Frye Art Museum Acquires Works by Four Artists From The 2019 Seattle Art Fair, Expanding Museum’s Permanent Collection with Six Artworks Over Two-Year Partnership

(Seattle, WA — August 05, 2019)

Selected Artists Include Jeffry Mitchell, Mary Ann Peters, Anthony White, and Ko Kirk Yamahira

Left: Anthony White. To a Flame, 2019. PLA on panel. Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle. Right: Ko Kirk Yamahira. Untitled, 2019. Acrylic, graphite, partially unwoven canvas, wood. Russo Lee Gallery, Portland. Photos courtesy of the Seattle Art Fair.
(SEATTLE, WA — August 5, 2019) — The Seattle Art Fair, presented by AIG, is pleased to announce the Frye Art Museum has selected four artworks from the fifth edition of the fair, expanding the museum’s permanent collection with a total of six artworks over the course of the two-year partnership between the art fair and Seattle institution.
This year, the Frye Art Museum acquired artworks from four Pacific Northwest galleries. From Portland, a work on paper by Jeffry Mitchell from PDX CONTEMPORARY ART and a multimedia artwork by Ko Kirk Yamahira from Russo Lee Gallery. From Seattle, a drawing by Mary Ann Peters from James Harris Gallery and a painting by Anthony White from Greg Kucera Gallery. Last year, the Frye Art Museum selected artworks by Toyin Ojih Odutola from Albuquerque’s Tamarind Institute and Ellen Lesperance from Portland-based gallery Adams and Ollman.
The two-year acquisition partnership was established in 2018 with a $25,000 gift from the Seattle Art Fair to the Frye Art Museum to support the launch of the Contemporary Council, an affiliate group dedicated to expanding the museum’s contemporary art holdings and fostering a new generation of art collectors in Seattle. A second gift of $25,000 was provided for the 2019 edition of the fair, culminating in a total of $50,000 for the museum to expand its permanent collection with six artworks total.
Left: Jeffry Mitchell. Snowflake Drawing #5 (Double Lotus Pod), 2018 graphite, ink, carbon transfer and watercolor on paper. PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland. Right: Mary Ann Peters. this trembling turf (the shallows), 2018. White ink on black clayboard.
Photos courtesy of the Seattle Art Fair.
“We are again grateful to the Seattle Art Fair for the opportunity to broaden and diversify the Frye's contemporary collection with works by this extraordinary group of artists. Representing a broad array of mediums and varied formal and conceptual concerns, the works each hold a powerfully unique presence while together emphasizing the importance of the contemporary creative production occurring in the Pacific Northwest. To support not only local artists but also the galleries of our region that sustain their careers is a privilege,” said Joseph Rosa, Director and CEO of the Frye Art Museum.
The Seattle Art Fair, presented by AIG, is a one-of-a-kind destination for the best in modern and contemporary art and a showcase for the vibrant arts community of the Pacific Northwest. Based in Seattle, a city renowned for its natural beauty as its cultural landscape, the fair brings together the region’s strong collector base; local, national, and international galleries; area museums and institutions; and an array of innovative public programming. Founded in 2015 by Paul G. Allen, the Seattle Art Fair is produced by Vulcan Arts + Entertainment, and Art Market Productions.
The Frye Art Museum is a living legacy of visionary patronage and civic responsibility, committed to artistic inquiry and a rich visitor experience. A catalyst for our engagement with contemporary art and artists is the Founding Collection of Charles and Emma Frye, access to which shall always be free. Reflecting Seattle’s evolving identity through exhibitions, programs, and outreach, the Museum showcases local and global artists who explore the issues of our time as well as contemporary scholarship on historical subject matter. By taking calculated risks, we uncover new voices, facilitate conversation, and engage our community in relevant social dialogues. Visit for more information.
Marcella Zimmermann
Vice President, Cultural Counsel
Ali Rigo
Account Executive, Cultural Counsel