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.

Image Captions

  1. Building entrance, Frye Art Museum. Photo: Skip Howard.
  2. Srijon Chowdhury. Eye (Morning Glory), 2022. Oil on linen. 72 x 126 in. Courtesy of the artist; Ciaccia Levi, Paris-Milan; and Foxy Production, New York. Photo: Mario Gallucci
  3. Carol Mothner. The Wait, 1998. Egg tempera on panel. 15 ¾ x 15 ¾ in. Frye Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1999.005. Photo: Jueqian Fang  Photo: Jueqian Fang
  4. Eden Seifu. With Great Fanfare the Hero Returns from Battle, 2021. Acrylic on canvas. 40 x 30 in. Courtesy of the artist and Deli Gallery, New York
  5. Marsden Hartley. Chirimoyas, 1932. Oil on Masonite. 16 x 24 3/4 x 1/4 in. Museum Purchase, 1956.011. Photo: Mark Woods
  6. Molly Jae Vaughan. Bathsheba, or “Les douceurs de l’été,” from the series After Boucher, 2017. Lithocrayon, watercolor, and gouache on paper. 22 x 15 in. Courtesy of the artist
  7. Sadie Wechsler. Between the Tideflats and the Lake, 2021. Digital photograph on vinyl. 16 x 20 ft. Courtesy of the artist. Installation view from Boren Banner Series: Sadie Wechsler, Frye Art Museum. Photo: Jueqian Fang