Frye Art Museum

A free museum built around a founding collection of late-19th and early-20th-century painting, with a rotating exhibitions program focused on regional and international contemporary creative practice.

Located on Seattle’s First Hill, the Frye Art Museum first opened its doors in 1952 as the legacy of Charles and Emma Frye, prominent early-twentieth-century Seattle business leaders and art collectors.

The collection includes nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century German and American paintings, as well as more contemporary works that bridge visual art, media, and installation.

In addition to the founding collection of Charles and Emma Frye always on view, the Museum hosts a wide variety of rotating exhibitions featuring local, national, and international artists. Admission to the Museum is always free.

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  1. Building entrance, Frye Art Museum. Photo: Skip Howard.
  2. Jessica Jackson Hutchins. From left: Lascaux Reprise, 2012/2018. Glazed ceramic, upholstered chair, leather, fabric. 45 x 40 x 59 in. Courtesy of the artist and Adams and Ollman, Portland. Third Eye, 2015. Acrylic paint, collage, fabric, ceramic, chair. 56 x 47 1/2 x 6 in. Courtesy of the artist. Installation view of Jessica Jackson Hutchins: Wrecked and Righteous, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, January 27–May 5, 2024. Photo: Jueqian Fang
  3. Sky Hopinka. Mnemonics of Shape and Reason (still), 2021. Digital video (color, sound); 4:12 min. Courtesy of the artist
  4. Installation view of Frye Salon, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, May 21 – August 30, 2015. Photos: Mark Woods
  5. Martin Wong. A-One, 1984. Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 60 in. Courtesy of the Martin Wong Foundation and P·P·O·W, New York
  6. Right: Antonia Kuo. Osiris, 2023. Cast bronze, ceramic. 16 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. Courtesy of the artist and Chapter NY, New York
  7. Mary Ann Peters. this trembling turf (the hollow), 2021. White ink on black clayboard. 60 x 48 in. Collection of the Seattle Convention Center. Image courtesy of James Harris Gallery. Photo: Rafael Soldi
  8. Samantha Wall. Becoming (No. 1), 2023. Conté crayon and ink on Dura-Lar. 40 × 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Russo Lee Gallery. Photo: Stephen Slappe
  9. Stephanie Syjuco. Dodge and Burn (Visible Storage), 2019. Wooden platform, digital photos and printed vinyl on laser-cut wood, chroma-key fabric, printed backdrops, seamless paper, artificial plants, mixed media. 204 x 240 x 96 in. Courtesy of the artist; Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco; RYAN LEE Gallery, New York; and Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philippines. Installation view, Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 6–December 29, 2019. Photo: Stephanie Syjuco