(L-R) Dean Heron, Stan Bevan, and Roberta Quock
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
Inupiat stone carving artist Sam Dimmick visited the Burke in October 2016 to study our arctic collections, examining many masks, carvings, model umiaks, and tools.
Bremner, a Yakutat Tlingit artist, came to the Burke with her mentor, Tsimshian master artist David A. Boxley, and her apprentice, an emerging Yakutat artist Devlin Anderstrom, to study northern Northwest Coast carvings, spoons, trays, and bentwood boxes. Bremner plans to share her research here with the emerging artists in her hometown of Yakutat, AK.
Squaxin Island weaver Patti Puhn visited the Burke in February 2016 with her sister and apprentice JeNene Miller to study the cattail and cedar bark clothing and basketry in the collections. After her visit, Puhn donated one of her baskets to the Burke collection!
Lummi glass artist Dan Friday came to the Burke in February, April, and August 2016 to study our Coast Salish collections as inspiration for his contemporary work. Friday also brought his sister Raya Friday, a multimedia artist, along in his visits and the siblings studied work of their great-great grandfather Xa-Tel-Ek (Frank Hillaire) that we have in the collection.
Duwamish weaver DeAnn Jacobson received both a Visiting Researcher grant and a Collections-Based Workshop grant. Jacobson visited the Burke in April 2016 for her research grant to study Duwamish baskets and clothing, including baskets made by her anscestor Princess Angeline, or Kikisoblu, Chief Seattle's youngest daughter.
Grafe, the Curator of Art at the Maryhill Museum of Art, visited the Burke in April 2016 to study 19th and 20th century Columbia River Plateau beadwork, particularly beaded clothing, accessories, and bags.
Shawn Brigman, a Spokane artist, visited the Burke to study our model sturgeon nosed canoe and then traveled with Justin McCarthy, our Collections Outreach Coordinator, to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia to study their full-size sturgeon nosed canoe in August 2016. Brigman has made a number of his own full size sturgeon nosed canoes.
Alison Bremner, David A. Boxley, and Devlin Anderstrom (L-R)
Patti Puhn and JeNene Miller (L-R)
Shawn Brigman studying the sturgeon nosed canoe at the Museum of Anthropology with BHC Outreach Coordinator Justin McCarthy (R-L)
Port Gamble S'Klallam artsit Brian Perry visited the Burke in August 2016 to study Coast Salish carvings and basketry. He was particularly interested in basketry designs and how to incorporate them into his own work. Artist Qwalsius - Shawn Peterson joined Perry for a day of his research as well.
Plateau Beadwork and Basketry Group
In August 2016 Colville and Spokane artists and makers Shelly Boyd, Bernadine Phillips, Vera Best, Gina Lawrence, Dena Moses and her mother Norma McCrea visited the Burke together to spend a few days studying Colville and Spokane beadwork, basketry, and clothing.
Collection-Based Workshop Grants
The Bill Holm Center helped fund and support the First Annual Salish Wool Weavers Symposium and Workshops held at the Suquamish Museum in February 2016. For the onsite portion of the grant, the Bill Holm Center then hosted one group of wool weavers and one group of carvers for collections visits, in March and April 2016, respectively. The weavers studied contemporary and historical wool weavings, with some of the older pieces measuring 10 feet long. The carvers studied the wooden tools related to wool weaving such as looms, wool beaters and spindle whorls. All of the artists that visited plan to replicate a piece from the collection.
Jacobson's workshop grant focused on the weaving traditional Duwamish cattail mats. For the onsite portion of her grant in April 2016, Jacobson invited students from the North Kitshap School District to the Burke to study historical baskets and mats in the collections and then learn how to make cattail mats and cordage. Then in June, Jacobson held her offsite workshop in Kingston Middle School where the students at her previous onsite workshop helped teach the techniques they learned to younger students, contributed to the group cattail mat and learned how to make small cattail ducks.
Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT)
In May and June 2016 the Bill Holm Center funded the last two months of a multi-tribal, year-long dugout canoe project initialized by the UCUT. The BHC supported UCUT for their work with their Washington state member tribes, the Colville, Spokane, and Kalispel. The historic project let to the revitalization of shovelnose canoes in Plateau native communities and culminated with a canoe journey to Kettle Falls, an ancient fishing site on the Columbia River. Project leaders also visited the Burke as a part of their grant to see the canoes, model canoes, and canoe materials in the collections.
Na'ah Illahee Fund
The Na'ah Illahee Fund helped organize basketry workshops led by Cowlitz weaver Judy Bridges to teach classes on cedar bark weaving in April and August 2016. In August, workshop participants visited the Burke collections before their class to study the cedar bark basketry collections before their class to get inspiration for their weaving lesson the next day. Na'ah Illahee also held a cedar bark Salish hat class taught by Bridges in April with the help of the BHC workshop grant.
Dena Moses, Vera Best, Bernadine Phillips, and Gina Lawrence (L-R) studying the Colville and Spokane basketry and beadwork collections
Suquamish Museum wool weaving onsite workshop with participants Denita Santos, Danille Morisette, Joseph Holmes, and BHC Outreach Coordinator Justin McCarthy (L-R), Photo by Kathy Cadigan
DeAnn Jacobson's onsite cattail mat workshop at the Burke Museum
The completed shovelnose canoes at Kettle Falls, WA from the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) workshops
Na'ah Illahee Fund Onsite Collections-Based Workshop