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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
Eskimo Woman, Lower Kuskokwim   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  ca. 1943 
Salmon Brailing   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Pencil on paper  n.d. 
Kobuk Eskimo Mother and Child   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 
Hunter with Gun   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 
Fishermen Hauling Nets   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 
Mother and Child   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Etching  ca. 1930 
Alaska Native   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 
Alaskan Girl   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Drypoint  n.d. 
Untitled [Mt. McKinley]   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Target Practice Off Cape Cod, Provincetown   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Untitled [Mt. McKinley]   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  1939 
Packhorses at Mt. Rainier   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  n.d. 
St. Joseph's, Cordova, Alaska   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on Masonite  n.d. 
Tatoosh Range   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Horses Crossing Stream   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas board  n.d. 
Mt. Rainier and Cabins   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on panel  n.d. 
Native Woman and Dog   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Packhorses at Mt. Rainier   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on board  n.d. 
Untitled [Packhorses, Mt. McKinley]   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas board  n.d. 
Untitled [Schooner]   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  n.d. 
Tanana Native, Wood River Camp   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas board  n.d. 
Tatoosh Range   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on paper  n.d. 
The Squaw Man   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas board  n.d. 


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