Russell Frye

Russell works in mixed media and painting/ printmaking, as well as creating pieces in cast-bronze and, most recently, glass. He believes that, "glass is an amazing material. It captivates you, draws you in, and can be used for a boundless number of applications. Light, color, and form come together to create a symphony for the eyes. It's awesome!"


Russell grew up south of Gallup, NM, on the Ramah-Navajo reservation. His mother is a traditional potter from Tesuque Pueblo and his father is an artist from Ft. Collins, Colorado. He studied at the University of New Mexico branch in Taos, as well as Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Frye joined the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in fall 2011.


While at IAIA in 2012, he began an internship with the New Mexico Experimental Glass Workshop. It was during this time that he discovered his passion for working with glass as a medium.