Peter H. Hassrick, writer and independent American art scholar, focused on the West. In 2011 he became Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody. He was also Director Emeritus of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum, Founding Director Emeritus of the Charles M. Russell Center at the University of Oklahoma, and founding Director of The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe following twenty years at the Buffalo Bill Center. He held the post of Curator of Collections at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth for five years.
Hassrick was born in Philadelphia and raised in Denver. He earned a B.A. in History, University of Colorado and an M.A. in Art History, University of Denver, and received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the University of Wyoming in 2017. 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 (BBHC, 1996) with Melissa Webster; Wildlife and Western Heroes: Alexander Phimister Proctor, Sculptor (Amon Carter Museum, 2003); In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008) with Elizabeth Cunningham; The American West in Bronze (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013) with others; 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.
Marie Watkins, Professor Emerita of Art History at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, is a specialist in American Art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her professional activities have crossed over an array of disciplines and include thirty years of teaching in the United States, Berlin, and London, and curating exhibitions in the humanities and the sciences, managing a renal pathology laboratory and serving as a college administrator. Her writings appear in both art and science journals. She, too, has lectured widely on members of the Taos Society of Artists, particularly on Joseph Henry Sharp, along with ongoing research and publications of this artist.
Sarah E. Boehme is the Curator of the Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas. She previously served as the John S. Bugas Curator, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Historical Center (now Whitney Western Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West), Cody, Wyoming. She was also Instructor of Fine Arts and Curator of Collections at St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York.
Boehme co-edited, with Marian Wardle, Branding the American West: Paintings and Films, 1900-1950 (University of Oklahoma, 2016). She contributed essays to Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné II (2016); Shaping the West: American Sculptors of the 19th Century (2011); In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein (2008); Forging an American Identity: The Art of William Ranney (2006); John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition: Mammals of North America (2000); Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America (1998) and Seth Eastman: A Portfolio of North American Indians (1995). She was co-author (with Paul Fees) of Frontier America: Art and Treasures of the Old West from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (1988) and has written numerous other exhibition catalogues and articles. Boehme has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history of art from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Kelin Michael completed a research assistantship under Peter Hassrick at the Whitney Western Art Museum in the summer of 2018 where she conducted the research that lead to her chapter on Joseph Henry Sharp’s artistic influences. She has also held internships at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and SITE Santa Fe: A Contemporary Art Space. Kelin has also co-curated the exhibition The Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print (December 2018) at Pitts Theology Library at Emory University and is contributing to the corresponding exhibition catalogue. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College in Art History and French and her M.A. from Emory University where she is currently a PhD candidate in medieval Art History.
Karen B. McWhorter is Scarlett Curator of Western American Art at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. She oversees the Whitney Western Art Museum and develops installations, interpretation, and programming. Since 2015, McWhorter has directed seven traveling exhibitions including Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West (2018). She has coordinated four all-day symposia, has contributed to six university press catalogues, and lectures widely. She has served as a consultant, art show juror, and grant reviewer. McWhorter’s areas of expertise include nineteenth-century artist-explorers, American landscape painters, the Taos Society of Artists, and contemporary western American artists. McWhorter holds an MA in Art History from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, includes five museums and a research library under one roof—the Buffalo Bill Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Cody Firearm Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, and the McCracken Research Library.
Joe Ricketts founded The Ricketts Art Foundation to enrich people’s lives by providing innovative access to the works of important visual, performing, and literary artists, both current and past. The Foundation’s first project, a co-production with The Buffalo Bill Center of The West and the Museum of the Mountain Man, was to create an online catalogue for the Western works of art by Alfred Jacob Miller.
Partnering with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, The Rickett Art Foundation has once again been instrumental in creating an Online Catalogue bringing the work of Joseph Henry Sharp to the public.
The Lunder Research Center for the Taos Society of Artists (TSA), currently in development at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site in Taos, New Mexico, will be the repository for documents and art created, and artifacts collected, by the 12 TSA members. Additionally, the facility will contain a research library and scholarly materials relating to individual artists. The center will welcome scholars, students, and artists who wish to conduct research on the TSA as well as the local environment and peoples that informed and influenced their work. Its gallery will host exhibitions of interest to lovers of art and culture. A capital campaign by The Couse Foundation to complete funding for this groundbreaking new institution is underway, with plans to open in mid-2021.
The Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, known as Gilcrease Museum, houses a comprehensive collection of the art, culture, and history of the Americas. Thomas Gilcrease, a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, established Gilcrease Museum in 1949 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today the interdisciplinary collection contains more than 350,000 items. The museum represents hundreds of Indigenous cultures from across North and South America, with material culture and archaeology ranging from 12,000 BCE to the 21st century. The collection includes more than 350 years of American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, including the largest public holdings of art of the American West. The Gilcrease archives contain manuscripts, photographs, maps, rare books, print portfolios and broadsides related to the history of the North American continent from the 15th – 20th centuries. The museum is owned by the City of Tulsa, which has partnered with the University of Tulsa to steward the museum.
The Ricketts Art Foundation, Joe Ricketts, founder
The Jerry Blank Family Foundation of Miami, Florida
The Gerald Peters Family Foundation of Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Lunder Research Center at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site of Taos, New Mexico
The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, William D. Weiss, of Jackson, Wyoming
Ben and Pat Chapman of Cody, Wyoming
Anne Young of Cody, Wyoming
Ray Harvey of Paradise Valley, Arizona
Lisa Wirthlin of Salt Lake City, Utah
Naoma Tate of Cody, Wyoming
Duffy and Tina Oyster Foundation of Dallas, Texas