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Booth Western Art Museum

Booth Western Art Museum, located in Cartersville, Georgia, is a museum dedicated to the Western United States; the only museum of its kind in the Southeastern United States. The Booth opened its doors in August 2003 with 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) of contemporary art, illustration, movie posters, Civil War art, Indigenous Art and depiction, Presidential portraits and letters, authentic stagecoaches, and an interactive hands-on gallery for children based on a working ranch. A 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) expansion, complete in October 2009, doubled the Museum’s exhibition space allowing for even more Western artwork to be displayed. Now at 120,000 square feet (11,000 m2), Booth Museum is the second largest art museum in Georgia, and houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country, with examples of early Western artists such as George Caitlin, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and others. However, the core of the collection is built around living masters of traditional Western imagery such as Howard Terpning, Ken Riley, and G. Harvey, as well as more contemporary artists like Ed Mell, Thom Ross, Donna Howell-Sickles, Kim Wiggins and others.

Awards and affiliations

  • Became a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate in August 2006.
  • Invited to and accepted the invitation to join the Museums West Consortium in January 2008.
  • Nominated for a National Medal for Museum and Library Service by Congressman Phil Gingrey (January 2008).
  • Received an Honorable Mention at the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries 2011 Annual Conference for the exhibit, Ansel Adams: A Legacy.
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