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

Current Exhibitions

By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art, and The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis
Through November 20 – Special Exhibition Gallery
This innovative traveling exhibition brings together Native American artwork and objects, with the iconic photographs by Edward S. Curtis, creating a relationship between the images and artifacts, enriching the meaning of both by giving context, insight and perspective. Focused on Native women and their art, the exhibition allows us to more deeply understand their roles within Native society, culture and family. Both classic and lesser-known Curtis photographs of women, their artwork and the environment in which they lived, from the internationally acclaimed Christopher G. Cardozo Collection, will be incorporated in the exhibition.

Everett Raymond Kinstler:  Journeys West and Beyond
Through October 2 – Temporary Exhibition Gallery
Ray Kinstler is one of America’s greatest portrait painters.  Seven U.S. Presidents have sat for him, as have 50 cabinet officers and many of the brightest stars in business and entertainment.  Yet he began his art career like many in the Booth collection, doing illustrations for Western pulp magazines and book covers.  This exhibition is a retrospective of his Western subjects covering over 60 years.

Booth Photography Guild Annual Exhibition
Through November 13 – 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.

Frank Harding: Collection of a Cattleman
Through November 27 – 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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

65 Years of Chasing Sunlight: The Art of Merrill Mahaffey
October 20 – 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 30 paintings, this exhibition highlights the best of his work over the last 20 years.

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. The exhibition opening reception will be on Thursday, November 17 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Borderlands Gallery.

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. The opening reception is February 24 in conjunction with Boots ‘N’ Saddles.

The Yoho Adventure: Photographs by Peter Essick
January 10 – March 12 – 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. Essick will be the speaker at Art for Lunch on February 1.

Embrace the Struggle: The Bronze 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 Chasing the Wind: The Art of Chris Navarro on March 9. Navarro will lead a workshop on March 10.

Cartersville and Bartow County Middle & High Schools Art Show
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.

Cartersville and Bartow County Elementary Schools Art Show
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.

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe
April 15 – August 28 – 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.

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. Opening reception May 18.

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. Opening reception August 26.

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. Opening reception September 16.

14th Annual Kids Cowboy Up!
November 14, 2017 – January 7, 2018 – 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. Opening reception November 16.

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.

Past Exhibitions

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