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Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired

Nov. 22, 2014 – July 27, 2015

Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired features work by artists whose practice has been inspired by the objects in the Burke’s collections, demonstrating how today’s artists and art historians learn from past generations. The exhibit will include contemporary works in a variety of media alongside the historic pieces that artists identify as key to their learning.

Here & Now celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Bill Holm Center and explores the dynamic relationship between the Burke Museum and Northwest Native art, artists, and scholars. 

“We can be changed by energy and the beauty of things. When we learn more about who we are, we become more vibrant and alive.”
—Drew Michael, Yup’ik/Inpiaq artist, Bill Holm Center visiting researcher


About the Bill Holm Center

Bill Holm is Professor Emeritus of Art History, and Curator Emeritus of Northwest Coast Indian Art at the Burke Museum. He was a curator at the Burke Museum from 1968-1985. The Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art was founded in 2003 to continue the legacy of Bill Holm, who established the Burke Museum as one of the premier centers for the study of Native arts of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Bill Holm Center Mission:

Director: Dr. Robin K. Wright, Ph.D.
Assistant Director: Dr. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Ph.D.

Header image: Sonny Assu, #PotlatchShadesOfGrey, 2013.

Presenting Exhibit Sponsors:

Lead Exhibit Sponsors:

Peach Foundation

Exhibit Sponsors:

Marrella Fund

Supporting Exhibit Sponsors:

Port Madison Enterprises Suquamish Tribe

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