April 6 – July 16, 2023

This exhibition consists of works by Paul Morgan Gustin (1886-1974) collected by artist Annah Wright Rogers and her husband Dr. Philip M. Rogers who were close friends of the artist. One of the region’s finest painters, Gustin was born at Ft. Vancouver, Washington and was raised in Denver, Colorado where he studied with Jean Manheim. 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.

Gustin was among the first Seattle artist’s to exhibit in prominent national venues such as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC and the Art Institute of Chicago among others. He had six paintings in the Panama- Pacific International exhibition, San Francisco, 1915 where he also served on the Art Jury. From 1923-1926, Gustin traveled throughout Europe where he studied and exhibited, most notably at the prestigious Spring Salon in Paris in 1925. Throughout his career, Gustin created a group of botanical paintings based on his first-hand observations of the region’s wildflowers seen on his numerous hiking expeditions.

This collection of Gustin’s work has been donated to our permanent collection through the generosity of George Rogers, son of the original collectors.