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.
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Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:
As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains no articles or essays specific to the state.
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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:
A Brief History of The Washington Society of Landscape Painters from The Washington Society of Landscape Painters. Accessed August, 2015.
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.
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." Also see press release Accessed 9/17
Northwest Watercolor Society was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1939. Accessed August, 2015.
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.
Women Painters of Washington from The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. Accessed August, 2015.
75th Anniversary Show featured artworks of founders and members since 1930, from Women Painters of Washington. Accessed August, 2015.
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. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
(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)
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