With the temporary exhibit “New Acquisitions” drawing to a close, Booth Western Art Museum patrons have until July 31 to view recent additions to the venue’s permanent collection. Obtained over the past two years, the artwork is on display in the Bergman Theatre Gallery.
“We are always acquiring new pieces at the museum,” said Seth Hopkins, Booth’s executive director. “They quite often either get rotated into the permanent collection galleries or they go into storage depending on how good they are, whether we have a spot for them, those kinds of things. A lot of people don’t realize, perhaps, that it’s new if it just shows up in one of the galleries. So we wanted to take a little, small, impromptu space and do an exhibition where we can really focus on about a dozen new pieces to the collection and really highlight those additions.”
The exhibition features 12 paintings from as many artists, eight of whom are new to being represented in the Booth’s permanent collection.
“I’ve enjoyed meeting some of the artists with work in the ‘New Acquisitions’ exhibit,” said Lisa Wheeler, director of curatorial services for the Booth museum. “They are so excited and honored to be included. Even the artists I’ve met via email or phone are so genuinely grateful to have their work included in this exhibit, and they all ask for photographs of the installation.”
Representing more than 260 artists, the Booth’s permanent collection consists of over 770 drawings, sculptures, paintings, artifacts, photographs, letters and movie posters.
“I think the best indication of the prestige [of being represented in the permanent collection] is probably half of these pieces in this exhibition were donated by the artist,” Hopkins said. “They do not receive much of a tax deduction for donating those pieces. Those are different for artists than they are for collectors regarding tax deductibility. So they feel it’s important enough to donate that piece to the museum to be able to say they have a piece in the Booth collection. So we think that’s quite an endorsement.
“It varies from year to year, but I would say in recent years we’ve probably averaged 10 to 20 [additions to the permanent collection]. We’re always excited to add new work, and let people know that it is always changing. [Our permanent collection] is not a stagnant thing. We’re continuing to look for new artists, new talent, variety of subjects, variety of media and really grow the collection both in quality and in scope.”
Located at 501 Museum Drive in Cartersville, the Booth is known worldwide for its extensive collection of contemporary Western art, holding the distinction of housing the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the nation. The 120,000-square-foot museum, which became an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2006, offers a variety of exhibit spaces, some of which include the Civil War gallery, Sculpture Court, a presidential gallery and the interactive children’s gallery – Sagebrush Ranch.
For more information about the Booth and the “New Acquisitions” exhibit, call 770-387-1300 or visit http://boothmuseum.org.