CHEEKWOOD ANNOUNCES POP-UP GALLERY FEATURING SCULPTOR LONNIE HOLLEY
NASHVILLE, TN. – Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art will participate in Downtown Nashville’s October 4 Art Crawl with an exciting pop-up gallery featuring internationally known and self-taught artist Lonnie Holley. This is the third year Cheekwood has had a pop-up gallery during Artober Nashville, a month-long celebration of arts and culture in the city. The temporary exhibition will feature a collaborative community sculpture created by Holley and students from Nashville School for the Arts.
Mr. Holley is best known for making art out of discarded material that he finds on his travels and in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Defying the idea of waste and abandonment, he gives his found objects new life, incorporating metal, wood, plastic, Styrofoam and other “trash” as the primary material for his sculptural art. Holley plans to work with the NSA students to create a sculptural work utilizing old cell phones and other found materials to represent the “power of Nashville.”
Lonnie Holley has collaborated with young Nashvillians in the past, notably working with youth at the OASIS Center in early 2014 to create sculptures out of old bicycle parts. The project involved teachers as well, and was part of a curriculum workshop sponsored by the Ayres Institute for Teacher Learning & Innovation at Lipscomb University.
Holley’s most visible Nashville creation was officially unveiled in August 2014 when the artist returned to the city for the inauguration of the renovated Edmondson Park on Charlotte Avenue. Supported by an NEA Art Works grant, The Metro Nashville Arts Commission commissioned Holley and another artist, Thornton Dial, to create public sculptures for the park. Holley’s Supported by the Ancestors, a monumental sculpture made from steel and stone, as well as Dial’s Road to the Mountaintop are now permanently installed in the Park.
“Cheekwood is delighted to bring Lonnie Holley back to Nashville to help deepen his ties with the city through another community project,” said Jochen Wierich, Chief Curator. “We’re also excited to demonstrate our commitment to Nashville’s arts community with an innovative, off-site exhibition. It’s an honor to participate in the Art Crawl again this year.”
Cheekwood’s Pop-Up Gallery exhibition coincides with its William Edmondson and Friends: Breaking the Mold exhibition opening in the Museum of Art on September 27. Though Holley was born in 1950, the year before Edmondson died, his art career parallels Edmonson’s: both self-taught artists got their start carving tombstones, and both are characterized by their spiritual urge to create. Holley is represented in the William Edmondson and Friends exhibition with a metal and wood mixed-media dog sculpture that echoes Edmondson’s larger animal works.
Cheekwood’s Pop Up Gallery is located inside L Gallery at 73 Arcade in downtown Nashville and is sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners. The Art Crawl takes place on October 4, 2014, from 6 – 9 p.m.; Holley’s collaborative sculpture will remain on display at the L Gallery from October 6-11 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
About Artober Nashville:
Artober Nashville is a month-long celebration of arts and culture in Nashville, designed to inform and inspire the community’s awareness of and participation in the array of activities during the month of October. It is held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, designated by Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The celebration includes all arts and cultural activities, including visual and performing arts, music, craft, film and commercial businesses that may present arts activities. The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and NowPlayingNashville partner with hundreds of arts and cultural organizations throughout Nashville to highlight the depth and breadth of arts activities with official Artober Nashville events.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.
Cheekwood presents world-class art exhibitions, showcases breathtaking gardens, and offers education programs and seasonal festivals to school children and families as well as to the citizens of Nashville and its visitors. Its attendance and membership have dramatically increased in recent years, and the institution has become an increasingly accessible and relevant place in the Nashville community. In 2013, Cheekwood welcomed over 300,000 visitors, making us one of the city’s top cultural attractions, with approximately 12,000 member households.
Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, seniors $12 and children 3-17 are $7. Parking is $3 per car. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.