Theatre Lobby Gallery
Route 66 Meets Highway 41: Roadside Impressions by Chuck Middlekauff
August 18 – November 8, 2009 – Theatre Lobby Gallery
Chuck Middlekauff was first exposed to the Western culture of cowboys, truckers, and diners during cross country car trips with his family. Today, he relishes the challenge of painting windmills, roadside attractions and billboards that show textures induced by weathering and years of hard use.  Route 66 has provided consistent subject matter for Middlekauff for years; however, an invitation from the Booth Museum to explore Highway 41 was an opportunity he readily accepted.  This exhibition will showcase works inspired by each of these legendary roads.

Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography & Painting the Canyon: Works from Grand Canyon Collections 
August 8 – October 25, 2009 – Special Exhibition Gallery
Created by the Grand Canyon Association and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES), Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photographyshowcases 60 photographs covering the photographic history of the Grand Canyon. Included are images of early photographers dangling from cables to get the perfect shot along with more modern images that are bold and dramatic, revealing the canyon’s awesome views.

Authentically American: The Taos Society of Artists
May 26 – August 16 – Theatre Lobby Gallery
In the early 1900s a small group of academically trained artists formed the Taos Society of Artists.  Their goal was to promote a truly American art as an alternative to much of what was then being produced, which they considered merely an east coast version of European art.  By depicting the Taos Indians and the landscape of Northern New Mexico these artists brought fame to Taos and themselves.  The exhibition includes examples from many of the Taos Society members, drawn from the Olson Family Collection.

April 11 – July 19 – Special Exhibition Gallery
Wild at Heart: Selections from the National Museum of Wildlife Art
Drawn from the collection of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this exhibition features paintings and sculpture by the greatest wildlife artists of the 19 th and 20 th century. Wildlife from all regions of the United States is included, with a heavy emphasis on the West. Artists represented include deceased masters such as Albert Bierstadt, George Catlin and Charles Russell, along with contemporary masters like Tucker Smith, Bob Kuhn and Robert Bateman.

March 3 – May 24 – Theatre Lobby Gallery
Contemporary Visions of the West: The Art of John Nieto
John Nieto is recognized as one of the world’s leading painters of the contemporary West.  Nieto’s work clearly reflects his mixed Hispanic and Native American heritage.  His distinct style includes elements from his native New Mexico, as well as his travels to Europe where he was influenced by the expressionist painters who released their subconscious in their paintings.

January 13 – April 5 – Borderlands Gallery
Fresh Perspectives from Saltwater Climes: Renderings by Bob Graham
Artist Bob Graham, working from his home state of South Carolina, is known for his rendering of characters from America’s past. Although he has earned the nickname “The Saltwater Cowboy” for his numerous paintings of Western subjects, his passion for recreating historical caricatures emerges from his participation in Civil War re-enactments and activities that celebrate American heritage.