Booth Western Art Museum hosts a number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. These temporary exhibitions are held in the Museum’s temporary exhibition galleries: Special Exhibition Gallery, Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Picturing America Gallery, and Borderlands Gallery.

Current Exhibitions

Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line V
Through 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!
Through 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.

The West Observed: The Art of Howard Post
Through February 4, 2018 – Temporary Exhibition Gallery
After working as a commercial artist for a period, Howard Post decided in 1980 to paint the lifestyle he knew best – the Arizona ranch traditions and the Arizona landscape. Post is known for his unique aerial perspectives and modern, impressionistic viewpoint. A distant ranch house, cowboys sitting on fence rails, or cattle clustered in a corral are all subjects brought to life by Post’s keen imagination. His use of high perspectives renders people and animals in his works with exceptionally strong shapes and patterns, along with strong, orderly shadow patterns cast by the figures of cattle, cowboys, trees, or fences. This exhibition is organized by the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block.

Zoë Urness: Keeping the Traditions Alive
Through May 27, 2018 – Picturing America Gallery
Zoë Urness uses her art to help preserve the traditions of indigenous people. As a Tlingit Native, her images serve to connect the old ways to the modern day realities of the Native world.

Upcoming Exhibitions

GA Wildlife Artists in SEWE
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
January 9 – March 11, 2018 – Borderlands Gallery
Thirteen Georgia Wildlife artists who exhibit work at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) in Charleston each year will be featured in this exhibit of both paintings and sculpture. Participating artists include: Laura Adams, Bucky Bowles, Broderick Crawford, Peggy Everett, Millie Gosch, Jane Ingols, Jay Kemp, David Lanier, Carl McCleskey, Jan Perkins, Ken Wallin, Peggy Watkins, and Chris Wilson. Learn more about SEWE by clicking here. Exhibition opening January 11, 2018.

Laura Wilson:  That Day
January 20, 2018 – April 29, 2018 – Special Exhibition Gallery
Wilson was first introduced to the art world through her work assisting Richard Avedon on his monumental Western project. She has since gone on to have a major photography career of her own. This body of work represents the highlights of her career, including such Western subjects as rodeo, Western movie making, and small town football. The exhibition showcases more than 60 large scale images. Opening reception January 20, 2018.

Z.Z. Wei: Shadow Stories
February 22, 2018 – June 10, 2018 – Temporary Exhibition Gallery
Born and educated in China, Z.Z. Wei’s views of America allow us to see the hopefulness of a newcomer. His paintings transport us to a place where time stands still. His compositions portray quiet, yet powerful images reminiscent of a whimsical, rural America. Richly complex, they are filled with humor and loneliness, peacefulness and pain. They balance half in shadow, half in light, tempting us to experience a unique and timeless look at life. Z.Z. Wei will be the featured artist for the 2018 Southeastern Cowboy Gathering with the opening reception on March 8, 2018.

The Wildlife Art of Guy Coheleach
June 28, 2018 – October 7, 2018 – Temporary Exhibition Gallery
Wildlife fans, artists, environmentalists and children will all be awed by the big cats, elephants, wolves and other animals in the paintings of Guy Coheleach. Recognized as one of the best wild animal painters in the world, Coheleach’s work has toured to nearly two dozen major museums in cities from New York to Los Angeles. He has won the Society of Animal Artists Award of Excellence an unprecedented eight times.