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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
To a Flame   White, Anthony   PLA (plastic) on panel  2019 
Untitled   Yamahira, Ko Kirk   Acrylic and graphite on partially unwoven canvas with wood  2019 
Untitled   Itter, Julian E.   Oil on canvas  ca. 1898 
The Fir Tree   Gustin, Paul Morgan   Etching  ca. 1911 
Marigolds   Houlahan, Kathleen   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1924 
Shirley Poppies   McBride, Ella   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1924 
Two Fishermen Hauling in Nets   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1930 
Two Freighters & a Barge   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1930 
Mother and Child   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Etching  ca. 1930 
The Graduate   Jensen, Dorothy Dolph   Oil on canvas board  ca. 1932 
Alaskan Family   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  ca. 1935 
Looking West on First Hill   Derbyshire, Leon   Oil on linen  ca. 1938, finished 1974 
Birch Lake   Lambert, Theodore Roosevelt   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1940 
Sailing Ship   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1940 
Eskimo Woman, Lower Kuskokwim   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  ca. 1943 
Waiting for the Fish Run   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on illustration board  ca. 1949 
Head of Christ   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1949 
Arizona Indians   Grace, Gerald   Oil on Masonite  ca. 1950 
Sheldrake Pond   Fitzgerald, Edmond J.   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1950 
Chow   Grace, Gerald   Oil on linen  ca. 1950 
Arctic Scene   Heurlin, Magnus Colcord   Oil on linen  ca. 1950 
Steamboat Rock, Grand Coulee, Washington   Peck, James   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1950 
Untitled [Butchering whale, Barrow, Alaska]   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1952 
Untitled [Church and whale bones, Barrow, Alaska]   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1952 
Untitled [Inupiaq boy at window, Barrow, Alaska]   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1952 


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