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The Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art was founded at the Burke Museum in 2003 to continue the legacy of its namesake, who helped establish the Burke as one of the premiere centers for the study of Native arts of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

The Bill Holm Center is a global learning center, which supports Native and public access to the Burke Museum's Native art and artifact collections through research grants, programs, and publications. Our work is made possible by the generous support of individuals and foundations who are passionate about fostering appreciation and understanding of Northwest Native art.

To purchase your limited collector's edition of Bill Holm's definitive book Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form, please visit burkemuseum.org/holmbook.

Bill Holm Center Grant Opportunities

The Connections to Culture: Resources for Native Art and Artists grant applications are now closed. Grant applications for research grants and workshop grants to be carried out between July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 will be accepted starting February 1, 2015 and will be due no later than May 1, 2015.

Current Projects

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Northwest Coast Indian Art

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bill Holm’s definitive book on northern Northwest Coast art, the Bill Holm Center and University of Washington Press are publishing an updated color edition of Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form.

Purchase your copy here.

Coast Salish Art

Explore the history of Coast Salish art, what makes it distinctive among the many regional Northwest Coast styles, and learn about the vitality of contemporary Coast Salish works.

In the Spirit of the Ancestors

Now Available The first in the new Bill Holm Center Publication Series on Native Art of the Pacific Northwest, In the Spirit of the Ancestors: Contemporary Northwest Coast Art at the Burke Museum.

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