About Us

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

Reflecting Seattle's evolving identity through exhibitions, programs, and outreach, the Frye Art Museum showcases local and global artists who are exploring 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.

The Charles and Emma Frye Free Public Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation, organized as a charitable non-profit corporation in Washington State.

Board of Trustees

Mike Doherty (president), Rhoda Altom, Gail Goralski, Jan Hendrickson, Jennifer Potter, and Stuart Williams.

Contact Us

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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.

Annual Reports

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2011 I 2012 I 2013 I 2014 I 2015 I 2016 | 2017 | 2018