominent collections throughout the Southeast and has been exhibited in solo and groups shows in Nashville, Los Angeles, London, New York, Berlin, and Miami.

KJ Schumacher. c034, 2020. Collage.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Holiday LIGHTS

November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Savor the sights and sounds of the season at Cheekwood and make lasting holiday memories with fun activities for all ages. Our enchanting Holiday LIGHTS experience was voted the best event in Nashville by Nashville Scene and is Nashville’s favorite holiday tradition, with one mile of lights glowing throughout the gardens. This year only, experience Holiday LIGHTS with the addition of Chihuly at Cheekwood lit up throughout the estate.

Sean Kenney’s Nature POP! Made with LEGO® Bricks

May 1 – September 5, 2021

From acclaimed artist Sean Kenney and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, this exhibition features over 40 sculptures made from more than 800,000 LEGO® Bricks. Inspired by the Pop art movement, Kenney’s work blurs the boundaries between austere and the everyday, drawing from a belief that everything is interconnected. Sean Kenney’s Nature POP! Made with LEGO® Bricks explores the beauty of nature through highly stylized, colorful displays that stand in striking contrast with their surroundings. Presenting a playful spin on traditional sculptural art, this exhibition is an accessible experience for all ages designed to inspire visitors to create something wonderful themselves.


© Sean Kenney www.seankenney.com

The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stone Work

August 14, 2021 – October 31, 2021

The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stone Work is the first large-scale museum examination of the artist’s career in over twenty years. A Nashville native and the first Black artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Edmondson remains one of the most important self-taught artists of the twentieth-century. This exhibition, accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue published by Vanderbilt University Press, draws upon new scholarship on Edmondson to reevaluate the full breadth of his sculptural output on its own terms and as part of a comprehensive practice.

Past Exhibitions

View a list of past exhibitions that took place at Cheekwood.

Past exhibitions

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