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Cornish College of the Arts

Nellie C. Cornish (1876-1956) founded the Cornish School in Seattle in 1914 and served as its director for the next 25 years. From a one-room studio in the Booth Building on Capitol Hill, the school r...

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Cumming, William (1917-2010)

William Cumming, a leading artist in the Pacific Northwest School, called himself "The Willie Nelson of Northwest Painting." His brilliant career as a painter was interwined with politics and interrup...

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Curtis, Asahel (1874-1941)

The Seattle-based photographer Asahel Curtis made 60,000 photographic images over a 44-year career.They provide a remarkable visual record of the Pacific Northwest. He was the brother of the renowned ...

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Curtis, Edward S. (1868-1952)

Edward Curtis was one of the most prominent figures in the cultural history of Washington state. He is acknowledged as one of the leading American photographers of his time and has produced iconic por...

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Dellaccio, Jini (1917-2014)

Jini (pronounced "Jeanie") Dellaccio's remarkable life -- plus her sweet demeanor, stylish ways, energetic manner, and multi-faceted artistic career -- embodied certain delightful ironies: She was a M...

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Dusanne, Zoe (1884-1972)

Zoe Dusanne, Seattle's first professional modern-art dealer, introduced modern art to many residents of the Puget Sound region, and helped to catalyze the rise and international fame of the Northwest ...

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Edmonds Cultural Organizations

Edmonds is a waterfront city in South Snohomish County with more than 40,000 residents. Three events a few years apart in the mid twentieth century played key roles the city's thriving cultural life: ...

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FitzGerald, James (1910-1973)

Born in Seattle, James FitzGerald studied architecture at the University of Washington, then traveled and studied fine-art painting. During the Great Depression he worked on projects funded by the fed...

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Focke, Anne (b. 1945)

Anne Focke has been an integral player in Seattle's cultural life since she graduated from the University of Washington in 1967, one of the first graduates in the university's art-history program. She...

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Foster, Donald Isle (1925-2012)

The great-grandson of Oregon Trail emigrants, Donald Isle Foster hails from a solid line of Pacific Northwest pioneers. He first came to prominence in the business community as the Director of Exhibit...

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Frolich, Finn Haakon (1868-1947), Sculptor

Finn Haakon Frolich served as Director of Sculpture for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held in Seattle in 1909, and a colorful, engaging figure who enlivened many places around the world with his...

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Frye Art Museum (Seattle)

The Frye Art Museum -- once dismissed as a sensibly shod maiden aunt muddling along in the stiletto-heeled art world -- has entered middle age with a new sense of style and self-confidence. Celebratin...

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Fuller, Dr. Richard Eugene (1897-1976)

Richard Eugene Fuller was the founder (with his mother Margaret MacTavish Fuller) of the Seattle Art Museum. Richard Fuller served as the museum's president and main benefactor from 1933 until his ret...

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Geoghegan, James Theodore (1869-1953)

James Theodore Geoghegan (pronounced "Gay-g'n") was Orcas Island's most prolific photographer during the first half of the twentieth century. Much of what we know visually about Orcas, the largest of ...

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Gerber, Andrew (1943-2002)

Andrew Gerber was an influential painter in Seattle's burgeoning Belltown art scene of the 1980s and early 1990s and a member of the staff of Center on Contemporary Art (COCA). He is best known for ...

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Gerber, Anne (1910-2005): A Life in Art

Anne Gerber (1910-2005) was a lifelong supporter of contemporary, cutting-edge art in Seattle. She and her husband Sid Gerber (d. 1965) were collectors both of modern art and of Native American art. T...

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Gilkey, Richard (1925-1997)

The painter Richard Gilkey grew up in the Skagit Valley, attended Ballard High School, and served in World War II as a marine. He returned to civilian life traumatized, becoming a brawler and rabble r...

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Gio Solimene Ross: The first First Lady of Seattle Opera

Glynn Ross, the founding director of Seattle Opera, was known for putting Seattle on the international opera map. But he did not do so alone. His Italian-born wife, Angelamaria Solimene Ross, known as...

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Gobin, Bernie (1930-2009)

Bernie "Kai Kai" Gobin (his Indian name means "blue jay" or "wise one") was a fisherman, artist, musician, and political leader on the Tulalip Reservation, where he lived most of his life. Gobin's for...

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Graves, Morris (1910-2001)

The painter Morris Graves was certainly the most eccentric of the "Northwest Mystics" -- artists of the Northwest School that also included Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson. Graves was a...

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Hale, Robert "Bob" (1918-1983)

Bob Hale (1918-1983), affectionately known as the "cartooning weatherman," made history as the first television weather reporter in the Pacific Northwest. A professional sign painter by trade, the Bel...

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Helder, Z. Vanessa (1904-1968)

Z. Vanessa Helder was one of Washington state's most distinguished artists of the early twentieth century. Born into a pioneer family, she became the state's leading practitioner of Precisionism, a st...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Norie Sato Recalls Working in Her Pioneer Square Studio

Norie Sato (b. 1949) is a Seattle artist who worked in a Pioneer Square studio for several decades beginning in the 1970s. The proximity to and views of Elliott Bay played a role in her creative proce...

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Hitt's Fireworks: Lighting Up the Skies from Columbia City (Seattle)

For more than 50 years, some of the world's most spectacular fireworks came from a collection of sheds on a hill in Columbia City, home to a pharmaceutical chemist with a genius for pyrotechnics, a ta...

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