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Three New Exhibitions Open at Cheekwood This Weekend

Three new exhibitions will open at Cheekwood this weekend. The exhibitions will open inside the historic Cheek Mansion and Museum of Art. Starting this weekend, Orchids in the Mansion, Derived from the Decorative and The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards will all be shown at our favorite botanical garden.

Orchids in the Mansion will open inside the historic mansion’s loggia level on Feb. 1. The exhibition is a stylized interpretation of a classic orangery. This is a symbol of the way the Cheek family likely decorated their home with nature.

Derived from the Decorative also opens on Feb. 1. This exhibition includes works by Faig Ahmed, Beth Lipman and Bouke de Vries. Each artists’ work will take cues from “decorative arts traditions to blur the space between functional forms and art forms.” These exhibitions will give a contemporary view on both fine and decorative art.

Also happening this weekend, Cheekwood celebrates 28 years as the host to The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards. These awards recognize outstanding art and achievement by students in seventh grade through 12th grade. The public can view these works from Feb. 2 through March 3. The full list of winners are here.

Full information on each exhibition, provided by Cheekwood, is listed below.

Orchids in the Mansion
Feb. 1 – March 3, 2019
The orchid exhibition at Cheekwood this February will feature a stylized interpretation of a classical orangery and occupy the historic loggia with large palms, tropical foliage and an array of colorful orchids. The orchids will also be displayed throughout the historically redecorated Mansion. Miltoniopsis, Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis orchids will be featured, among others.

Derived from the Decorative: Works by Faig Ahmed, Beth Lipman and Bouke de Vries
Feb. 1 – June 9, 2019
Cheekwood will present an exhibition featuring work by Faig Ahmed (Baku, Azerbaijan), Beth Lipman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Bouke de Vries (Utrecht, the Netherlands). The exhibition consists of artists who take cues from decorative arts traditions yet invert the precepts by blurring the space between functional forms and art forms. The exhibition will celebrate the work of a national and international group of artists who look at traditional decorative arts as a point of departure for contemporary creations. Integrating traditional fabrication methods along with digital contributions, the exhibition will present works that embrace a wide spectrum of time.

The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards
Feb. 2 – March 3, 2019
2019 marks Cheekwood’s 28th year as the regional affiliate for The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards, an art competition and exhibition that aims to support students’ artistic discoveries and encourage them to seek opportunities to showcase their art. An Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Program, The Scholastic Art Awards competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious student art competitions in the country. (See one of the winners’ work in the featured photo.)

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