The Frye’s Publications program reflects the museum’s dedication to supporting local and global artists and to fostering contemporary scholarship on historical subject matter.  


The Frye’s print catalogues offer a lasting record of the museum’s exhibition program and often provide emerging artists with their first publication. Whether uncovering a significant trend in contemporary art or presenting a new perspective on the museum’s collection, Frye books showcase the scholarship of the museum’s curatorial staff, as well as guest curators, artists, academics, and experts from an array of disciplines. Books are available online and by calling the Museum Store at 206 432 8201 or emailing

Exhibition Brochures

Exhibition brochures include artist interviews, scholarly responses, and poignant essays that consider the works on view at the museum in relation to resonant subjects of our time. These free publications are available in print during the run of our exhibitions and on exhibition webpages as digital downloads. 


The Frye’s blog offers a range of perspectives and contexts for exhibitions and the museum’s collection, including the writings and reflections of museum staff members, artists, and guest contributors. 

Selected Publications

Duane Linklater: mymothersside

Edited by Amanda Donnan

This catalogue is published by the Frye Art Museum in conjunction with its exhibition Duane Linklater: mymothersside, the artist’s first major survey exhibition. An essay by Frye Chief Curator Amanda Donnan offers a timely assessment of the artist’s work over the last decade and conversations between the artist and elder family members function as an alternative form of scholarship, producing what the artist calls “generative approximations” in parallel with his work. Interspersed with photographs taken by his daughter, the catalogue presents an expansive constellation of references and intergenerational relationships that enriches understanding of Linklater’s practice and of contemporary art at large. The book is fully illustrated with examples of the artist’s body of work, including site-responsive architectural interventions, large-scale structures made with tepee poles, digital prints on linen, videos, and installations.

128 pages, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in.
Color illustrations throughout
Softcover, 2021

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Young Blood

Edited by Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes & Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker

This catalogue is published by the Frye Art Museum on the occasion of the exhibition Young Blood: Noah Davis, Kahlil Joseph, The Underground Museum. Celebrating the life and legacy of painter, curator, and visionary artist Noah Davis (1983–2015), Young Blood places Davis’ work in the context of an ongoing visual dialogue with his elder brother, artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph. The catalogue features essays by Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, curator of the exhibition; Helen Molesworth, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Henry Taylor, Davis’ friend and fellow artist; and Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, director emerita of the Frye Art Museum. The catalogue contains rich reproductions of the paintings, installations, sculptural, and filmic works in the exhibition. Young Blood is a celebration of black culture, spirituality, and creative legacy.

132 pages, 11 x 14 in. in. 
Color illustrations throughout 
Softcover, 2016

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Human Nature, Animal Culture

Text by Kathleen Chapman

Distributed by the Frye Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Human Nature, Animal Culture: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection. Includes an essay by exhibition curator Kathleen Chapman, Associate Professor of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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9 pages,
Digital, 2021

Agnieszka Polska: Love Bite

Text by Amanda Donnan

Distributed by the Frye Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Agnieszka Polska: Love Bite. Includes an introduction and essay by Amanda Donnan.

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Digital, 2020