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Pacific Northwest Artists

The Frye Art Museum’s substantial collection of works by artists of the Pacific Northwest reflects the Museum’s transformation from a personal selection of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century—predominantly European—oil paintings to a museum dedicated to creative practice in its myriad forms. Since opening in 1952 to the present day, the Museum has remained steadfast in exhibiting and collecting artworks by contemporary artists, especially those living and practicing in the city of Seattle and surrounding region. Walser Sly Greathouse, executor of the Frye estate and founding director of the Museum, ensured Charles and Emma Frye's vision for a free, public art museum for the people of Seattle was brought to life. Beginning in 1952, Greathouse was the first of six directors who expanded the Museum’s collection, acquiring new works to enliven and contextualize the paintings bequeathed by the Fryes. Subsequent leaders sustained the Museum’s legacy within the evolving identity of the Pacific Northwest through the ongoing collection and exhibition of works by artists of the region—from Washington and Oregon up to Alaska. The Museum’s extensive holdings of Alaskan art were initially assembled by the Museum’s second director, Ida Kay Greathouse. Between 1969 and 1993, she acquired over 125 paintings and works on paper. Subsequent Frye directors Richard V. West, Midge Bowman, and Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker added 175 more works by artists associated with the northernmost state. Highlights of the Pacific Northwest holdings range from twentieth-century Alaskan landscapes by artists such as Sydney Laurence and Eustace Paul Ziegler, to evocative works by contemporary artists and artist collectives across a broad range of mediums, including Juventino Aranda, the Black Constellation, Alison Bremner, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Ellen Lesperance, Jeffry Mitchell, Buster Simpson, and Ko Kirk Yamahira, among others.

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Title Artist Medium Date
Salmon Brailing   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Pencil on paper  n.d. 
Head of Christ   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Pastel on paper  1918 
Cordially Yours   Laurence, Sydney   Pencil and ink on paper  1920 
Dog Sled with Musher   Ahgupuk, George   Pen and ink on paper  n.d. 
Reindeer Herd   Ahgupuk, George   Pencil and ink on paper  n.d. 
Eskimo Cache   Ahgupuk, George   Ink on deer hide  n.d. 
Dogs in Camp   Ahgupuk, George   Pen and ink on paper  n.d. 
Seal Hunters   Ahgupuk, George   Ink on caribou skin  n.d. 
El Toro (The Bull)   Grace, Gerald   Pastel on paper  n.d. 
Akon, Eskimo Boy   Machetanz, Fred   Charcoal and pastel on paper  1947 
Young Girl   Gish, Del   Charcoal on illustration board  1950s-1960s 
Indian Girl   Gish, Del   Charcoal on paper  1950s-1960s 
Morning Light   Parker, Willard E.   Casein on paper  1956 
Untitled [Eight dolls]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Felt-tip pen on paper  after 1960 
Untitled [Valentine card inscribed to Wes Wehr]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Felt-tip pen on paper  after 1960 
Untitled [Easter Basket]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Felt-tip pen on paper  after 1960 
Untitled [Easter doll]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Felt-tip pen on paper  after 1960 
Untitled [Pink flower postcard with written message]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Felt-tip pen on paper  after 1960 
Untitled [Easter Bunny postcard]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Felt-tip pen on paper  after 1960 
Untitled [Purple flower postcard with written message]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Felt-tip pen on paper  after 1960 
Untitled [Card with Christmas tree on front and poem on reverse]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Felt-tip pen on paper  1961 
Street Cleaner   Gannon, William L.   Gouache on mat board  1967 
Untitled [Uli figure from New Ireland, Melanesia, early 20th century]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Pencil and ink on paper  ca. 1967-68 
Eat Frye's Baby Beef   Steinbrueck, Victor   Pen and ink on paper  1973 
Brooks Range   Henry, Mary   Colored pencil on paper  1975 


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