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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.

by Artist
Untitled (Badlands)

Juventino Aranda
Oil on wool Pendleton blanket

Bamboo No.24

Gayle Bard
Letterpress and lithograph


Leo Berk
Duratrans on sculptural lightbox

Specular Reflections

Leo Berk
Glass spheres, black pond dye

Wind Jangle

Leo Berk
Aluminum, fishing line, weights

Bamboo No.8

Jeffrey Bishop
Letterpress and lithograph

Bamboo No.9

Mare Blocker
Letterpress and linocut

Chemically Tanned

Alison Bremner
Latex paint on deer hide with horsehair

Waves Floater

Romero Britto
Acrylic paint and oil pen on canvas