Cheekwood Masterpiece Art Series premiers with Degas’ ‘Little Dancer’

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville premiers its Masterpiece Art Series exhibiting a single masterpiece from world-renowned artists. The inaugural presentation debuts March 9, 2024, with the internationally recognizable bronze study for the Little Dancer sculpture by Edgar Degas, Etude de nu pour la danseuse habillée, a rare loan from the Marlene and Spencer Hays collection. The Masterpiece Art Series will run concurrently with Cheekwood’s presentation of Edgar Degas, The Private Impressionist: Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle, an exhibition highlighting work by the French master.

The traveling exhibition, Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works by the Artist & His Circle, opens on March 9 and will be on view through June 16, 2024, alongside the Masterpiece Art Series. The Private Impressionist is an enriching and, at times, personal exhibition illuminating the artist’s observations of human nature through his drawings on paper, along with photographs, prints, monotypes and a private letter.

An additional selection of more than 40 works of art on paper by well-known artists, many of whom were friends of Degas including Mary Cassatt and Paul Cézanne, are part of the traveling exhibition, bringing Degas into focus as one of the most celebrated, elusive, complex and masterful artists in the world. 

Cheekwood in Bloom

Outside in the gardens, the French theme continues as visitors will be treated to the 12th annual Cheekwood in Bloom, a seasonal festival celebrating spring blooms spanning the botanical garden and arboretum’s 55 acres, this year themed Belle Fleurs, and running March 9 – April 14.

Along with 250,000 blooming tulips, daffodils, violas, hyacinths and other varietal bulbs, the French influence will be on full display with signature designs and features of traditional parterre gardens such as scrollwork hedges and clipped vertical shrubs, and Cheekwood’s own mini-Eiffel Tower. Additional programming during Cheekwood in Bloom includes themed workshops and gardening classes, live musical performances and weekend festivities celebrating the season.

Cheekwood is open seven days a week during Cheekwood in Bloom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cheekwood members will have exclusive access to purchase priority tickets. For exhibition details, membership information and more, visit

About Cheekwood 

With its intact and picturesque vistas, Cheekwood is distinguished as one of the leading Country Place Era estates in the nation. Formerly the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, the 1930s estate, with its 30,000-square-foot Mansion and 55-acres of gardens, today serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum and art museum with furnished period rooms and permanent collection galleries devoted to American art from the 18th to mid-20th centuries.

The property includes 13 distinct gardens including the Blevins Japanese Garden and the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, as well as a 1.5-mile woodland trail featuring outdoor monumental sculpture. Each year, Cheekwood hosts seasonal festivals including Cheekwood in Bloom, Summertime at Cheekwood, Cheekwood Harvest and Holiday LIGHTS.

Cheekwood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and nationally as a Level II Arboretum. It is a three-time voted USA Today Top 10 Botanical Garden and in 2021 was recognized by Fodor’s as one of the 12 Most Beautiful Gardens in the American South.

Cheekwood is located eight miles southwest of downtown Nashville at 1200 Forrest Park Drive. It is open Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended days and hours of operation depending on the season.

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