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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

Grant Offerings

Visiting Artist/Researcher Grants

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, including paper and photographic archives (and other UW resources), are encouraged.

Collections-Based Workshops Grants

Collections-Based Workshops Grants are intended to provide funds for artists, communities, or arts organizations to host workshops onsite at the Burke Museum with the option of
follow-up workshops offsite at a local com- munity. These grants support projects that involve or benefit the community and address understanding and creation of Native arts. Workshops must relate to the Indigenous arts of the greater Pacific Northwest (Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon).