Peter H. Hassrick is Director of the Petrie Instutite of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum, and the author or coauthor of numerous books, including (with Linda Bantel) Forging an American Identity: The Art of William Ranney.
Thomas Brent Smith is director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum. He previously served as curator of art of the American West at the Tucson Museum of Art, where he curated the exhibition A Place of Refuge: Maynard Dixon’s Arizona and authored the eponymous publication. Smith was a Robert S. and Grace B. Kerr Foundation graduate fellow at the University of Oklahoma’s Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West.
Brian W. Dippie is�retired as Professor of History at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and is the author of numerous articles and books on the history and art of the American West, including The Vanishing American: White Attitudes and U.S. Indian Policy and Catlin and His Contemporaries: The Politics of Patronage.
Joan Carpenter Troccoli retired as Senior Scholar of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art of the Denver Art Museum in June 2012. She is the Founding Director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum, a position in which she served from 2001-05. From 1996-2001, she was Deputy Director of the Denver Art Museum. Before coming to Denver in 1995, she was a Curator of Art and subsequently Director of Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She holds a B. A. from Middlebury College and master's and doctoral degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.