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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
The Pig Went Down to the Harbor and Wept #6   Woodring, Jim   Acrylic ink on paper  2016 
Untitled   Yamahira, Ko Kirk   Acrylic and graphite on partially unwoven canvas with wood  2019 
Occasional Poems   Zaher, Maged   Text installation  2015 
Five Capital Punishments in China: Drawing and Quartering   Zhi Lin   Acrylic and silkscreen over charcoal underdrawing on canvas with cotton curtain and ribbons  2007 
'Tis not so Bad A World   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on glass  1909 
A Star is Born   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  ca. 1958 
Alaska Native   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 
Alaska Sentinels   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on burlap  1923 
Alaskan Family   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  ca. 1935 
Alaskan Girl   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 
Assessment Work   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas on illustration board  n.d. 
Cabin at Mt. Index   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on cardboard  n.d. 
Canoe on Lake   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on glass  1909 
Copper River Native   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Crucifixion   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Etching and drypoint  n.d. 
Death's a Good Fellow   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on glass  1909 
Eskimo Woman, Lower Kuskokwim   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  ca. 1943 
Fishermen Hauling Nets   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 
Head of Christ   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1949 
Head of Christ   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Pastel on paper  1918 
Head of Kuboc   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on cardboard  n.d. 
Here's to Luck   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on glass  1910 
Horse Creek Mary   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on cardboard  n.d. 
Horses Crossing Stream   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas board  n.d. 
Hunter with Gun   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 


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