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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
Trailmates   Machetanz, Fred   Lithograph  1948 
Tree Bark, Carmel, California   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1984 
Tree Guard   Simpson, Buster   Powder-coated cast iron  1978/2013 
Tsee Xwaa   Wallen, R. T.   Lithograph  1972 
Tsulxan Gowukan, Peace Dancer   Wallen, R. T.   Lithograph  1971 
Tsunami Capable Tide Stations > West Coast   Pan, DK   Digital video (color, sound); 38:58 min.  2015 
Tug Haven   Marshall, Fred B.   Acrylic on cardboard  n.d. 
Tundra Cache   Lambert, Theodore Roosevelt   Oil on Masonite  1942 
Turn Head Owl   Wallen, R. T.   Lithograph  1973 
Twilight (Anchorage, Salmon Bay)   Gustin, Paul Morgan   Etching  1911 
Two Fishermen   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on illustration board  1948 
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 
Two Girls   Cumming, William   Oil on Masonite  1960 
Ucluelet Village   Jensen, Arne Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1966 
Uganda Lunchtime   Milotte, Alfred G.   Oil on Masonite  n.d. 
Universal Love and Compassion   Osaka, Michi   Mixed media on paper  n.d. 
Untitled   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Linocut  1950 
Untitled   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1955-59 
Untitled   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1955-59 
Untitled   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Linocut  1956 
Untitled   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Cut paper  after 1960 
Untitled   Layman, Isaac   Photographic construction, inkjet on paper  2011 
Untitled   Layman, Isaac   Photographic construction, inkjet on paper  2011 
Untitled   Calderon, Mark   Book spine repair tape  2012 


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