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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. 

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


Bill Holm Center Staff:

Director, Bill Holm Center

Robin K. Wright is a professor of art history at the University of Washington, Curator of Native American Art and Director of the Bill Holm Center at the Burke Museum. She received her Ph.D. from the UW in 1985 and is currently researching Haida house models made for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.

Assistant Director, Managing Editor, Bill Holm Center

Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse is Assistant Director and Managing Editor of the Bill Holm Center. She received her Ph.D. in art history in 2007, and teaches in the art history and American Indian Studies departments at the UW. She is currently researching Franz Boas’ 1930 film on Kwakiutl dance.


Advisory Board:

Pat Courtney Gold is a Wasco weaver from the upriver branch of the Chinook Nation, from Scappoose, Oregon. She teaches Wasco basketry and lectures about the Columbia River Native cultures. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship and the Oregon Governor's Arts Award among other honors.  Her work is represented in many museum collections.

Sven Haakanson was recently hired as the curator of Native American anthropology at the Burke Museum. He is a member of the Old Harbor Alutiiq Tribe and holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University. He has made collections more accessible to Native communities by researching objects in the world’s museums and developing traveling exhibits, educational programs and resources.

Michael Holloman is Director of the Plateau Center for American Indian Studies and Associate Professor in the Fine Arts department at Washington State University. He is also Director of the Center for Plateau Cultural Studies at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane. He is a registered member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. 

Janice Criswell, Tlingit/Haida weaver, teaches Northwest Coast basketry at the University of Alaska Southeast. She learned to weave Raven's Tail robes and basketry from Cheryl Samuel and Delores Churchill. She was one of the weavers who wove the "Hands Across Time" robe for the Alaska State Museum.

Kate Duncan received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Washington, studying with Bill Holm. She is Professor of Art History at the Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, and curatorial associate at the Burke Museum. She has published extensively on Native American art, and is currently president of the Native American Art Studies Association.

Curator emeritus of Northwest Coast Art at the Burke Museum and professor emeritus of Art History, UW, Bill Holm's career as an artist and scholar of Northwest Coast art is the inspiration behind the Bill Holm Center. Bill and Marty Holm are currently working with Camp Nor'wester on Johns Island to continue their long tradition of teaching young people to appreciate Northwest Coast Native art and culture.

Shaun Peterson, Puyallup/Tulalip artist, has done public works for the cities of Tacoma and Seattle, as well as site specific work for tribal buildings in his community. His work is carried by many galleries in the Northwest region that specialize in Northwest Coast Native art in the form of limited-edition prints, drums, masks, rattles, hand-carved cedar panels, etched glass, and metalwork. (Photo by Esha Hart)


Emeritus Founding Board Members

Calvin Hunt, Kwagu'l Chief Tlasutiwalis of Fort Rupert, is also hereditary chief Na-soom-yees, Mowochaht from Friendly Cove. With his wife Marie, Calvin established a carving workshop, The Copper Maker, in Fort Rupert in 1981, expanding in 1989 to become the Kwakiutl Art of the Copper Maker Gallery. Calvin carves poles, masks, and canoes and also produces silkscreen prints, gold and silver jewelry, and stone carvings.

Steve Brown, artist and former curator of Native American art at the Seattle Art Museum, has published extensively on Northwest Coast art history, and produced many carvings and silver bracelets in the Northwest Coast style. He has been a frequent collaborator on major projects with Native artists and is an influential teacher of both history and art.


Support the BHC

Bill Holm Center projects are funded by grants and three endowments, the BHC Endowed Research Fund, the BHC Endowed Graduate Fellowship, and the BHC 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. Learn more about how you can support the Bill Holm Center.


For More Information

Dr. Robin K. Wright
Director, Bill Holm Center
Curator of Native American Art
Phone: 206-543-5595 

Dr. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse
Assistant Director and Managing Editor, Bill Holm Center
Curatorial Associate for Indigenous Art
Phone: 206-543-5344





Fax: 206-685-3039
Box 353010, Burke Museum University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3010