Seth Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, a position he has held since 2000. Under his guidance the Booth Museum grew from an initial vision of a 30,000 square regional art center, to a world class, 120,000 square foot Smithsonian Affiliated museum. The Booth is now the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. The Booth was also recently named the #1 Art Museum in America by the USA Today 10 Best Readers Choice awards program.
Hopkins holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Syracuse University. He has completed courses in art history at Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University and the University of Wyoming, as well as museum studies courses at West Georgia State University. He received a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. While at OU he completed his Master’s Thesis: Andy Warhol Played Cowboys and Indians, under the direction of faculty advisor Byron Price. Within the thesis was a plan to mount a major Wathol exhibition. This became reality in 2019 when the Booth opened Warhol and the West, accompanied by a 144 page catalog which includes a condensed version of the thesis. The exhibit will travel to Oklahoma and Washington State in 2020.
Among the nearly 100 exhibitions Hopkins has curated or co-curated are Ansel Adams: Before and After, Blazing the Trail: 50 Years of the Cowboy Artists of America, Selling the Sizzle: The Art of Movie Posters and American Spirit Remembered: The Art of Mort Kuntsler.
He has had articles published in American Art Review, Western Art Collector, and Persimmon Hill. He has written the introduction to many art books including a monograph on John Nieto and a two volume set on Western Art of the 21st Century: Cowboys and Indians. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Flourish Award, given annually to a leader who has helped the arts flourish in Georgia. Southwest Art Magazine included Hopkins on its’ list of 10 prominent people who are “making noteworthy contributions to the art world.”
Hopkins is a native of Dexter, Maine and currently resides in Cartersville, Georgia with his wife Joyce. Together they have four children, Hadley , Alex, Ansley and Stephen, for whom they named the HAAS Fund to raise monies to cover the cost of school buses to come to the Booth Museum. To date over 32,000 students who might not otherwise have been able to visit have come the Museum.