December 20, 2008 – March 22, 2009 – Special Exhibition Gallery
The Black West: Buffalo Soldiers, Black Cowboys & Untold Stories
Showcasing the work of 16 contemporary African American artists, this exhibition sheds new light on the important role blacks played in developing the West. In addition to the stories of black cowboys and buffalo soldiers, works of art will also feature black lawmen, explorers, rodeo stars and women. Participating artists include: Bernard Williams, Ed Dwight, Burl Washington, Eddie Dixon, Bobb Vann, Michael Godfrey and many others.
December 20, 2008 – March , 2009 – Theatre Lobby Gallery
Abandoned Beauty: Trucks of Enchantment, Photographs by Barbara Bowles
Based in Santa Fe, Barbara Bowles has traveled the Southwestern United States discovering unique subjects for her photography, including junkyards. Using her camera, she has captured the spirit of a bygone era, as well as the color and textural variations that can be seen in weathering and decaying vehicles along with other subjects from her Native New Mexico and beyond. Meet the artist reception and lecture on January 17.
November 18, 2008 – January 11, 2009 – Borderlands Gallery
Fifth Annual Kids Cowboy Up!
Throughout the year, staff members from the Booth Western Art Museum work with members of the Cartersville Boys & Girls Club and the Hands of Christ after School program to create artwork in a variety of media. This annual exhibition gathers the best works of art created during the preceding year. The young artists range from elementary school to high school students
September 16, 2008 – December 7, 2008- Theatre Lobby Gallery
Dust and Pearls: Showing ATTITUDE in Cowboys and Cowgirls
This exhibition showcased the artwork of Santa Fe artist David DeVary, featured artist for the 6th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium. DeVary believes the cowboy and cowgirl are the American icons of today. As such, these subjects deserve to be painted like the religious icon paintings of much earlier times. DeVary uses metals such as copper, gold and silver along with oil paint to present colorful portraits of cowboys and cowgirls who are full of attitude and raw emotion.
August 16, 2008 – November 30, 2008- Special Exhibition Gallery
Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line II
This second edition in the Booth Western Art Museum’s triennial series, displays a cross- section of the surprising wealth of Western American art from museums, private collectors, galleries and corporate collections in Georgia and surrounding states. Featured artists include American masters Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Joseph Henry Sharp, E.I. Couse and Charles Russell and Ansel Adams. Contemporary western artists include Howard Terpning, Clyde Aspevig, Ken Riley and Alyce Frank.
September 23 – November 16, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery
Drawing on a Legacy: Recent Works by Cherokee Artist Tony Weldon
Of Cherokee descent, Weldon’s passion for his family heritage led him to begin drawing Native Americans. His works, based upon historical research, are highly developed in terms of technique, but also tell a story and convey emotions. One of Tony’s drawings is part of the permanent Booth Museum Collection, while another was recently accepted into the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. This exhibition recognizes the Cherokee heritage that links the West with the Southeast.
September 23 – November 16, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery
Weaving a Trail Back Home: Cherokee Basketry Traditions
Featuring the artistry of basket makers Eva Wolfe and Rowena Bradley this exhibition is drawn from the collection of Lambert Wilson in western North Carolina, home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. The baskets selected represent the continuing tradition of an art form for which Cherokee people have been known for centuries. It also reminds us of the local roots of a people that became divided between East and West after the infamous Trail of Tears.
June 24, 2008 – September 14, 2008 – Theatre Lobby Gallery
Hidden Heritage: Western Art Treasures from an Atlanta Collection
An Atlanta couple that shared a love for the West and Western art spent over twenty years building an excellent collection of Western images, including many outstanding examples from members of the Cowboy Artists of America. This exhibition surveyed the best of the collection, including powerful oil paintings, highly detailed pencil drawings and dramatic bronze sculptures. This collection reminds us that some of the best examples of Western American art are practically in our backyard.
July 29, 2008 – September 21, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery
“Neo-abOrginal Art: The Sculptural Marvels of Ed Archie NoiseCat”
Born and raised in British Columbia, Ed Archie Noisecat was surrounded and influenced by the stories and art forms of the Native Americans of the Northwest Pacific Coast. Although formally trained in New York, and utilizing contemporary methods and materials in his sculpture, Ed continues to evoke the carving traditions of his ancestors. Recently, Noisecat has worked in Oklahoma and New Mexico and has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine. Although he has won awards for large public art commissions, he has also continued to carve works on a small scale.
May 3 – July 27, 2008 – Special Exhibition Gallery
SPACE SILENCE SPIRIT: MAYNARD DIXON’S WEST
The Hays Collection with selections from Brigham Young University
This exhibition featured over 75 drawings, small paintings and memorabilia from the A.P. Hays Collection and 15 studio paintings from the stellar collection of Brigham Young University Museum of Art. The Hays Collection included works by two of Dixon’s wives, Dorothea Lange and Edith Hamlin. An array of recently handmade frames include the artists hand-carved monogram and logo.
June 3 – July 27, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery
3rd Biennial Staff, Volunteer, and Member Art Exhibition
This exhibition was an opportunity for members, volunteers and staff of the Booth Museum to display the creative talent of the local museum community. Submissions were limited to associates and affiliates of the Booth Museum.
April 8 – June 1, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery
Shadow Riders: Rodeo Photography of Mark Gilliland
Mark Gilliland’s black and white photographs give us a behind the scenes look at the vernacular Rodeo traditions of small-town America. In fact, this exhibition featured images taken at a recent rodeo in Ringgold just south of the Tennessee State Line in Georgia. The exhibition included a photograph that was awarded Grand Prize in a competition for Cowboys and Indians Magazine.
April 1 – June 22, 2008 – Theatre Lobby Gallery
CAPTURED ON CANVAS! Gunfighters and Outlaws by Bob Boze Bell and Thom Ross
Bob Boze Bell and Thom Ross are life-long students of Western history; yet choose to create their artwork in a stylized manner that separates it from traditional Western realism. This exhibition focused on their work related to famous individuals such as Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, “Wild Bill” Hickok, Billy “The Kid” and other historical figures.
December 22, 2007 – April 13, 2008 – Special Exhibition Gallery
21st Century Regionalists: Art of the New West
This exhibition featured the art of more than a dozen Western artists who work in a distinctively regional style. While these artists have much in common with the Regionalist movement of the 1930s, they are also quite contemporary, employing modernist techniques and often dealing with poignant social issues.Participating artists selected by guest curator James Burns include: Woody Gwyn, Elaine Holien, Tricia Higgins Hurt, Trish Booth, Howard Post, Doug Smith, Jim Vogel, Josh Eliot, Gary Ernest Smith, Louisa McElwain, Ed Sandoval, Rebecca Tobey, Joshua Tobey and Mark Yale Harris.
February 12 – April 6, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery
The Two Sides of Julia Knight: Old and New Works in Bronze
Julia Knight’s credentials as a bronze sculptor serve as an example of the artistic wealth of Northwest Georgia. Although not a Western artist, her work reflects the Western American spirit of celebrating the diversity of the human and animal personalities that surround us. This exhibit featured a number of her bronze portrait busts, including her depiction of President Jimmy Carter, commissioned by the Booth Western Art Museum.
A Time and Place: Landscapes by Ken McLeskey – Borderlands Gallery
Ken McLesky spent his formative years in the urban environs of Atlanta, studying illustration at Atlanta College of Art. However, his discovery of the open spaces and landmarks of the American West inspired him to focus on the beauty and power of these sites in his landscape paintings. The artwork in this exhibition anticipated the coming of Spring and the renewal of life.
January 8 – March 30, 2008 – Theatre Lobby Gallery
Like Father Like Son: The Western Art of Paul and Chris Calle
This exhibition included more than 20 works of art by famed Western artist Paul Calle and his talented son Chris. Paul’s depictions of mountain men in both oil and pencil are highly prized by collectors. His depictions of explorers of new frontiers extend from high elevations to space travel. Chris has followed in his father’s footsteps by drawing mountain men, but has also made a name for himself as a designer of postage stamps with more than 200 stamps in circulation. In addition to work by each artist, collaborative projects were also on display. The Calles were the Featured Artists for the 5th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, March 6 – 9.