David F. Martin: Publications

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About David F. Martin:



David F. Martin is co-owner of Martin-Zambito Fine Art in Seattle, WA and is an independent arts researcher, writer, curator and historian who has documented the art history of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest since 1986 as well as Western New York State since 1981. He is the leading authority on early Washington State art and artist’s. Many of the artists he has chosen to focus on are women, Japanese Americans , Gay & Lesbian and other minorities who had established national and international reputations during the period 1890-1960.

He is former Program Director for the American Art Council at the Seattle Art Museum. For three years he served as regional President of the Northwest Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. He is the author of several award-winning regional catalogues and contributes essays and catalogue entries for national and international publications on painting, printmaking and photography.

Author of a series of articles related to Northwest Art for Historylink.org, Washington State’s online encyclopedia, published and ongoing:

Ella E. McBride, 1862-1965, Pioneer Mountaineer and Artistic Photographer.

Z. Vanessa Helder: Biographical Essay.

Artists of Washington State During World War II.

Dale Chihuly: Biographical Essay.

Women Painters Of Washington.

Edward S. Curtis: Biographical Essay.

David F. Martin's books can be found at Amazon Books.


Current and past projects:



Author: A Fluid Tradition-The Northwest Watercolor Society at 75
University of Washington Press, 2015.

Lecture and panel discussion: Inspirations – Interactions: Pictorialism Reconsidered, November 21, 22, 23, 2013, Staatliche Museum, Berlin, Germany.

Main author and Co-Curator with Margaret Bullock: Austere Beauty: The Art of Z. Vanessa Helder. Tacoma Art Museum, July 27 – October 20, 2013; O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas, January 23 – March 6, 2014. University of Washington Press.

Author, “The Art of Z. Vanessa Helder”, American Art Review, October, 2013.

Author: “Art For Art’s Sake”, feature article about Buffalo, NY artist Arthur Kowalski (1893-1958)
Western New York Heritage Magazine, Volume 15 No. 3, Fall 2012.

Lecture: The Lavender Palette: Gay Northwest Artists in the Early 20th Century.
Saturday, March 24, 2013, 1 pm, Tacoma Art Museum.

A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer
Tacoma Art Museum, July - November, 2011. Main author of catalogue and co-curator of exhibition with Margaret Bullock.
Winner of the 2012 Award of Exhibit Excellence from the Washington Museum Association.

Evergreen Muse: The Art of Elizabeth Colborne, guest curator and author of accompanying catalogue, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, June 17 - October 9, 2011. University of Washington Press.
Mentioned in the New York Times, April 19, 2012, “These Women Refused To Stay in the Kitchen”.

Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club, University of Washington Press, 2011. Main author. (with additional essay from Nicolette Bromberg).
Advisor to accompanying exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery, February 12 – May 8, 2011
The CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Awards recognized Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club in their Collaborative Programs category with a Gold Award from among 32 national entries.

Guest Curator and author of accompanying book : Cut from Nature: The Art of Richard Bennett for the Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, University of Washington Press, August 27. 2010- March 27, 2011.
Nominated for the Virginia Marie Folkins Award for outstanding historical publication by the Association of King County Historical Organizations.

Lecture: Northwest Women Artists, 1890-1950: Reviving Reputations
Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA.June 6, 2010

Lecture: Painted with Light: Pictorial Photography in Washington State.
Sunday, February 28, 2010, Tacoma Art Museum.

Author: Yvonne Twining Humber: A Washington Painter of Renown and Obscurity, Columbia The Magazine of Northwest History, Winter, 2009 issue

Author: Tony Sisti: Buffalo’s Two-Canvas Knockout. Article about Professional Boxer and fine arts painter active in New York State during the Great Depression. Western New York Heritage Magazine, Volume 12 Number 3, Fall 2009.

Lecture: “Transcending the Mystics: Early 20th Century Art in Seattle”.
For Enduring Legacies: The Arts & Crafts Movement in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
Initiatives in Art & Culture symposium, Thursday, September 24, 2009, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle.

Lecture: Langley’s Art Legacy: Peter and Margaret Camfferman and Brackenwood, 1915-1964; Langley Historic Preservation Commission, the South Whidbey Historical Society and Sno-Isle Libraries. May, 21, 2009.

Lecture: Northwest Women Artists, 1890-1950: Reviving Reputations
State Capitol Museum, Olympia, Washington, March 13, 2008

Lecture: Northwest Women Artists, 1890-1950: Reviving Reputations
Seattle Art Museum, November 3, 2007.

Author: Yvonne Twining Humber 1907-2004 : Her Life and Her Legacy, “The Urban and Rural Musings of an American Painter”.
Artist Trust Publication, 2007.

Co-Author with Michael L. James: Intimate Spirits: Remembering the Art & Lives of Annie Crawford and Emma Kaan.
Western New York Heritage magazine Volume 10 #3, Fall, 2007.

Author: Contributed entries for the catalogue, Selected Paintings & Sculpture from the Collection of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City Museum of, 2007 .

Co-Author with Michael L. James: Encyclopedia of New York State, Syracuse University Press, 2005. "Art in Rochester and Central New York" and “Murals in New York State".

Author and Curator: “An Enduring Legacy: Women Painters Of Washington, 1930-2005” (University of Washington Press) Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA. May 22, 2005 through September 11, 2005. Winner of the Bellingham Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, 2005.
Second Printing, May, 2012.

Lecture: Northwest Women Artists, 1890-1950 Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, , June 12, 2005.

Author: “An Enduring Legacy: Women Painters Of Washington, 1930-2005” feature article, American Art Review , June, 2005.

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, adviser to curators for Washington state artists, Northwest Masters: Forgotten Prints from 1910-1945, April 9 through June 5, 2005.
Also gave the opening night gallery talk.

Author: “Robert DeZordo: The Search For A Still-Life”, Seattle Academy of Fine Art brochure essay and exhibition assistant. March 18 – May 1, 2005.

Co-Curator: “Brushes With History, Art As Artifact”, Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, February 2005 through January 2006.

Curator and catalogue author: “From Lake Union to the Louvre: The Etchings of Paul Morgan Gustin” , Frye Art Museum, , September , 2004 through January, 2005.

Lecture: “Printmaking in Seattle: The Early 20th Century”, Frye Art Museum September 25, 2004.

Assistant and advisor to curator “The View From Here”, early Northwest Paintings Seattle Art Museum, July, 2004 through March, 2005.

Docent Lecture: “The View From Here”, early Northwest art and artists, Seattle Art Museum: Docent lecture, September 24, 2004.

Lecture: “The Unique View From Here”, early NW Art & Artists, Seattle Art Museum:, October 1, 2004.

Lecture: Early Northwest Artists, 1890-1945, Edmonds Museum, Edmonds, WA. May 18, 2004,

Lecture: Early Women Artists of the Northwest, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA. May 13, 2004.

Lectures on Early Women Photographers of the Northwest for Safeco Insurance to coincide with their exhibition of the same topic: February 19, 2004 and April 8, 2004:

Lecture examining early Northwest Art, Microsoft Artist Lecture Series, February 6, 2004.

Lecture: For exhibition “The View From Here”, early Northwest artists active between 1880-1940’s. Seattle Art Museum, November 7, 2003

Lecture: “Northwest Women Artists, 1880-1950”, Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA. October 23, 2003,

Lectures: "Painted With light: Northwest Pictorial Photography 1890-1930" July 8, 2003
"The Other Northwest School: Early Northwest Regional art 1880-1950", July 15, 2003
City of Seattle Art Tuesdays: Cal Anderson Park Shelter House.

Lecture: “Pictorial Photography in the Northwest and the American West”.
Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, Canada: June 19, 2003.

Curator and Author of catalogue: Pioneer Women Photographers,
Frye Art Museum, Seattle: December 2002 –March 2003,

Lecture: Pioneer Women Photographers Frye Art Museum, January 26, 2003.

Author: Pioneer Women Photographers American Art Review, December 2002.

Author : “Eugene M. Dyczkowski: Lusty Realist of Depression-Era Buffalo”.
Western New York Heritage magazine, Winter, 2004, Volume 6, number 4.

Author : "Niagara's Visual Music in the Paintings of Claire Shuttleworth (1867-1930)"
Western New York Heritage magazine, Winter, 2003, Volume 6, Number 1.

Northwest Visionaries: Early Oregon and Washington Painters. March 15 through September 2, 2002. Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA. Advisor to Curator and two lectures on early Washington State artists during the exhibition run.

Seattle Art Museum: April 7, 2001, lecture "Washington State Art and Artists of the W.P.A."

Lecture on Seattle W.P.A. artist Z. Vanessa Helder (1904-1968) and her series of watercolors that chronicle the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam, Washington State Historical Museum, Tacoma, WA. March 22, 2001.

Lecture: The Seattle Camera Club 1924-1929, University of Washington, Conference on the History of the Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest, Tuesday, May 9, and 2000.

Lecture: Painted With Light: Pictorialism & the Seattle Camera Club, 1924-1929)
Seattle Art Museum: September 16, 1999:

Author: “Painted With Light: Photographs by the Seattle Camera Club” American Art Review, February, 2000 issue. Feature essay about Seattle’s first internationally known photographic organization.

Lecture: The New Deal and the Federal Art Projects, Museum of History & Industry, Saturday, April 1, 2000. This lecture resulted in the location of the lost WPA Murals executed by Jacob Elshin for the West Seattle High School.

Lecture: “Northwest Artists 1880-1960” Kirkland Heritage Society, Kirkland, WA., April 26, 2000.

Assisted in establishing the Frye's bi-annual program, Celebrating Women in the Arts, served on the planning committee for continuing exhibitions. Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA.: Symposium on Women Artists, Panelist. May 15, 1999.
Frye Art Museum, Seattle.

Lecture:“Staving Off Starvation’s Wolf” ,Washington State Artists and the W.P.A.,
Art Libraries Society of North America, National Conference, Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C., April 10, 1999 for the Frick Fine Arts Library, University of Pittsburgh.

Lecture: “The Influence of Arthur Wesley Dow & The Arts & Crafts Movement on Early Northwest Painters, Printmakers and Photographers, Seattle Art Museum: February 27, 1999.

Lecture: Northwest Women Artists, 1890-1950, Seattle Asian Art Museum: Dec. 6, 1998.

Author: Louise Crow Boyac (1891-1968), Northwest Art History, ARTIFACT, A Regional Magazine of the Fine Arts and Antiques, September/October, 1995, Volume 1, No. 2

Author: Lance Wood Hart (1891-1941 birth date incorrectly published as 1892), Northwest Art History, ARTIFACT, A Regional Magazine of the Fine Arts and Antiques, July/August, 1995, Volume 1, No. 1


David Martin contributed to the following books and catalogues:



Who Was Who in American Art (three volumes), 1564-1975, Peter Hastings Falk, Sound View Press, 1999. Contributed updated biographical material on numerous Northwest and national artists.

The Pacific Northwest Landscape, A Painted History, Kitty Harmon, editor, Sasquatch Books, 2001. Advisor to the editor, contributed biographical material and illustrations.

Northwest Watercolor Society Celebrates 60 Years, exhibition catalogue, Frye Art Museum, 2000.

Nikkei Life in the Northwest: Photographic Impressions, 1912-1954, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Winter, 1999/2000, Volume 91 #1.

Oregon Painters, The First Hundred Years 1859-1959, Ginny Allen and Jody Klevit, Oregon Historical Society Press, 1999.

What it Meant to be Modern: Seattle Art in Mid-Century, Sheryl Conkelton, exhibition catalogue (advisor to curator for historical artists and contributed biographies for catalogue)
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, 1999.

California Impressionism, William Gerdts, Abbeville Press, 1998.

An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West, Phil and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, University of Texas Press, 1998.

Yasushi Tanaka: Painter Who Worked in Seattle and Paris, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan, 1997.

Witch of Kodakery: The Photographs of Myra Albert Wiggins, Carole Glauber, Washington State University Press, 1997.

Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945, Patricia Trenton, editor, University of California Press, 1995. Advisor to exhibition and to the catalogue essay.