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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
Indian Chief and Landscapes   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on glass  1909 
Indian with Totem   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  1925 
Kobuk Eskimo Mother and Child   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 
Landscape with Trees   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  1932 
Landscape-Trees   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Laura   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas on illustration board  n.d. 
Libby McNeil - Libby Canning Ships   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on paperboard  n.d. 
Madonna and Child   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Etching and drypoint  n.d. 
Madonna of the North   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Etching and drypoint  n.d. 
Mother and Child   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Etching  ca. 1930 
Mt. Index   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  1944 
Mt. McKinley, painted at Talkeetna   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  1940 
Mt. Rainier   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Mt. Rainier and Cabin   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Mt. Rainier and Cabins   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on panel  n.d. 
My Studio, Mt. McKinley   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  1953 
Native Woman and Dog   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Our Ship's Come In   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on glass  1910 
Pack Train   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
Packhorses at Mt. Rainier   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  n.d. 
Packhorses at Mt. Rainier   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Pinnacle Peak, Tatoosh Range   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
Portrait   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on Masonite  n.d. 
Rainier, the Epic of the Mountain   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas on illustration board  n.d. 
Sailing Ship   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1940 


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