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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
White Shasta Daisies   Immel, Paul   Watercolor on paper  1940-45 
Christmas Window: House in Avon, Ohio   Jones, Thomas William   Watercolor on paper  1986 
Marigolds   Houlahan, Kathleen   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1924 
Sagebrush Dropout (Eastern Oregon)   Jensen, Arne Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
Road to Knowledge   Jensen, Arne Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
Ucluelet Village   Jensen, Arne Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1966 
Beached   Jensen, Arne Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1970 
Ocean Harvest, Hoh River's Mouth, Pacific Ocean   Jensen, Arne Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
Elbe, WA   Phillips, William Arthur   Watercolor on paper  1982 
Dry Falls   Marshall, Fred B.   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
Late Afternoon   Marshall, May Warner   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1953 
Market at Guadalupe   Marshall, Fred B.   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
Six Man Combo   Marshall, Fred B.   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1953 
Ballard Bricks   Jensen, Arne Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
Captain's House, Mendocino California   Jensen, Arne Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
The Race   Marshall, May Warner   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
Mexican Bread Boy   Marshall, May Warner   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
Girls of Veracruz   Reese, William F.   Watercolor on paper  1979 
Old Maple Tree   Terry, Roy   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1964 
Love Cyclamen   Schutzky, Marilyn   Watercolor on paper  1990 
The Hammock   Sobota, James H.   Watercolor on paper  1969 
Halibut Cove   Rand, Ted   Watercolor on paper  1990 
Unvanquished   Rising, Dorothy   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1956 
Birch Lake   Lambert, Theodore Roosevelt   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1940 
Valdez, Alaska   Laurence, Sydney   Watercolor on paper  1914 


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