Frye Art Museum Announces 2019 Native American Lecture Series

SEATTLE, WA, July 25, 2019

In Focus: Contemporary First Nations and Native American Women Artists and Curators

The Frye Art Museum is pleased to announce the fifth season of its Native American Art History Lecture Series, occurring monthly August through December. The 2019 series invites Native American and First Nations women artists and curators living and working in the United States and Canada to highlight their individual practices and share their experience as knowledge producers in the contemporary art world. The speakers will share their art- and exhibition-making processes and collaborations, as well as thoughts about their roles and responsibilities as cultural stewards. Speakers include Marianne Nicolson, Marie Watt, Asia Tail, Merritt Johnson, and Wanda Nanibush.

“The Native American Art History Lecture Series has become one of the Museum’s public programming highlights because of its capacity to push forward generative discourse on contemporary art and art history where Native American artists are concerned,” said Negarra A. Kudumu, Frye Art Museum Manager of Public Programs. “Since its inception in 2015, the goal has been to transcend anthropological understandings which treat Native American people and their diverse cultures as relics of the past. This year we are thrilled to host a selection of the best, brightest, and most innovative female Native American and First Nations artists and curators operating in North America.”

Continuing-education credits and clock hours are available to educators through the Frye’s partnership with Seattle Pacific University (SPU). A series pass may be purchased online or by calling 206-432-8200. Tickets to individual lectures will be sold on a space-available basis. Standby is first-come, first-served, one hour prior to the lecture. Series pass for Members $55; Non-members: $115. Individual tickets for Members: $16; Non-members: $24.

Thursday, August 15 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In Focus: Marianne Nicolson
Thursday, September 19
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In Focus: Marie Watt
Thursday, October 17
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In Focus: Asia Tail
Thursday, November 21
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In Focus: Merritt Johnson
Thursday, December 19
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In Focus: Wanda Nanibush

Generous support for the program In Focus: Contemporary First Nations and Native American Women Artists and Curators is provided by the Snoqualmie Tribe.


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.

The Frye Art Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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