Seth Hopkins is the head man at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia; has been since 2000. He was the Museum’s first employee, appointed by the anonymous founder despite protests he didn’t know beans about art and even less about museums. The Boss Man said get out there and learn. So, Seth traveled the West asking dumb questions, listening, learning, and making friends. He also took art history, Western history, and museum studies courses at five universities before finding the right one. Seth got his Master’s degree on the internet; via distance learning, under the direction of legendary Western art historian Byron Price at Oklahoma University. His OU thesis on the Western art of Andy Warhol became a national traveling exhibition in 2019, accompanied by a companion 144-page hardcover catalog. Under his leadership the Booth has grown from the founder’s original vision of a 30,000 square foot regional art center to a 120,000 square foot world class art museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian and the Museums West Consortium. In 2020 USA Today’s 10Best readers’ poll named it the #1 art museum in the country.

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