The Bill Holm Center offers both visiting researcher and workshop grants. The visiting researcher grants provide individual or groups of artists and other researchers access to Burke Museum resources for research on art from the Pacific Northwest region (Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska). Our workshop grants support hands-on learning events at the both the Burke and in the artists’ home communities of the Pacific Northwest region.
Learn more about grant opportunities on our Bill Holm Center Grants page.
Gordon Greenwald, Owen James and Herb Sheakley
Three Tlinigit artists from Hoonah, Alaska, visited the Burke Museum in early November, 2012: Gordon Greenwald, Kaach Yaas, Chookaneidi Clan; Owen James, Kaa tlaax, Kiks.adi Clan; and Herb Sheakley, Yun Dus, Shungukeidi Clan. They are currently involved in a project to carve the components of a Tribal House to be built in Glacier Bay National Park at Bartlett Cove. Bill Holm Center Advisory Board member, Steve Brown, worked with them during their visit. This opportunity to study both traditional and contemporary carved objects at the Burke collection was focused on learning more about styles, techniques, and methods that they can bring back to their community to teach and incorporate within current and future projects.
Sonny Assu studied the Kwakwaka'wakw collection at the Burke Museum in July 2012. Assu is Ligwilda'xw of the We Wai Kai First Nation (Cape Mudge). An interdisciplinary artist, Assu merges Northwest Coast iconography with the aesthetics of popular culture to challenge the social and historical values placed upon both. He studied the Kwakwaka’wakw and other collections related to his art practice.
X'unei Lance Twitchell, Tlinigit/Haida/Yup'ik artist and educator, received a visiting research grant at the Burke Museum in early July 2012. He has been a digital media artist, and his research on low relief carving and flat design at the Burke Museum will help him to move from digital design into low relief carving. His research was also focused on distinguishing between the Haida and Tlingit styles of art. While at the Burke he was able to consult with Bill Holm Center Director, Robin K. Wright, about Hydaburg genealogy.
Dr. Megan Smetzer conducted research at the Burke Museum during the spring and summer 2012. Her research is focused on the 19th diffusion of beadwork along the Northwest Coast. Her specific project focused on the connection between Tlingit and Kwakwaka'wakw communities, particularly the role played by Anisalaga (Mary Ebbetts Hunt) in this often overlooked history. This work expands on her PhD thesis "Assimilation or Resistance? The Production and Consumption of Tlingit Beadwork".
Haida artist Evelyn Vanderhoop is a naaxiin weaver, teacher, curator and consultant. She conducted research on the naaxiin weavings in the Burke Museum collection and archival documents from the UW Libraries in May 2012. Her research focuses on the early history of naaxiin weaving and the historical documents that reveal that Haida women were weavers of both Ravenstail and naaxiin robes (often referred to as Chilkat robes in the past). She is currently preparing a manuscript on naaxiin weaving for publication.
Christian White came to the Burke Museum to study the work of his Haida ancestors, including his great-great grandfather Charles Edenshaw. He was particularly interested in ceremonial knife pommels, rattles, spoons, amulets headdresses, and argillite carvings. White found the experience to be an important step in his artistic career.
Frank Kodras, a beadwork researcher from Toronto, Ontario, received a Bill Holm Center Visiting Research grant from October 10-14, 2011, to examine the Burke Museum's beadwork collection. Frank met with Bill Holm Center Board Member Dr. Kate Duncan, to discuss differences in tribal styles of beadwork, the focus of his research.
Kay Parker, an accomplished weaver from Juneau Alaska received a Bill Holm Center Visiting Research grant to examine the naaxiin (Chilkat) tunic in the Burke Museum collection, September 14-15, 2011. A Rasmussen Foundation grant allowed her to study the tunics in the Denver Art Museum and Portland Art Museum before visiting the Burke Museum.
Melanie Ancheta, Bellingham artist and researcher, is studying the materials Northwest Coast indigenous artists used to make paintbrushes, pigments and binders, and other implements in relation to distinct regions prior to the availability of commercially manufactured materials.
Manuel Salazar is affiliated with the Cowichan Tribe of Duncan, B.C, and lives in the Seattle area. His drum was featured on the poster for the In the Spirit of the Ancestors exhibit at the Burke Museum in 2007. Manuel Salazar studied Coast Salish prints at the Burke Museum in January 2009.
Fred Fulmer, Sat-Kaa, is a carver and performing artist from the Chookaneidee, Eagle Brown Bear clan, from the Glacier or Ice House. He researched Tlingit carvings at the Burke Museum, March 30-April 2, 2009, focusing on paddles, bowls, spoons, seal clubs, canoes, combs, rattles, clappers, staffs, and war gear.
Robin Lovelace-Smith is a Tlingit sculptor, carver, and who has spent the last ten years training under, studying, and collaborating with Frank Perez, David Boxley, Donald Varnell, Nathan and Stephen Jackson. She was apprenticed to Stephen Jackson when he created Nearing Completion, the Kaats housepost (cat. no. 2006-85/1) for the Burke Museum in 2005. The main focus of her research is Taku River Tlingit Yanyeidí clan carvings, stories, songs, and regalia. She researched the Burke's Tlingit collection May 4-8, 2009.
Margaret Hartley is a K-8 teacher at Saint Catherine School in North Seattle. She has a B.A. in art history from Auckland University in New Zealand, and a Masters of Education degree from Grand Canyon University, Arizona. She is developing a curriculum on Coast Salish art for K-8 students at her school, focusing on depictions of birds and fish. She studied Coast Salish prints at the Burke Museum, July 6-7, 2009.
Felix Solomon is a Lummi carver, who worked on the restoration of the Centennial Story Pole for Whatcom County. While a visiting researcher at the Bill Holm Center in December 2008, Felix studied Coast Salish art in the Burke Museum's Ethnology collection.
Jim Heaton has been studying and carving Northwest Coast style art since 1984. He carves totem poles, house posts, and many other types of smaller-scale objects. While he was a visiting researcher at the Bill Holm Center from Oct. 6-20, 2008, Jim demonstrated carving in the public gallery of the Museum, and gave a presentation at a University of Washington art history class on the building of "The House Like a Mirror," a traditional style long house built for the Chilkat Indian Village.
George J. Bennett Sr.
George J. Bennett Sr. grew up in Hoonah, Alaska and is now a clan spokesperson for the T'akdaintaan clan of the Tlingit Raven Moiety. Bennett has been doing Tlingit art for the past twelve years, and studied with Wayne Price, Tommie Joseph, Reggie Petersen, Will Burkhart, Ernie Smeltzer, and Delores Churchill. While at the Burke Museum as a visiting researcher during July 21-30, he studied the Museum's Tlingit art, collection, including bentwood boxes and bowls, halibut hooks, masks and other sculpture.
Shgen Doo Tan (Tlingit, Dakl’aweidí clan). George’s research visit focused on the Naaxiin (Chilkat) and Ravenstail weavings in the Burke’s collection, examining materials and techniques of these textiles. The Naaxiin octopus bag she wove after her visit was included in the Burke’s Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired exhibit.
Arlene Skinner has been practicing her art of twined grass basket weaving for over 26 years, utilizing a natural method of curing wild beach grass. Her work combines fine twining and embroidery work with contemporary artistic design. She examined grass basketry in the Burke's collection.
George Bennett, Sr.
Aaron Nelson-Moody / Tawx’sin Yexwulla / Poolxtun is from the Cheak'mus village, Squamish Nation, B.C. He has worked with community groups and students for the last 12 years sharing traditional teachings in Canada, and in Japan and Scotland. Nelson-Moody visited the Burke Museum in April 2007 to study a Squamish Spindle whorl in our collection. While at the Burke Museum he carved several spindle whorl replicas, talked to Dawn Glinsmann's ArtH 309 class, and demonstrated his carving in the Museum's public gallery. His copper replica of the Burke Museum spindle whorl was featured in the Burke's Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired exhibit in 2014-2015.
Emily L. Moore
Emily L. Moore is a graduate student in the Ph.D. program in art history at the University of California, Berkeley. Moore visited the Burke Museum in May 2007 to research Chilkat tunics, the topic of her master's thesis, and contemporary Tlingit art, the topic of her Ph.D. dissertation.
Tommy Joseph / Naal xák'w, of the Eagle Moiety, Kaagwaantaan Clan, has been actively engaged in Northwest Coast carving for over twenty years as an instructor, interpreter/demonstrator and as a commissioned artist. In March 2007, Tommy visited the Burke Museum to research the traditional Tlingit battle dress, daggers, and other Tlingit regalia in the collection. He talked to Dawn Glinsmann's ArtH 309 class, and also demonstrated carving in the Burke Museum public gallery. In addition he was able to share his knowledge about Tlingit daggers with UW art history graduate student and Bill Holm Center Fellow, Ashley Verplank.
Mike Webber is an Alaskan Native, a self-employed fisherman and carver from Cordova, Alaska, of Tlingit and Alutiiq descent. He has studied carving with Bob Shaw in Cordova and Tlingit carvers, Nathan Jackson, Fred Trout, and Tommy Joseph. Mike visited the Burke Museum in October 2007 to study the Alutiiq and Tlingit collections, with the goal of carving replicas of some of the pieces in the collection.
Mique'l (Askren) Dangeli
Mique'l Dangeli, PhD, was a graduate student in art history at the University of British Columbia at the time of her Bill Holm Center grant. She is Tsimshian and Tlingit from Metlakatla, Alaska. She was working on her master's thesis which focused on the work of a late 19th-century Tsimshian photographer named Benjamin Alfred Haldane from Metlakatla. Through her research, Dangeli has shown how B.A.'s photography contradicted this colonial narrative of Metlakatla's history by documenting the participation of Metlakatla's members in Tsimshian traditions that were thought to been replaced by Euro-American ways of living. The Burke Museum houses objects from Metlakatla that are stylistically similar to those in B.A.'s photographs . Mique'l focused her research on the Metlakatla material in the Ethnology collection as well as the historical photographs in the Ethnology Archives.
Mike Dangeli is a Nisga'a artist from Vancouver, B.C. He works in many different media including wood, leather/hide, canvas, bone, and paper. He became a professional artist in 1998 and has demonstrated and presented his artwork around the world, including United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, and Malaysia. He is also the leader of a dance group called the Git Hayetsk Dancers. Dangeli will focus his research on the 19th-century northern northwest coast collection at the Burke.
Lisa Telford is a Haida weaver from Everett, Washington. She apprenticed with master weavers Delores and Holly Churchill (her aunt and cousin). She came to the Burke to do research with her Haida apprentice, Shauna Colbert, and they studied the Northwest Coast basketry in the Burke’s collection.