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.

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