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

Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present
Through 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
Through October 29 – 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
Through 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
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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

The West Observed: The Art of Howard Post
October 26, 2017 – 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. Howard Post will be the featured artist for the 2017 Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium with the opening reception on October 26 and a painting demonstration on October 28.

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. 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.

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.