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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
Mission Capistrano   Weekes, Shirley M.   Acrylic on canvas  ca. 1972 
Tom Neighbors   Fullmer, Ray   Oil on linen mounted on Masonite  ca. 1972 
Spring Daffodils   Weekes, Shirley M.   Acrylic on canvas  ca. 1972 
Passing Storm   Gray, Marie Elise   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1972 
From a Gull's Eye #5   Myers, Kay   Acrylic on paper  ca. 1973 
The Storm   Tillion, Diana   Octopus ink on paper  ca. 1974 
Dona Rosa   Acker, Perry   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1976 
Inside the Tent   Fejes, Claire   Oil on canvas  ca. 1976 
Shoreline Drapes   Jensen, Arne Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1977 
Bouquet in Frye Shortening Pail   Bruce, Marjorie   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1978 
Grecian Caribou #13   St. Amand, Lynn Hale   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1978 
The Owl Called My Name   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1978 
Wild Daisies   Dorsey, Jack   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1979 
The Redhead   Steinke, Bettina   Pastel on paper  ca. 1979 
Mujer de San Miguel (San Miguel Woman)   McFarland, Lois   Oil on cotton  ca. 1979 
Eskimo Beauty Marks   Steinke, Bettina   Pastel on paper  ca. 1979 
Pueblo Girl   Arrants, Shirley   Pastel on velvet  ca. 1982 
Winter in South Bend   Benson, R.A.   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1983 
Portage Glacier   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1983 
Icicles, Seward Highway, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1983 
Ice Crystals, Eklutna Lake, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  ca. 1983 
The Raven   Reese, William F.   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1985 
Fresh Daily   Stark, Michael A.   Pen, ink, and colored pencil on paper  ca. 1988 
Palace Guards   Stark, Michael A.   Pen and ink on paper  ca. 1988 
Fall Chores   Stark, Michael A.   Pen and ink on paper  ca. 1988 


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