By Month

Exhibition openings, artist lectures, books signings and more take place throughout the year at Booth Western Art Museum. See the schedule below for a full list of all upcoming events and exhibitions.

April

Art for Lunch: Cowboy Artists of America Turn 50
April 1, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Executive Director Seth Hopkins explores who the Cowboy Artists are and their importance to Western Art. The lunch menu will include Caesar salad, braised beef with mushroom brown gravy, white rice and jalapeno rice, glazed carrots, lemon meringue pie and key lime pie.

Presidential Photographer Lecture Series & Book Signing
April 4, 2:00 pm – Bergman Theatre
Robert McNeely has traveled the world and roamed the halls of the White House documenting the day-to-day political and private life of President Bill Clinton. Trusted by Clinton, McNeely had full access to document the inner workings of the presidency. McNeely’s book The Clinton Years: The Photographs of Robert McNeely is available in the Booth Store.

Presidential Photographer Lecture Series & Book Signing
April 12, 2:00 pm – Bergman Theatre
Eric Draper shadowed President George W. Bush, recording every event from the attacks of 9/11 to the intimate moments spent with family. Through Draper’s lens, history was documented by roughly 1 million photos over an eight year span. Draper’s book Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush is available in the Booth Store.

Exhibition Opening Reception and Evening Lecture: The President’s Photographer 
April 16, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for the official opening of The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office and hear members of Michael Evans’ family discuss his work as personal photographer for Ronald Reagan during his first term as President.

May

The Civil War Comes Alive!
May 2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Museum Festival Grounds
Co-hosted by the Booth and the Bartow History Museum, this event will bring the Civil War to life as we reflect back on the events of 150 years ago.  Re-enactors will offer displays and presentations on weapons, uniforms, music, food, signaling, the home front and much more. A school program version of this event will be offered on May 1st.

Art for Lunch: Processing Photographs of the President
May 6, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
From 1966 to 1969, as a member of the military, Jim Bice served as a film processor and black & white and color photo technician in Washington D.C. under the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. He worked directly with the first official presidential photographer Yoichi R. Okamoto.  Bice will describe the day-to-day process of being a film processor and the experiences of his career during the LBJ administration. Lunch will be available for purchase.

Booth Artists’ Guild Exhibition Opening Reception
May 21, 5:00 pm – Borderlands Gallery
See the exhibition and meet the artists featured in the Booth Artists’ Guild Annual Exhibition. Light refreshments will be available in the Borderlands Meeting Room.

Summer Entertainment Series: Granville Automatic
May 21, 7:00 pm – Booth Ballroom
Named after a 19th–century typewriter, Granville Automatic writes and performs songs devoted to telling stories from the past. Their latest album, An Army Without Music: Civil War Stories from Hallowed Ground, tells the haunting stories of sorrow and perseverance, 150 years following the American Civil War. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm; a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 for Booth Museum Members and $35 for not-yet-members. Call 770-387-1300 to purchase tickets. For more information on the Summer Entertainment Series, click here.

June

Art for Lunch: Skyhorse Saddles
June 3, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Lisa and Loren Skyhorse have been master saddle makers since 1972. Join them as they describe their journey from raising Arabian horses, to honing their skills of saddle making. Several Skyhorse Saddles will be on display, including some that are in process for an in-depth look into the art of saddle making. Lunch available for purchase.

Cowboy Artists of America 50th Anniversary Reunion
June 25 – 28
Booth Western Art Museum is honored to be the official host for the national 50th Anniversary Reunion of the Cowboy Artists of America. Current CAA members, former members, collectors, gallery owners and Western art fans from throughout the country will gather in Cartersville June 25 through 28 for a celebration commemorating the milestone. Among the activities planned to mark the anniversary are three exhibition openings, a symposium, banquet and fun events that encourage interaction with the artists.  Often referred to as the CAA or simply CA, this is the group most responsible for the current size and scope of the Western art market. For more information and a full schedule of events, click here.

July

Summer Entertainment Series: Pickxen
July 16, 7:00 pm – Booth Ballroom
From deep in the Southland – somewhere between Louisville and Loxahatchee – comes Pickxen, a band spreading musical fairy dust all over the kudzu covered hills. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm; a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 for Booth Museum Members and $35 for not-yet-members. Call 770-387-1300 to purchase tickets. For more information on the Summer Entertainment Series, click here.

August

Art for Lunch: The TV Cowboy Myth with Jim Dunham
August 5, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
From the earliest Old West cattle drives the man on horseback had been treated as romantic in novels and pulp fiction. However, it was the TV Westerns beginning in the 1950s  that established the myth of the Cowboy Hero. John Booth Museum Historian Jim Dunham as he talks about the influence of this era. Lunch available for purchase.

Summer Entertainment Series: Trails Plowed Under
August 20, 7:00 pm – Booth Ballroom
Join Jim Dunham and Jim Dorsett as they perform Trails Plowed Under. Dunham will paint and perform as famous Western artist Charlie Russell while Dorsett performs Western songs related to the work of Russell. All ticket holders will have a chance to win the completed painting at the end of the show. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm; a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 for Booth Museum Members and $35 for not-yet-members. Call 770-387-1300 to purchase tickets. For more information on the Summer Entertainment Series, click here.

12th Booth Birthday Party & Member Appreciation Day
August 22, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Celebrate Booth’s 12th Birthday with a day full of activities including continuous entertainment in Bergman Theatre, art activities throughout the Museum, and a free lunch for Museum Members.

September

Art for Lunch: TBD
September 2, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Evening Lecture: TBD
September 17, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre

October

Art for Lunch: TBD
October 7, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

13th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium
October 22-25
Enjoy entertainment throughout the four day event, including Western music, fast draw competitions, Gunfight re-enactments, demonstrations of Native American dances, and so much more! The Kids Corner of the Festival & Symposium will feature a petting zoo, pony rides, and a variety of free activities for children.

Passport to the West
October 22, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Museum Festival Grounds
History comes alive for students with demonstrations of pottery making, blacksmithing, chair caning, spinning, beading, chuck wagon cooking, flint knapping, and life at a trading post. Living history performers, Jim Sawgrass and Little Big Mountain will present programs on Native American culture for students. This program is appropriate for grades 2 – 12. Admission is $5 for students; $3 for adults; teachers are free. Call 770-387-3849 to schedule your school group.

Exhibition Opening and Featured Artists Evening Lecture
October 22, 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Members and guests are invited to view Three Point Perspective: Dean, Elliott & Hagege, the works of art by Glenn Dean, Josh Elliot, and Logan Maxwell Hagege. The artists will conduct a gallery walk at 4:30 pm in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Refreshments will be served in the Atrium from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. At 7:00 pm in Bergman Theatre, Glenn, Josh, and Logan featured artists for the Festival & Symposium, will discuss their artistic careers.

Cowboy Festival Concert
October 24, 7:00 pm – Grand Theatre

November

Art for Lunch: Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
November 4, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Nonfiction, Biographer T.J. Stiles newest book is a biography of George Armstrong Custer. Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America is Stiles attempt to show how Custer lived on a great wave of change that transformed America in the Civil War era. Following the presentation, Stiles will be available for a book signing. Lunch and books will be available for purchase.

Exhibition Opening and Evening Lecture
November 21, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre

December

Art for Lunch: TBD
December 2, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Pictures with Cowboy Santa, Children’s Saturday & Store Open House
December 5, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Members and guests are invited to visit Cowboy Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Store from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm and have their picture made.  From 10:30 am to Noon, an ornament decorating activity will be held in the Booth Sculpture Court; and throughout the day, special sales will be offered in the Museum Store.

January

Art for Lunch: TBD
January 6, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Evening Lecture: TBD
January 21, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre

February

Art for Lunch: TBD
February 3, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Presidents’ Day at Booth Museum
February 15, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Special day for Home School students in grades 2-12. Celebrate Presidents’ Day at Booth Western Art Museum and Bartow History Museum! Explore the Presidential Gallery, participate in art activities and make discoveries about the Presidents at both museums.

Boots N’ Saddles
February 19, 7:00 pm – Downtown Gallery
Join friends of the Booth for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, surprises, and just a darn good time! Dress casual and wear your Western attire. For more information click here.

For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction
February 20, 5:30 pm
The Booth’s annual fundraising gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner, live art auction, and entertainment.  The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Booth Western Art Museum Lifetime Achievement Award to artist Tom Hill.  For more information click here.

March

Art for Lunch: TBD
March 2, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

13th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering
March 10 – 12
Join us for a three-day celebration of the West including art exhibitions; featured artist Michael Naranjo; featured entertainer concert; finals of the Writing Through Art Literary Contest; children’s activities; the largest chuck wagon cook-off east of the Mississippi; and much more! For a full schedule of events, click here.