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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 five 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.

Portrait of a woman

Fritz Hickmann
Oil on canvas mounted to board

Single Cabinet

Liz Magor
Polymerized gypsum, cans of beer

Fu Dogs

Jeffry Mitchell
Earthenware with luster glaze


Dan Webb
Carved fir


Tracy and the Plastics
Performance and video, sound, color

Breathless #6

Jennie C. Jones
Audio tape from the 1992 Kenny-G recording “Breathless”, under plexiglass 

Disaster Kitchen

Molly Zuckerman-Hartung
Oil, collage, plastic garbage bag, camouflage pants