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April 19, 2004

Contemporary Northwest Coast Art Benefit Auction for the Bill Holm Center

Sunday, May 23, 2004, 4-8pm
Burke Museum

Seattle X A benefit art auction of contemporary Northwest Coast art is planned for Sun., May 23, at the Burke Museum, in Seattle, Washington. This unique art auction features contemporary Northwest Coast art donated by more than 70 Northwest artists, including Hyacinth Joe David, David Boxley, Susan Point, Bill Holm, Nathan Jackson, Preston Singletary, Calvin Hunt, Dorothy Grant, Roger Fernandes, Andrea Wilbur-Sigo, Duane Pasco, and Steve Brown. Many of the donating artists will be attending the auction.

Proceeds from the auction will go toward support of the newly created Bill Holm Center for Northwest Coast Art. Funds support the research endowment and proceeds will be eligible for a National Endowment for the Humanities matching fund.

In 2003, the Burke Museum established the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art. Named in honor of the Burke's Curator Emeritus of Northwest Coast Indian Art. The Center's foremost goal, according to Holm's wishes, is to support continuing research and public education on Northwest Coast Native art. The Mission of the Bill Holm Center is to establish a globally accessible learning center at the Burke Museum to promote scholarly research on Northwest Coast Native art, increase Native and public access to research resources, and foster appreciation and understanding of Northwest Coast Native art.

This event will feature both silent and live auctions, with over 200 items, including many silkscreen prints, masks and other sculptures, basketry, weaving, drums, paintings, model canoes, paddles, rattles, books, jewelry, and more. The auction catalog will be viewable online, and both phone-in and mail-in bids will be possible.

Bill Holm, Professor Emeritus of Art History and Curator Emeritus of Northwest Coast Indian Art at the Burke Museum, is recognized as one of the worlds experts on Northwest Coast Native art history. As a result of Holm's work, the Burke Museum has become one of the premier research institutions in Northwest Coast art history in the world. The future work of the Bill Holm Center, funded by the proceeds of this auction, will carry on this legacy.

To purchase tickets to the event contact the Bill Holm Center at the Burke Museum: 206-543-5595 or email bholmctr@u.washington.edu. The Center's website is located within the Burke Museum website and may be found at http://www.burkemuseum.org/bhc/.

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