Experimenting Like Bearden

Experimenting Like Bearden

Educators are invited to a workshop inspired by the new exhibition Romare Bearden: Abstraction. Associate Curator Georgia Erger will offer a tour of the exhibition, which is the first to fully explore the artist’s significant body of abstract work created between 1952 and 1964. In addition, Seattle-based artist barry johnson will engage participants in a hands-on exercise to experiment with abstraction.

Classroom teachers, teaching artists, parent docent volunteers, childcare providers, and administrators are all welcome.

Questions? education@fryemuseum.org

Masks are required for this program. 


barry johnson is a self-taught interdisciplinary creative. he has received the Edwin T. Pratt Award, smART Ventures award, GAP Award, and was a finalist for the Conductive Garboil Grant, Neddy Award and Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award. johnson’s work has been shown and collected throughout the nation.

He’s also created multiple permanent artworks regionally, including an immersive mural for Facebook’s Bellevue Office during his Open Arts Residency with them and a large-scale permanent fabrication and sculpture for the Midtown development in Seattle, WA.

Romare Bearden: Abstraction is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, State University of New York. The exhibition is curated by Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director, Neuberger Museum of Art.

The national tour of Romare Bearden: Abstraction is sponsored by Morgan Stanley.


The presentation at the Frye Art Museum is organized by Georgia Erger, Associate Curator. Generous support for the installation at the Frye is provided by the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Frye Foundation, and Frye Members. Media sponsorship is provided by The Seattle Times.


Experimenting Like Bearden

Bearden River Mist

Romare Bearden. River Mist, ca. 1962. Oil on unprimed linen, and oil, casein, and colored pencil on canvas, cut, torn, and mounted on painted board. 54 ¼ x 40 7/8 in. Collection Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art in honor of Susan and Jim Dubin, EL 01.2022.01 © Romare Bearden Foundation / VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

10:30 am–1:30 pm

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

Note that museum doors will open at 10:00 am for program participants.


Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration will be confirmed by email. A reminder email will be sent prior to the event, and the program will begin promptly at the stated time. We recommend adding education@fryemuseum.org to your Safe Senders List to ensure that you receive necessary program information. The Frye Art Museum reserves the right to cancel any event or program.

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Questions? education@fryemuseum.org