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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
Clinkers   Berk, Leo Saul   Duratrans on sculptural lightbox  2012 
Landscape with Chad   Fenton, Anne   Color photograph  2012 
Alex Duff Combs, Potter - Halibut Cove, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1990 
Bill Pete, Anchorage, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1989 
Brush in Water, Alaskan Highway   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1986 
Cemetery, Skagway, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1986 
Dead Tree, Turnagain Arm, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1984 
Erosion, Carmel, California   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1984 
Ferns   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  n.d. 
Frost on Birch Tree, Anchorage, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1984 
Glacier Spit Driftwood - Halibut Cove Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1985 
Herman Lindgren, Kenai, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1989 
Ice Crystals, Eklutna Lake, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1983 
Icicles, Seward Highway, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1983 
Katerine Kashevarof & Scotty, Anchorage, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1989 
Kelp   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1986 
Kenai Lake Breakup, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1986 
Louise Rhodes, Kenai, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1989 
Mattie Bartos, Kenai, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1989 
Mud - Cooke Inlet, Anchorage, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1986 
Mud, Turnagain Arm, Cook Inlet, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1983 
Oak Tree, Point Lobos - Carmel, California   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1984 
Perascovia V.R. Roehl   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1989 
Percy Blatchford, Anchorage, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1989 
Peter Kalifornsky, Kenai, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1989 


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