Peter H. Hassrick, a writer and independent American art scholar, is giving a free talk on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. in the community room at the Billings Public Library.

Hassrick is a prolific writer and independent American art scholar who focuses on the West.

He is director emeritus and senior scholar at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody. He is 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 20 years at the Buffalo Bill Center.

Hassrick has written extensively on artists of West, beginning with his Frederic Remington (Abrams, 1973) and continuing to his current publication, which is "Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonne II," published by the University of Oklahoma Press, in 2016. It is a finalist in the High Plains Book Awards.

Hassrick has also authored books on Charles Russell and over a dozen publications featuring the artists who documented Yellowstone Park, wildlife and western heroes. Sculptor, Alexander Phimister Proctor, Ernest Bllumenschein, John Mix Stanley, as well painters of the Southwest have been profiled in Hassrick’s works.