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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
Six Man Combo   Marshall, Fred B.   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1953 
Driftwood, La Push   Marshall, May Warner   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1953 
Study for My Studio   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas mounted to cardboard  ca. 1953 
Mark Tobey's Eskimo Mask   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Linocut  ca. 1954 
Unvanquished   Rising, Dorothy   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1956 
Untitled [Portrait of woman at newspaper stand, New York, NY]   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1956 
Untitled [Portrait of man with sculpture, New York City]   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1956 
A Star is Born   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  ca. 1958 
Rehearsal   Eaton, Sydney K.   Oil on linen  ca. 1960 
Untitled [Fashion model leg with dancer]   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1960 
Blue Still Life   Charouhas, Betty   Mixed media on paper  ca. 1963 
Gloaming   Brask, Gudrun   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1963 
Old Maple Tree   Terry, Roy   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1964 
Landscape   Chase, Doris Totten   Oil on Masonite  ca. 1964 
Potting Shed, Swanson's   Checkley, David   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1965 
Weed Bouquet   Dudgeon, Earl   Oil on linen mounted on Masonite  ca. 1965 
Confidence   Eaton, Sydney K.   Oil on linen  ca. 1965 
Ucluelet Village   Jensen, Arne Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1966 
Mother and Two Children   Salzer, Lisel   Oil on Masonite  ca. 1966 
Mission at Cuernavaca   Bonath, Harry   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1966 
The Pink Belt   Preus, Priscilla   Mixed media on paper  ca. 1970 
Beached   Jensen, Arne Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1970 
Rye Grass   Burns, Mike   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1970 
Bird Sanctuary   Airey, Lorraine   Oil on linen  ca. 1970 
Carnation Farm   Countryman, Larry   Watercolor, ink, and oil wash on paper  ca. 1972 


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