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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
Frank in the 3rd Dimension   Woodring, Jim   3-D digital video (color, silent); 5:15 min.   2015 
Untitled   Yamahira, Ko Kirk   Acrylic and graphite on partially unwoven canvas with wood  2019 
Balloon Lady   King, Beverly   Acrylic and paper collage on fiber board  1972 
Five Capital Punishments in China: Drawing and Quartering   Zhi Lin   Acrylic and silkscreen over charcoal underdrawing on canvas with cotton curtain and ribbons  2007 
The Pig Went Down to the Harbor and Wept #6   Woodring, Jim   Acrylic ink on paper  2016 
Golden's Opportunity   Van Hoesen, Jack   Acrylic on board  1978 
Fishermen's Wharf   Marshall, Fred B.   Acrylic on board  n.d. 
Clam Chowder   Marshall, May Warner   Acrylic on canvas  1975 
Mission Capistrano   Weekes, Shirley M.   Acrylic on canvas  ca. 1972 
Rock vs. Heather   Ferguson, Michael   Acrylic on canvas  ca. 1987-88 
Summer Fest   Hama, Take   Acrylic on canvas  ca.1992 
Spring Daffodils   Weekes, Shirley M.   Acrylic on canvas  ca. 1972 
Seattle Wharf   Marshall, Fred B.   Acrylic on cardboard  n.d. 
Tug Haven   Marshall, Fred B.   Acrylic on cardboard  n.d. 
Blue Wave   Marshall, Fred B.   Acrylic on cardboard  n.d. 
Home in the Woods   Marshall, Fred B.   Acrylic on cardboard  n.d. 
Tow Ahead   Marshall, Fred B.   Acrylic on cardboard  n.d. 
Celestial Carpenter   Fellows, Jack   Acrylic on Masonite  n.d. 
Ocean Harbor   Marshall, Fred B.   Acrylic on Masonite  n.d. 
Defending the High Ground   Van Hoesen, Jack   Acrylic on Masonite  1978 
Into the Flats   Van Zyle, Jon   Acrylic on Masonite  1982 
From a Gull's Eye #5   Myers, Kay   Acrylic on paper  ca. 1973 
Storm Approaching   Welman, Val   Acrylic on paper  1981 
Eidolon   Bruch, Cris   Aluminum composite  2015 
Wind Jangle   Berk, Leo Saul   Aluminum, fishing line, weights  2015 


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