Washington State Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Washington State Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

Following the links to Resource Library articles and essays are a listing of museums in the state which have provided materials to Resource Library for this or any other topic.

Listed after museums are links to online resources outside the TFAO website. Following these resources is information about offline resources including DVDs, paper-printed books, journals and articles. Our goal is to present complete knowledge relating to this section of Topics in American Art.

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Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order:

The Paintings of Pieter J. L. van Veen; essay by Allan J. Kollar


Articles contained in Resource Library without named authors listed by article name in alphabetical order:

Academy of Realist Art

Alfredo Arreguin: Patterns of Dreams and Nature at Bellevue Art Museum

Alfredo Arreguin: Patterns of Dreams and Nature at Museum of Northwest Art

Another Look at the Paintings of Pieter van Veen

Austere Beauty: The Art of Z. Vanessa Helder

Celebrating the Mysteries: A Retrospective of Paintings by Leo Kenney

Claire, Claire Everywhere!

The Drawings and Etchings of Helen Loggie

Force in Form: Bronze Sculpture by James Lee Hansen

Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb, with catalogue introduction by Nora Atkinson

Gary Faigin: Traditions & Contradictions

Johanna Nitzke Marquis and Richard Marquis: A Commentary on Nature and the Indy 500

Kristin Capp: Hutterite Photographs

Michael Peterson: Evolution|Revolution

Norman Lundin

Northwest Perspective Series - Scott Fife, Sculptor

Old Master Dialogues: Paintings, Watercolors, and Drawings hy Melville Holmes

S'abadeb -- The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists

Shelley Jordon: Revealing Beauty

Thomas William Jones: Three Decades of Watercolor

Tip Toland: Melt, The Figure in Clay

Sherry Markovitz: Shimmer, Paintings and Sculptures 1979 - 2007

Torch Songs: Fifty Years of Northwest Jewelry:Messengers of Modemism: American Studio Jewelry 1940-1960

William Cumming: The Image of Consequence

Work of Gwen Knight and Martin Blank featured at Museum of Northwest Art


(above: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 2022, photo by Christie Coupe)


Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

Academy of Realist Art

Bellevue Art Museum

Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery at Seattle Municipal Tower

Frye Art Museum

Henry Art Gallery

Maryhill Museum of Art

Museum of Northwest Art

Seattle Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum


(above: Maryhill Museum of Art, photo © 2006 John Hazeltine)


Other online information:

Artists from Washington (state) in Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Brackenwood Art Colony from AskArt.com. Accessed August, 2015.

The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History website has a page on visual arts with biographies of historic artists. Accessed August, 2015.

Group of Twelve-Seattle from AskArt.com. Accessed August, 2015.

Lost and Found: Skagit Valley Mural by William Cumming is a 2020 exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art which published text on its website by Ronald Holden, Seattle Historian: "In 1941, a 24-year-old art critic, photographer, and fledgling artist named William Cumming produced a remarkable work for the National Youth Administration: a 28-by-7-foot mural on linen sailcloth, destined for Burlington High School's new "farm shop."  The scenes depicted farm life in the Skagit Valley in the style known as social-realism: felling timber, baling hay, milking cows, loading a milk wagon, picking berries, and building railroads.' Accessed 5/20

Northwest Impressions: The Paintings & Etchings of Paul Morgan Gusti is a 2017 exhibit at the Cascadia Art Museum which says: "One of the region's finest painters, Paul Morgan Gustin (1886-1974) was born at Ft. Vancouver, WA and was raised in Denver, CO where he studied with Jean Manheim (1863-1945). He returned to Seattle in 1906 and was inspired by the majestic beauty of the Northwest landscape and its ever-changing atmospheric weather conditions. He became nationally known for his depictions of Mt. Rainier and other mountains of the Olympic and Cascade ranges." Accessed 9/17

Northwest Watercolor Society was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1939. Accessed August, 2015.

Rachel Feferman Retrospective: A Hole in the Heart is a 2014 exhibit at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art which says: "The exhibition includes more than twenty large-scale drawings featured in her book Golden Hands as well as earlier work; with this show the viewer now has the opportunity to appreciate the nature of her artistic production as a whole." Also see press release https://www.newswire.com/press-release/bima-presents-a-memorial-exhibition-rachel-feferman  Accessed 10/18

Territorial Hues: The Color Print and Washington State 1920-1960 is a 2017 exhibit at the Cascadia Art Museum which says: "The exhibition and catalogue is the first study of color printmaking in Washington State during the period 1920-1960. It consists of prints that display the cultural and stylistic influences used by Washington state artists to produce highly unique works that reflect the color, light and atmosphere that is particular to this region" Accessed 12/17

The Unicorn Incorporated: Curtis R. Barnes is a 2014 exhibit at the Frye Art Museum which says: "For over five decades, Barnes has worked as an artist, illustrator, muralist, and community advocate. In his sculpture, painting, and drawing, he employs imagery derived from his vast experience, mystical erudition, and heritage. Throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, he produced searing social commentary in pen and ink, drawings that are as prescient and powerful today as they were then." Accessed 3/17

Washington (sampling of artists and works connected to state) from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.

Washington State Capitol - Art and monuments in Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Woodland Reverie: The Art of Helen Loggie is a 2019 exhibit at the Cascadia Art Museum which says: "Cascadia Art Museum is pleased to present the work of Helen Loggie (1895-1976), a Bellingham resident who became nationally known for her etchings of the Northwest landscape, particularly the highly detailed studies of trees within the natural environment of Washington State."  Accessed 7/19

Women Painters of Washington from The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. Accessed August, 2015.

You Are On Indigenous Land: Places/Displaces is a 2019 exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum which says: "The artists in this exhibition use traditional and contemporary visual expressions that acknowledge the interconnectedness of humans and the land and the critical need to protect the earth against degradation." Accessed 12/19

The Seattle Art Museum offers dozens of videos including videos on Hispanic-American art, modernism and pop art. Accessed August, 2015.

Seattle Community Colleges Television is an educational and community television service from the three Seattle community Colleges. Art Work is a rare visit to the human side of the art. Individual artists allow SCCTV cameras, and often an artist-host, in to their working studios while they're in the middle of building on an idea. ArtsLink features noted National Public Radio Arts Reporter, Marcie Sillman, who takes to the field and talks with the visionaries and workhorses that make the arts accessible. Issues of politics, education, limited funding, censorship; partnership and innovation are explored each month as we're taken inside the process of nurturing Seattle Arts. Accessed May, 2015.

The Seattle Channel features City A Go Go with five minute monthly programs designed to draw people out of their living rooms, into Pacific Northwest art venues. See Gretchen Batcheller in the December 2004 edition. Nancy Guppy interviews Seattle artist Anne Baumgartner's new show of paintings and collages at Cafe Lulu in the October 2004 edition. A Frye Art Museum photographic exhibit of 19th century American Landscape photographs is in the September 2004 edition.


(above: Museum of Northwest Art. Photo © 2004 John Hazeltine


Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

The Artist Colony on Hood Canal : Pixley, Orre Nobles & Waldo Chase, By Michael Fredson. Published by Mason County Historical Society, 2011.

Art in Seattle's Public Places: An Illustrated Guide, By James M. Rupp. Photographs by Mary Randlett. Contributor Mary Randlett. Published by Univ of Washington Pr, 1992. ISBN 0295971002, 9780295971001. 320 pages

A Field Guide to Seattle's Public Art: With Self-guided Tours, Essays, Maps, Project Profiles, and a Comprehensive Directory, By Diane Shamash, Steven Huss. Published by Seattle Arts Commission : Distributed by Sasquatch Books, 1992. ISBN 0961744332, 9780961744335. 214 pages

Celebrating Washington's Art: An Essay on 100 Years of Art in Washington, By Martha Kingsbury, Washington Centennial Commission, Washington Centennial Commission. Published by Washington Centennial Commission, 1989. 89 pages

Regional Painters of the Puget Sound 1870-1920. Published by Museum of History and Industry. exhibition brochure, 1988

Snowy Mountains: The Cascades as an Artistic Vision., By Washington State Capital Museum. Published by Washington State Capital Museum, 1987. Google Books says: "Catalog of the exhibition held Oct. 20, 1987 through Jan. 3, 1988 at the Washington State Capital Museum, Olympia, Wash."

Fidelity to Nature: Puget Sound Pioneer Artists, 1870-1915, By Susan J Torntore, Wash Museum of History and Industry (Seattle). Published by SAFECO, 1984

Two Centuries of Art in Washington, 1776-1976, By Washington State Capital Museum. Published by State of Washington, Office of the Governor, 1976

Skagit Valley Artists: Exhibition , Seattle Art Museum Pavilion, Seattle Center, March 1-April 14, 1974, By Paul Macapia, Tom Robbins, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum. Published by Seattle Art Museum, 1974. 50 pages

The Artists of Puget Sound, By G. G. Albi, Gloria B. Peck .Published by Printed by Metropolitan Press and Western, 1962. 32 pages

A Seattle Heritage: The Fine Arts Society, By Anne H. Calhoun. Published by Press of Lowman & Hanford co., 1942. Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Digitized Sep 12, 2007. 121 pages

Roll of Artists of the State of Washington, By Mrs Harry Paul Pierce, Seattle Fine Arts Society, Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs. Published by Washington State Federation Women's Clubs, 1926



David F. Martin: "Photographs by the Seattle Art Club" American Art Review January-February 2000 (Volume XII, Number 1)

David F. Martin: "Women Painters of Washington" American Art Review May-June 2005 (Volume XVII, Number 3)


(above: Port Townsend Summer, 2022, Photo by Larry Nielsen)


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TFAO catalogues:

TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.

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