Frank Harding: Collection of a Cattleman
August 2, 2016 – January 5, 2017 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery
Earlier this year Booth Museum Director Seth Hopkins received a call from businessman Duncan Alexander, who had acquired a collection of Western art from his late business partner, Frank Harding. Duncan hoped to find a museum that would appreciate the collection and honor Harding. A quick visit to Illinois confirmed the collection had important pieces by leading contemporary artists Harry Jackson, Joe Beeler, Gordon Snidow, Tom Ryan, Robert Lougheed, and James Boren. An agreement was reached for the collection to be placed on loan, with the understanding it will be given to the Booth. The Booth Museum is fortunate to be able to share this collection with the public and grateful for the opportunity to work with Duncan Alexander to honor the spirit of Frank Harding, Cattleman and Collector.

13th Annual Kids Cowboy Up!
November 15, 2016 – January 8, 2017 – Borderlands Gallery
Throughout the year, staff members from 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.

65 Years of Chasing Sunlight: The Art of Merrill Mahaffey
October 20, 2016 – February 19, 2017 – Temporary Exhibition Gallery
Merrill Mahaffey completed his first painting in 1950. He says he has been on a quest ever since, “chasing the sunlight across the land trying to capture the exact luminosity that makes ordinary places magical.” Known for his highly detailed paintings of rock formations, canyon walls and mines, Mahaffey contrasts light and shadow to great effect. Through nearly 30 paintings, this exhibition highlights the best of his work over the last 20 years.

Robert E. McGinnis: Hall of Fame Illustrator
January 6 – March 1, 2017 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery
Robert McGinnis is known as one of his generation’s greatest illustrators. Over a seven decade career he has created art for publications like Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Time, and The Saturday Evening Post and cover images for over 1,200 books, ranging in subject from detective stories and thrillers to romance novels and Western tales. He also contributed artwork for more than 40 movie posters, most notably Breakfast at Tiffany’s, many of the James Bond 007 films, the Odd Couple, and Barbarella and garnered success as a Western artist. Among the highlights in his award winning career was his 1993 election to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame and the receipt of the 2017 Booth Western Art Museum Lifetime Achievement Award.

Yoho National Park: A Canadian Gem – Photographs by Peter Essick
January 10 – March 12, 2017 – Borderlands Gallery
Each January Booth Museum highlights the work of a Georgia artist whose artwork relates to the Museum’s mission, by highlighting them in a one-person exhibition. Peter Essick, a National Geographic photographer based in Stone Mountain will be the 2017 honoree. He will be the first photographer to have their work showcased in this series. The exhibition centers around a portfolio of 33 images from Canada’s Yoho National Park, seen in the June 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine.

Howard Terpning: 70 Years of Art
December 15, 2016 – March 26, 2017 – Special Exhibition Gallery
Including art from across his entire career, this will be the first retrospective of the Western master Howard Terpning. Included will be examples of his early illustrations, movie posters for major motion pictures – including The Sound of Music and Gone With the Wind – combat art from a tour with the United States Marines in Vietnam as a civilian combat artist, and nearly 40 major paintings from his fine art career.

2017 Olmsted Collectors Preview Exhibition
March 2 – March 30, 2017 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery
The 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational is a 7-day event featuring 30 of the world’s greatest collectible artists producing beautiful landscape paintings. As the most prestigious invitational Plein Air Painting competitions in the United States, the 2017 Olmsted Collectors Preview Exhibition showcases 30 paintings created by the Field of Invited Master Artists. The 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational is April 2-9, 2017 in Atlanta. Artwork in the Preview Exhibition is available for public purchase through the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational.

Middle & High Schools Art Exhibition
March 14 – April 9 – Borderlands Gallery
At Booth Western Art Museum, we take pride in providing a venue for emerging and talented young artists. The artwork in this exhibit is the product of students from the middle and high schools in the Bartow County, Cartersville City, and Excel Christian Academy School Systems. Throughout the school year, art teachers in each of the high schools expose their students to a wide variety of art mediums. For this exhibit, each art teacher has selected a number of pieces that are representative of the work from their school art programs.

Primary & Elementary Schools Art Exhibition
April 11 – May 14 – Borderlands Gallery
At Booth Western Art Museum we take pride in providing a venue for emerging and talented young artists. The artwork in this exhibit is the product of students from primary and elementary schools in the Bartow County and Cartersville City School Systems. Throughout the school year, art teachers in each of the primary and elementary schools expose their students to a wide variety of art mediums. For this exhibit, each art teacher has selected a number of pieces that are representative of the work of their school art programs.

Embrace the Struggle: The Art of Chris Navarro
March 9 – June 11 – Temporary Exhibition Gallery
This display of over 30 sculpture and large scale photographs of monumental projects around the country shows how Navarro overcame the struggles of evolving from bull rider to professional bronze artist. Tackling a wide range of subjects, the artist has developed a style much sought after by committees wishing to commission a monument. He will be the Featured Artist for the 2017 Southeast Cowboy Gathering, presenting a lecture on his work at the opening and signing his book Embrace the Struggle: The Art of Chris Navarro on March 9. Navarro will lead a workshop on March 10.

Booth Artists’ Guild Annual Exhibition
May 16 – August 20 – Borderlands Gallery
This juried exhibition features the work of painters and sculptors who are members of the Booth Artists’ Guild, a group that meets monthly for educational artistic programs.

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe
April 15 – August 27 – Special Exhibition Gallery
This impressive exhibit showcases more than 70 intimate photographs and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John Jr. — photos that helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot” — by Jacques Lowe, Kennedy’s personal photographer from 1958 through his early years in the White House. “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe” was developed by the Newseum in collaboration with the Jacques Lowe Estate. The Newseum, an interactive museum of news, is located in Washington, D.C.. www.newseum.org. For additional information on the exhibition, click here.

Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present
June 29 – October 8 – Temporary Exhibition Gallery
For well over 100 years artists have been drawn to the red rocks of the Four Corners region in the American Southwest. Works by two of the most famous to paint the area, Maynard Dixon and Edgar A. Payne, will set the tone for enjoying the art of current masters G. Russell Case, Denise LaRue Mahlke, Ray Roberts and Matt Read Smith.

Ansel Adams: The Masterworks
April 8 – November 5 – Picturing America Gallery
Booth Museum has acknowledged the growth and importance of photography as a fine art medium with a new permanent photography gallery, Picturing America. In conjunction with the gallery opening, Ansel Adams: The Masterworks showcases 30 photographs from an edition known as The Museum Set – images hand selected, printed, and signed by Adams himself. Exhibited together for the first time ever, these images are loaned from the personal collection of Virginia Adams Mayhew, Ansel’s granddaughter.

Booth Photography Guild Annual Exhibition
August 22 – November 12 – Borderlands Gallery
This juried exhibition features the work of photographers who are members of the Booth Photography Guild, a group that meets monthly for educational photographic programs.

Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line V
September 16 – December 31 – Special Exhibition Gallery
This is the fifth installment in the Booth’s signature triennial exhibition series, featuring seldom seen great works of Western art from public and private Southern collections. Included are more than 90 paintings, sculpture, photographs and objects in a wide range of range of media and styles covering over 100 years of art history. Sweet Tea V will include excellent examples from a wide range of artists including early painters like George Catlin, Willam Ranney, Charles Deas, Charles Bird King and John Mix Stanley who established the foundations for Western art in the early to mid-1800s. Included works by Charlie Russell and Thomas Moran epitomize the next generation of artists to depict the West. The Taos and Santa Fe art colonies are also well represented, with paintings by E. I. Couse, Joseph Henry Sharp, William “Buck” Dunton, and Walter Ufer. The mid 1900s is a down period for Western art according to many sources, citing the growth of abstract expressionism and pop art, but paintings by Gerald Curtis Delano, Frank Tenney Johnson and Carl Rungius testify to the enduring love artists have for the West. Living master artists Jim Norton, Clyde Aspevig and many others will bring the Western story up to the present. Sweet Tea V also includes an emphasis on works by some of today’s top Native artists, including Kevin Red Star, T.C. Cannon, Dan Namingha, Tony Abeyta, and R.C. Gorman. Likewise, female artists have always been a prominent part of this exhibition series, and this iteration is no different with artists like Marjorie Reed, Carrie Ballantyne and Amy Ringholz in the mix. In addition to dazzling paintings, several other mediums will be on view, including sculpture by Cyrus Dallin and Fritz White, photographs by Imogen Cunningham and Paul Strand, and folk art by Ben Ortega and Mamie Deschillie. The Sweet Tea series is also known for a surprise or two in each installation – in Sweet Tea V be on the lookout for a massive work by one of the hottest New York contemporary artists, Bo Bartlett. Sweet Tea V is sponsored in part by A New Dimension Graphic Design & Printing, Inc., Susan & Bill Brogdon, Robin & Mike Farrens, Medicine Man Gallery, Zaplin Lampert Gallery, and Georgia Public Broadcasting (Official Media Partner).

14th Annual Kids Cowboy Up!
November 14 – December 31 – Borderlands Gallery
Throughout the year, staff members from Booth Western Art Museum work with members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bartow County 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.