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Recent Acquisitions


The Frye Art Museum continues to strategically build its collection through purchases and gifts, both deepening existing areas of strength and diversifying holdings to reflect the Museum’s expansive curatorial program and Seattle’s globalized present.

Acquisitions of the last ten years demonstrate the Museum’s commitment to growing and contextualizing its distinctive historical collections of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and American art while broadening its holdings of contemporary works to embrace previously underrepresented identities, perspectives, and forms of expression. To some extent, acquisitions mirror the Museum’s exhibition history, creating a material record of the institution’s engagement with local, national, and international artists and commemorating the special audience connection formed through temporary presentations. Contemporary artworks chosen for the collection often respond to or complicate the narratives around mediums and genres traditionally associated with the Frye, like painting, landscape, and portraiture.


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Trap

Duane Linklater
Powder-coated trap, mirror, gypsum board, plywood, steel wall studs
2016

Dress for Success

Rose Nestler
Leather, thread, batting, grommets, hooks
2018

Strange Business

Rose Nestler
Two-channel digital video (color, silent): 20 min.
2017-18

Egungun

Cauleen Smith
Archival pigment print
2015

Untitled (Badlands)

Juventino Aranda
Oil stick on Pendleton blanket
2018

Untitled

Ko Kirk Yamahira
Acrylic and graphite on partially unwoven canvas with wood
2019

To a Flame

Anthony White
PLA (plastic) on panel
2019

Snowflake Drawing #5 (Double Lotus Pod)

Jeffry Mitchell
Graphite, ink, carbon transfer, and watercolor on paper
2018