Hassrick, Peter H. (1941–2019)

Peter H. Hassrick, writer and independent American art scholar focused on the West. Mr. Hassrick was Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar (Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody), Director Emeritus (Petrie Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum), Founding Director Emeritus (Charles Russell Center, University of Oklahoma), and founding Director (Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe) following twenty years at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (then Buffalo Bill Historical Center). He was also Curator of Collections, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth for five years.    

Mr. Hassrick was born in Philadelphia and raised in Denver. B.A., History, University of Colorado and M.A., Art History, University of Denver.         

Selected books include Frederic Remington (Abrams, 1973), The Way West (Abrams, 1977); The Rocky Mountains: A Vision for Artists in the 19th Century (University of Oklahoma Press, 1983) with Patricia Trenton; Treasures of the Old West (Abrams, 1984); Charles Russell (Abrams/Smithsonian, 1989);  Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné (Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 1996) with Melissa Webster; Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America’s First National Park (University of Washington Press, 2002); Wildlife and Western Heroes: Alexander Phimister Proctor, Sculptor (Amon Carter Museum, 2003); The Art of William Ranney (Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 2006) with Linda Bantel; In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008) with Elizabeth Cunningham; Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015) with Mindy Besaw; Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné II (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016) with others; Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America’s First National Park (WordsWorth / Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 2016); The Best of Proctor’s West: An In-depth Study of Eleven of Proctor’s Bronzes (Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 2017) with others; Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018) with others, and The Life & Art of Joseph Henry Sharp (Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 2018) with others.