Current Exhibitions

Barbara Van Cleve: Women of the West
April 15, – October 15, 2023

Barbara Van Cleve: Women of the West consists of 78  black and white photographs  taken from 1986 – 2014 as Barbara travelled to ranches across the West. This exhibition explores ranch life through the work of women, and serves to show that no task was kept from them, as all hands are needed — from sewing to branding, a women’s work on a ranch is simply what needed to be done. By featuring the work of women ranchers, Van Cleve wishes to share their stories and add to the story of the West, which sometimes centers on the men. Van Cleve has published several books on ranch life, including “All This Way for the Short Ride” (1997) with poet Paul Zarzyski. Barbara was inducted into the Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas in 1996 following her publication of “Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women.”

©Barbara Van Cleve, Mary Bailey Davis, Spring Branding a Fine Two Legged Loop, CS Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico, 1986, pigment print, 13 x 18 3/4”, Booth Western Art Museum permanent collection, Cartersville, Georgia

Booth Photography Guild Annual Exhibition
August 15 – November 12, 2023

This juried exhibition features the work of photographers who are members of the Booth Photography Guild, a group that meets monthly for educational programs about photography. Opening reception August 26, 2023.

© Pat Stephenson, The Prelude

We Set Our Faces Westward: One Woman’s Journey 1839-1848
July 1 – December 31, 2023

Artist Heide Presse studied the journals written by Keturah Penton Belknap between 1839 -1848. Heide has conducted extensive research and is creating an exhibition about Keturah’s families journey Westward. The exhibition begins with Keturah’s marriage and covers her and her husband’s two step journey out West. Roughly half the work depicts their life in Iowa farming, and the other half their journey to Oregon with the Watts wagon train. Member opening July 15, 2023.

© Heide Presse, On Our Way Rejoicing, 2022, oil, 24 x 48”

Eye on the Prize: The Steve & Milah Lynn Collection
September 23, 2023 – January 14, 2024

The Lynn’s became interested in collecting Western art while living in Oklahoma City. They attended the Prix de West exhibition held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum each year. Member opening September 23, 2023

© Martin Grelle, Winter Quest, 2000, oil on canvas, 42 x 52”, Steve and Milah Lynn Collection