Park to Host Lecture on Harrison Crandall

Harrison Crandall Painting, circa mid-1960s
July 22, 2009
Grand Teton National Park will host a special lecture titled,
“Harrison Crandall: Creating a Vision of Grand Teton National Park,” by Dr. Ken Barrick, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28 at the Colter Bay Visitor Center Auditorium. This program is free and open to the public.

Harrison “Hank” Crandall homesteaded in Jackson Hole in 1922. He was a fine-art painter, photographer, early concessionaire and fervent supporter of Grand Teton National Park until his death in 1970. In fact, he was the first resident artist in the valley and ran two Crandall Studios for decades: one at Jenny Lake (now the Jenny Lake Visitor Center) and the other at the former town of Moran near the shore of Jackson Lake. Crandall is best known for his landscape photos and oil paintings of the Teton Range, hand-painted wildflower photographs, and images of ranch life in Jackson Hole—including cowboys and cowgirls.

Dr. Barrick, an associate professor of geography at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, has been doing research in the Rocky Mountains for 25 years, including studies in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. For nearly 10 years, Barrick has done extensive research on Harrison Crandall’s contributions to the art of national parks.