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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
West Seattle Beacon   Erickson, Jean Elshin   Oil on canvas  n.d. 
What's Up   Machetanz, Fred   Lithograph  1964 
Which Way Today   Van Zyle, Jon   Lithograph  1984 
Whidbey Tree   Gustin, Paul Morgan   Etching  1917 
White Shasta Daisies   Immel, Paul   Watercolor on paper  1940-45 
Wild Daisies   Dorsey, Jack   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1979 
Wild Rose Lard   Hulburt, Lucille   Watercolor on paper  1990 
Wilderness Home   Machetanz, Fred   Lithograph  1952 
Willow Bull   Wallen, R. T.   Lithograph  1977 
Wind Jangle   Berk, Leo Saul   Aluminum, fishing line, weights  2015 
Windfall Fisherman   Wallen, R. T.   Lithograph  1974 
Window Installation   Simpson, Buster   Archival inkjet print in artist-made frame  1974/2013 
Winds of March   Reese, William F.   Oil on canvas  1981 
Winds of the North   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on glass  1910 
Winter Afternoon   Sandberg, Ray   Oil on canvas  1988 
Winter in South Bend   Benson, R.A.   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1983 
Winter Preparation   Machetanz, Fred   Lithograph  1960 
Winter, Ft. Yukon   Lambert, Theodore Roosevelt   Oil on illustration board  1936 
Winter, Matanuska Valley, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1984 
York   Gustin, Paul Morgan   Etching  1925 
York Butcherman   Gustin, Paul Morgan   Etching  1925 
Young Girl   Gish, Del   Charcoal on illustration board  1950s-1960s 
Zephyr   Ireland, Joseph   Watercolor on paper  1974 


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