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Paul Rossi is considered a foremost authority on western art and history as well as a superb artist himself.

His interest in aeronautical and space subjects stems from his service in the U.S. Air Force and work with Martin Aircraft Co., 1959-61, where he did advanced space design for proposed space exploratory vehicles and systems.

He is a social historian, specializing in frontier military history, the cattle industry, fur trade era, Plains Indians and natural history of the west. While Director of the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he co-authored the book, THE ART OF THE OLD WEST (Knopf).


Paul Rossi attended Denver University, studying anthropology as well as art.  uring the summers of 1946 to 1950 he worked on Colorado and western Nebraska cattle ranches, and for two summers he followed the wheat harvest from Texas to Canada.

Rossi served the Colorado Historical Society, Museum Division, as Exhibits Preparator, 1952-1954, as Deputy Curator of Museums and as Acting Curator in 1956 when he resigned to open his own commercial art studio and museum service. The Colorado Heritage Center honored him with an invitational one-man exhibit in Denver of his work in 1979.  
He became Assistant Director of the Gilcrease in 1961, Director in 1964 and resigned in 1972 to devote full time to his own art, lecturing and writing.



n.p. / 1960
21 x 16 inches