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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
Portrait   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on Masonite  n.d. 
Sketch of Native, Lower Kuskoquim   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas mounted to cardboard  n.d. 
Two Fishermen Hauling in Nets   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1930 
Landscape with Trees   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  1932 
Two Freighters & a Barge   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1930 
Alaskan Family   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  ca. 1935 
Landscape-Trees   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Horse Creek Mary   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on cardboard  n.d. 
Head of Kuboc   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on cardboard  n.d. 
Sailing Ship   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1940 
Libby McNeil - Libby Canning Ships   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on paperboard  n.d. 
Assessment Work   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas on illustration board  n.d. 
Pinnacle Peak, Tatoosh Range   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
Mt. Index   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  1944 
Head of Christ   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1949 
Laura   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas on illustration board  n.d. 
Crucifixion   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Etching and drypoint  n.d. 
Madonna and Child   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Etching and drypoint  n.d. 
Madonna of the North   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Etching and drypoint  n.d. 
Head of Christ   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Pastel on paper  1918 
Study for My Studio   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas mounted to cardboard  ca. 1953 
Vaccination at Bethel, Alaska on the Lower Kuskoquim (1935)   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Pencil, oil and colored washes on Masonite  1935 
Copper River Native   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Mt. Rainier   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Mt. Rainier and Cabin   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 


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