Kelli Clifton with her parents
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.
Visiting Researcher Grants
Kelli Clifton, Tsimshian artst, visited the Burke with her parents, Kristi and Oliver Clifton, to study Tsimshian art and gain inspiration for her art practice in July 2014.
Ariane Medley, Haida artist, studied Haida weavings including baskets, textiles, and woven basketry hats in August 2014.
David R. Boxley
Tsimshian artist David R. Boxley visited the Burke in August 2014 to study a wide variety of Northwest Coast material including Tsimshian, Nisga’a and Gitxsan carvings, baskets from Metlakatla, AK, and Tsimshian, Haida, and Tlingit gold and silver bracelets. Boxley also made a puppet which was featured in the 2014-15 Burke exhibition Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired.
Tyson Brown, Haida artist, visited the Burke in August 2014 with David R. Boxley to study Haida, Tsimshian, and Tlingit formline and sculptural art dated from the 18thto early 20thcenturies.
Mary Wheeler-Goddard & Jennifer Younger
In August 2014 Tlingit artists Wheeler-Goddard and Younger studied engraved metal jewelry and other carved items to better understand Tlingit formline design and incorporate that into their own work. Their mentor, artist Nicholas Galanin, also joined for part of their research visit.
Peter Lind, Jr.
Peter Lind, Jr., Alutiiq/Aleut artist, visited in September 2014 to study the Alutiiq collections. He was particularly interested in the technological process that goes into making dolls, masks and kayaks.
David R. Boxley
Tyson Brown (L) with David R. Boxley (R)
Mary Goddard-Wheeler (L) and Jennifer Younger (R)
Peter Lind, Jr.
Researcher Amy Chan came to the Burke in October 2014 to analyze our collection of 19th century Iñupiat masks. Through her research she helps to further the understanding of Iñupiat communities who practice mask-making, mask characteristics, and their roles in specific performances, ownership and use.
Cawston Research Group
Rodney Cawston (Nez Perce, Lakes & Okanogan), Colleen Cawston (Wenatchee), Rex Buck Jr. (Wanapum), Angela Buck (Yakama), Elaine Emerson (Methow & Okanogan), Wilson Wewa (Warm Springs & Paiute), and Arielle Cawston (Nez Perce, Lakes, Okanogan, & Wenatchee) visited in October 2014 to study Plateau beadwork, basketry, carvings and clothing. The artists collectively discussed both the techniques and functions of the pieces, with the goal of preserving cultural knowledge among their respective communities and sharing their new insights with younger generations.
Erin Gingrich, an artist from the Nome Eskimo Community, visited the Burke to study carved wood bowls and masks as well as hand-sewn objects such as mittens, gloves, boots, and slippers in November 2014.
Joe Seymour, Squaxin Island/Acoma Pueblo artist, visited the collections to study Coast Salish spindle whorls, carved bowls and model canoes in December 2014. He was joined by his teacher/mentor Alex McCarty and fiancé Sandy Littletree.
Yup’ik artist Terresa White visited the Burke with her mother Louise White to study historic and contemporary Yup’ik objects including masks, mask attachments, carved figures, and dolls in February 2015. White creates multi-media masks influenced by these historic pieces.
Ruby Alexis & April Alexis
The Alexis sisters (Okanagan from the Syilx & Sinixt bands) visited the Burke Museum in March 2015 to study our Plateau collections including basketry, twined bags, hats, ropes, nets, parfleches, combs, horn bowls, and moccasins. The pair was particularly interested in traditional fibers like dogbane hemp, which they have been working with for the last five years. They will use their research here as inspiration in their own personal projects, to enhance their workshops, and to support the development of a Plateau-style art classes for younger generations.
Greg Archuleta & Greg Robinson
Greg Archuleta (Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde) and Greg Robinson (Chinook Nation) visited the Burke Museum in April 2015 to study the traditional art forms of the Columbia River region and Puget Sound including carved objects of wood, stone, bone and sheep horn and basketry. Their apprentice Ceara Lewis joined them as well (not pictured: Greg Archuleta).
Plateau Research Group (L-R) - Rodney Cawston, Wilson Wewa, Rex Buck, and Colleen Cawston.
Alex McCarty (L), Sandy Littletree (C), and Joe Seymour (R)
Terresa White with her mother
April Alexis (L) and Ruby Alexis (R)
Greg Robinson (R) and apprentice Ceara Lewis (L) during his research visit with Greg Archuleta (not pictured)
Meghann O’Brien (Haida/Kuista and Kwakwaka’wakw/Alert Bay) came to the Burke in May 2015 to study Ravenstail and Naakiin (Chilkat) robes, aprons, and leggings from the 19th century. She finds inspiration and motivation for her own practice when researching and learning from the older pieces.
Rande Cook, Kwakwaka’wakw artist, visited the Burke in May 2015 to study our Kwakwaka’wakw collections including silver and gold jewelry, carved masks and rattles, and copper pieces.
Collections-Based Workshop Grants
Jacqueline Fernandez & Rico Worl
In August 2014 Fernandez, Curator of Collections at the Sheldon Jackson Museum, organized a workshop for Worl (Tlingit) to teach students about formline design and how to paint their own skateboards with the designs they learned. Two of Worl’s decks were on display for the 2014-15 Burke exhibition Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired.
Bernadine Phillips, Colville/Okanogan/Wenatchee artist, held a series of cedar root basketweaving workshops on the Kalispel Reservation in September 2014. Her workshops included instruction on both gathering materials and weaving techniques.
Patsy Whitefoot & Pat Courtney Gold
Patsy Whitefoot (Yakama Nation) and Pat Courtney Gold (Wasco/Warm Springs) received a Collections-Based Workshop grant to hold a workshop both onsite here at the Burke Museum in March 2015 as well as offsite on the Yakama Reservation in June 2015. Gold showed the students baskets in the Burke’s ethnology collections before teaching the students how to weave wapaas baskets, or root gathering bags. While offsite in Yakama, Gold taught the students how to weave cornhusk bags, techniques for natural fiber weaving and how to harvest and split dogbane, tule and cattail. Workshop participants will go on to teach other students about the techniques they have learned.
Susan Balbas & Theresa Parker
Susan Balbas of the Na’ah Illahee Fund organized a cedar basketweaving workshop at Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Seattle in June 2015. Participants learned how to weave from master Makah weaver Theresa Parker and used cedar bark harvested and prepared by Parker herself.
Ed Carriere (Suquamish) received a Collections-Based Workshop grant to teach his students about Suquamish basketry and the gathering of natural materials. Workshop participants joined Carriere in the Burke collections during their museum visit in July 2015 and were able to study parts of the 2,000 year old burden basket from the Biderbost wet site in our archaeology collections as well as the Carriere’s replica of that same basket in our ethnology collections. The offsite lessons take place at Carriere’s home in Indianola, WA throughout June and July 2015.
Rico Worl (Center) at his workshop at the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka, AK
Bernadine Phillips Basketry Workshop at the Kalispel Reservation
Patsy Whitefoot and Pat Courtney Gold Basketry Workshop at the Burke Museum
Na'ah Illahee Fund Basketry Workshop with Theresa Parker at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center
Ed Carriere Basketry Workshop at the Burke Museum