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.
15th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium
As the largest Western themed event in the South, thousands of participants are expected to visit the four-day Festival & Symposium, which is packed with events such as gunfight re-enactments, Native American dancing, art-related events with a Featured Artist, concert by Featured Entertainer Sons of the Pioneers, children’s activities, Cowboy Church, and so much more! For a full schedule of events, click here.
Passport to the West
October 26 & 27, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Museum Festival Grounds
Enjoy riveting performances of “From East to West” by Native Americans, Laura Alcorn and Little Big Mountain. View full encampments of Southern Plains Comanche and Eastern Woodland Indians and learn the differences between tribes. Discover what Native American life was like from both the male and female perspective. Additional demonstrations of pottery making, blacksmithing, spinning, chuck wagon cooking, flint knapping, bee keeping, and life at a trading post will fascinate students as they take this educational journey to the West. This program is appropriate for grades 2 – 12. Admission is $5 for students; $3 plus tax for adults; classroom teachers are free; includes Museum admission. Call 770-387-3849 to schedule your school group. Passport to the West is available for scheduling on Friday, October 27 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.
Exhibition Opening and Featured Artist Evening Lecture
October 26, 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Booth Museum Members and guests are invited to attend an exhibition opening by our Featured Artist. The artist will conduct a gallery walk at 4:30 pm in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Refreshments will be served in the Atrium beginning at 5:30 pm. At 7:00 pm in Bergman Theatre, Booth Museum Members and guests are invited to hear the Featured Artist discuss his/her career as an artist. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.
Western Art History Symposium
October 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Bergman Theatre
A series of four lecture-style presentations lasting 45 minutes with time for questions and answers at the end and a break for lunch. The Western Art History Symposium is included with general admission to the Museum. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.
Painting Demonstration and Conversation with Featured Artist Howard Post
October 28, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Bergman Theatre
In third grade Howard Post decided to become an artist. When he was told he couldn’t make a living as an artist he became an illustrator. That career exposed him to many different approaches and subjects and taught him discipline. “You can’t sit around waiting for inspiration,” he says. Today, this native Arizonan is considered a master impressionist who shows the contemporary West in a modern fashion. This event will be moderated by Booth Executive Director Seth Hopkins. Presented by the Booth Art Academy. Registration is $30 for Booth Museum Members and $40 for not-yet-members. For additional information click here. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.
Southeastern Cowboy Festival
October 28, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Museum Festival Grounds
Enjoy three stages of entertainment! Re-enactments of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Western music, Native American dancing, living history encampments, and more! Shop for Western art, jewelry, clothing, food, pottery, and more! Cowpoke Corner includes free children’s art projects, hay bale calf roping, Western Bouncy House, Little Red Barn Petting Zoo and Chalk Art Demonstrations! For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.
Cowboy Festival Concert with Featured Entertainer Sons of the Pioneers
October 28, 7:00 pm – Grand Theatre
For more than 75 years, the Sons of the Pioneers have performed the music of the American West – the landscape, people, and culture. Signature songs such as Tumbling Tumbleweed, Cool Water and Ghost Riders in the Sky, have become forever entwined into the very fabric of the West. Their songs are unabashed love songs to the West, one of the things that makes them different. Tickets are $25 (plus tax) for Booth Museum Members and $30 (plus tax) for the general public. Ticket sales are non-refundable. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Museum or Grand Theatre Box Office or they can be purchased online by clicking here. The Featured Entertainer Concert is presented by South 93.5. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.
Southeastern Cowboy Festival
October 29, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Museum Festival Grounds
The final day of the Festival & Symposium will begin with Cowboy Church, a non-denominational service featuring cowboy prayers and Western spiritual music. The Cowboy Festival & Symposium will then continue with another full day of entertainment, children’s activities and the Western marketplace from noon to 5:00 pm on the Festival Grounds. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.
Art for Lunch: Stacking of Arms: The Civil War Surrender Ceremonies”
November 1, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Lieutenant General U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. The terms Grant extended served as a template for negotiations with the various Confederate forces continuing to offer resistance. After four years of fighting, the American Civil War – unlike similar conflicts in other nations – ended with the victor focusing on reunification instead of annihilation. This is a special lecture from Civil War historian Michael K. Shaffer. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.
Exhibition Opening Reception: 14th Annual Kids Cowboy Up!
November 16, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Borderlands Gallery
Members and guests are invited to view the 14th Annual Kids Cowboy Up! exhibition featuring artwork by members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bartow County and the Hands of Christ After School Program. Refreshments will be served in Borderlands Meeting Room.
Exhibition Opening: Zoë Marieh Urness: Keeping the Traditions Alive
November 16, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Zoë Urness as she discusses her unique style of photography during a Gallery Walk with Curator of Photography Mary Margaret Cornwell at 5:00 pm in the Picturing America Gallery. Enjoy a Meet the Artist Reception beginning at 6:00 pm in the Atrium. At 7:00 pm in Bergman Theatre, Urness will discuss how she combines documentary and fine art photography to reflect the ancestral strength of her subjects. Program included with admission.
Art for Lunch: Western Therapy with Kevin Kehoe
December 6, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Self-described as a “New American Painter”, Kevin Kehoe is just that. Four years ago Kehoe left a successful career as an advertising Creative Director to follow his heart and pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a painter. In this time, he has created a series of paintings called Western Therapy that he describes as “The West, and all its grandeur is that spiritual, reverent place that feeds the soul and inspires the heart like no other. The Wide Open West is open wide to possibility. Western Therapy is a celebration of that.” Just in time for the holidays, join Kevin as he presents a special “gift” to the Booth. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.