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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
Accibuk the Seal Hunter   Machetanz, Fred   Lithograph  1946 
Alaska Native   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 
Alaskan Girl   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 
Alpenglow Evening   Van Zyle, Jon   Lithograph  n.d. 
Amber Lit   Van Zyle, Jon   Lithograph  1990 
Amur Tiger   Wallen, R. T.   Lithograph  1991 
Arc du Louvre   Gustin, Paul Morgan   Etching  1925 
Arctic Circle   Wallen, R. T.   Screenprint  1978 
Arctic Ground Squirrel   Wallen, R. T.   Lithograph  1973 
Arctic Hunter   Machetanz, Fred   Lithograph  1961 
Arctic Sentinel   Machetanz, Fred   Lithograph  1965 
Athabascan Legacy   Van Zyle, Jon   Lithograph  1985 
Bamboo No.1   Millett, Peter   Letterpress and woodcut  1993 
Bamboo No.10   Paquette, Virginia   Letterpress and lithograph  1994 
Bamboo No.11   Robalino, Mauricio   Letterpress and print  1994 
Bamboo No.12   Chew, C.T.   Letterpress and print  1994 
Bamboo No.13   Guerra, Jose Rodriguez   Letterpress and lithograph  1994 
Bamboo No.14   Kraftt, Robert   Letterpress and print  1994 
Bamboo No.15   Chacona, George   Letterpress and print  1994 
Bamboo No.16   Paschkis, Julie   Letterpress and linocut  1994 
Bamboo No.17   Dennis, Lockwood   Letterpress and woodcut  1994 
Bamboo No.18   Noah, Barbara   Letterpress and print  1994 
Bamboo No.19   Struck, Rebecca   Letterpress and print  1994 
Bamboo No.2   Jet, Jimmy   Letterpress and lithograph  1993 
Bamboo No.20   Jones, Fay   Letterpress and lithograph  1994 

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