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Frye Art Museum acquires works by four artists from the 2019 Seattle Art Fair
Ko Kirk Yamahira. Untitled, 2019. Acrylic, graphite, partially unwoven canvas, wood. Russo Lee Gallery, Portland. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Art Fair.


SEATTLE, WA.- The Seattle Art Fair announced 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.

“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.





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