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January 02, 2003

Bill Holm Lecture: The Exploration of Northwest

Coast Indian Art - 1774 to 2003
Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Kane Hall, Room #130, UW campus
7:30 pm, FREE to the public

Seattle -- The Burke Museum's lecture series, Contemporary Issues in Northwest Coast Native American Art begins January 14, 2003. Bill Holm, renowned University of Washington Professor Emeritus of Art History, and Burke Curator Emeritus of Northwest Coast Indian Art, will present the first lecture in the series, The Exploration of Northwest Coast Indian Art- 1774 to 2003. Selected also to be the 27th Annual Faculty Lecture, Holm will trace the outsiders' perception of Northwest Coast Indian art from the arrival of the first Europeans through the present day.

When he was only 12 years old, Bill Holm visited what is now the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, where he discovered the magical world of Northwest Coast art. He became a frequent visitor to the Burke, where he befriended museum staff and hung around the ethnology collections. After earning a master of fine arts degree from the University of Washington, Bill began teaching at Lincoln High School, where he headed the art department. His first book, Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form, was based upon his ground-breaking research in the two-dimensional art of the northern Northwest Coast.

Bill Holm was curator of Northwest Coast Indian Art at the Burke Museum, and professor in art history and anthropology at the University of Washington from 1968 to 1985. Among his myriad achievements, Holm assembled an awe-inspiring archive of photographs of Northwest Coast art objects culled from more than 100 museums, in 17 countries, which is widely resourced today.

Bill Holm has curated exhibitions at the Burke Museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Henry Art Gallery, the Seattle Art Musuem, and the Pacific Science Center. He served on the planning committees for the Northwest Coast volume of the Smithsonian's Handbook of the North American Indian and the exhibit Crossroads of Continents, a joint project of the Smithsonian Institution and the Soviet Academy of Sciences. He has served on the editorial board of the American Indian Art Magazine since its inception in 1975, and as consultant to many museums across North America and Europe. Professor Holm has published eight books and numerous articles.

The recipient of four Washington State Governor's Writers Awards, a Governor's Writers Day Special Award, and a Governor's Art Award, Bill Holm was also awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Sealaska Heritage Institute on behalf of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people of Alaska in 2002. He was given the Native American Art Studies Association Honor Award in 1991, and the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Achievement Award in 1994.

In the fall of 2002, an endowment campaign to create the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art at the Burke Museum was launched. It is designed to continue in perpetuity Bill Holm's remarkable accomplishments at the University of Washington and the Burke Museum since 1968.

Join us Tuesday, January 14, at 7:30 pm in Kane Hall Room #130, on the University of Washington campus, for a very special evening with Bill Holm. Admission is FREE to the public. For more information, please call 206-543-5590.

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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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