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

Howard Terpning: 70 Years of Art
Through March 26 – 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.

65 Years of Chasing Sunlight: The Art of Merrill Mahaffey
Through February 19 – 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 nearly 30 paintings, this exhibition highlights the best of his work over the last 20 years.

Yoho National Park: A Canadian Gem – Photographs by Peter Essick
Through 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.

Robert E. McGinnis: Hall of Fame Illustrator
Through April 2 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery
Robert McGinnis is known as one of his generation’s greatest illustrators. Over a seven decade career he has created art for publications like Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Time, and The Saturday Evening Post and cover images for over 1,200 books, ranging in subject from detective stories and thrillers to romance novels and Western tales. He also contributed artwork for more than 40 movie posters, most notably Breakfast at Tiffany’s, many of the James Bond 007 films, the Odd Couple, and Barbarella and garnered success as a Western artist. Among the highlights in his award winning career was his 1993 election to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame and the receipt of the 2017 Booth Western Art Museum Lifetime Achievement Award.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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.

Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present
June 29 – 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 Payne, will set the tone for enjoying the art of current masters Russell Case, Denise Mahlke, Ray Roberts and Matt Smith.

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.

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.

Past Exhibitions

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