Cheekwood Estate and Gardens: Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence Series 2023 Open Call

Artist-in-Residence (AIR)

The Cheekwood Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Series is an initiative focused on bringing innovative, dynamic, and intriguing artists to the city of Nashville, Tennessee, for a coveted opportunity to produce an interpretive site-specific exhibition at one of the city’s leading art institution and botanical gardens, Cheekwood. The AIR series invites an artist to create on the estate for a full month (four weeks) and presents them an opportunity to display their works in an indoor and/or outdoor exhibition.

Artists are expected to create onsite for their four-week residency responding to the Cheekwood environment. Throughout the residency, the artist will be offered an environment or studio space in which they are able to work. All artist materials will be provided, and artists are expected to interact with the public and partake in scheduled educational programming. Works produced will be installed with the assistance of the Cheekwood curatorial staff.

How to Apply

Interested artists may send a CV, a letter of intent, an artist statement, and a portfolio of 15-20 recent and representative works to by the deadline. All inquires about the program may also be directed at this email address. 

Residency Length
4 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Paper Arts
Meals Provided
Food stipend provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Exhibition / Installation Space
Type of Housing
Private housing off campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Additional Eligibility Information

Artists currently enrolled in a degree seeking program are not eligible. A Bachelor of Fine Arts is preferred. 

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Artists will receive an honorarium, meal stipend, and initial travel to and from Cheekwood at the beginning and end of the residency. Housing and material costs are provided. 

Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application