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About Us

The Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art was established at the Burke Museum in 2003 to continue Bill Holm's legacy at the Burke Museum, which has made it one of the premier centers for the study of Native arts of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Bill Holm Center projects are funded by grants and through three endowments, the Bill Holm Center Endowed Research Fund, the Bill Holm Center Endowed Graduate Fellowship, and the Bill Holm Center Endowed Professorship. As we continue to build these endowments we will use the distributed interest to fund projects that include research on, access to, and appreciation of Native Art of the Pacific Northwest Coast.


Our Mission

Establish a globally accessible learning center at the Burke Museum
  • Promote scholarly research on Northwest Coast Native art
  • Increase Native and public access to research resources
  • Foster appreciation and understanding of Native art of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Current Grant Offerings

The Burke Museum is moving to a brand new facility! In order to pack and prepare for the move, research visits to the main Burke campus cultural collections are currently closed. To continue providing opportunities during this time of flux we have the following grant options:

NEW Mentor-Apprenticeship Grants

The Mentor-Apprenticeship Grant provides funding to support mentor artists in transference cultural and artistic knowledge with apprentices. Applications are encouraged from Native artists in Oregon and Washington interested and qualified to mentor an apprentice of their choosing in traditional or contemporary Indigenous arts.

Visiting Artist/Researcher Grants - Offsite Storage only*

This program is intended to give artists and other researchers access to Burke Museum resources to study art from the Pacific Northwest region (Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon). Proposals from artists and researchers whose projects would benefit from the study of the Burke Museum’s Ethnology collection  are encouraged.

*Due to the move to the New Burke, this grant is only available for visits to offsite storage to study canoes and other monumental art forms.

Offsite Workshops Grants

Workshops Grants are intended to provide funds for artists, communities, or arts organizations to host workshops offsite at a local community. These grants support projects that involve or benefit the community and address understanding and creation of Native arts. Applications are encouraged from Native artists in Oregon and Washington.