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.
India Young, graduate student from the University of New Mexico, studied Northwest Coast silkscreen prints as part of the research for her doctoral dissertation.
Glenda McKay, Ingalik-Athabascan artist, studied a bird skin parkas in August 2013.
Wendy Proverbs, Kaska-Dene researcher, studied bark bowls in September 2013.
Joel Isaak, Kenaitze artist, studied the construction of skin bags in September 2013.
Avis O'Brien and Ernest Swanson
Avis O’Brien, Haida/Kwakwaka’wakw artist, and Ernest Swanson, Haida, studied masks in October 2013.
Lou-Ann Ika'wega Neel
Lou-Ann Ika'wega Neel, Kwakwaka’wakw artist, studied Kwakwaka’wakw textiles as well as model poles and other Kwakwaka'wakw art made by family members in November 2013.
David A. Boxley
In May 2013, David A. Boxley, Alaskan Tsimshian artist, conducted research on serving trays, bowls, bentwood boxes and bowls from the northern Northwest Coast. Boxley has dedicated the last 30 years and his artistic career to the revitalization and rebirth of Tsimshian arts and culture. He is also dedicated to saving the language by teaching Smalgyak classes to Tsimshian communities in Seattle and throughout Southeast Alaska.
Avis O'Brien (R) and Ernest Swanson (L)
Lou-ann Ika'wega Neel
David A. Boxley
Heather Callaghan is Daklaweidi, Teslin Tlingit, and grew up in Yukon Territory. She has been mentored by Wayne Price, Victor Reece, Robert Tait, and Lorene Olivia Hanlon, among others, and works in a variety of media, including silver engraving, weaving, and carving. She studied the Tlingit collection at the Burke Museum in April 2013.
In January 2013, Tlingit artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner visited the Burke Museum to study Tlingit objects in the Ethnology collection His research at the Burke focused on Tlingit warriors' gear and masks as well as a broad range of other Tlingit objects.
In December 2012, Yakutat Tlingit artist Alison Bremner visited the Burke Museum to study Ravenstail and Naaxiin (Chilkat) weaving as well as other Tlingit objects.
Andrew Michael, Yupik/Inupiaq artist, came the Burke to study Yupik and Inupiaq masks and other objects in May 2014. Michael was interested in the manufacture of these artworks and how they were used to tell stories.
Dean Heron, Stan Bevan and Roberta Quock
Dean Heron, Kaska/Tlingit artist, and his mentor, Stan Bevan, Tahltan/Tlingit artist, came to research the Burke’s Chief Shakes collection as well as other Tlingit helmets, rattles and bentwood boxes from the Stikine region in June 2014. They were joined by Roberta Quock, Thompson-Okanagan/Tahltan artist, at the time a student at the Freida Diesing School where Heron and Bevan work.
Latham Mack and Dempsey Bob
Nuxalk artist Latham Mack and his mentor Tahltan/Tlingit artist Dempsey Bob came to the Burke to study Nuxalk frontlets, paddles, masks, and rattles among other objects in June 2014.
David A. Boxley
Tsimshian artists David Boxley held a series of design and carving classes at his workshop in Kingston, WA. The workshops consisted of 8 full days for 7 beginner students. The classes covered design, painting, and panel carving techniques as well as tool preparation.
(L-R) Dean Heron, Stan Bevan, and Roberta Quock
(L-R) Dempsey Bob and Latham Mack