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The Bill Holm Center 10th Anniversary Exhibit

Nov. 22, 2014 – July 27, 2015

“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

 

The Bill Holm Center 10th Anniversary Exhibit will explore the dynamic relationship between the Burke Museum and Northwest Native art, artists, and scholars. The exhibit celebrates the artwork and scholarship inspired by ten years of supporting visiting artists and researchers through Bill Holm Center. The Center 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.

Featuring work by contemporary artists whose practice has been inspired by the objects in the Burke’s collections, the exhibit will demonstrate how today’s artists and art historians learn from past generations. Contemporary works in a variety of media will be shown alongside the historic pieces from the Burke collection that artists identify as key to their learning.

Learn about the vitality of Native art in the Pacific Northwest, practices of Indigenous heritage, and how art connects generations.

 

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.

Bill and Marty Holm
Sonny Assu studied the Kwakwaka'wakw collection at the Burke Museum in July 2012. Assu is Ligwilda'xw of the We Wai Kai First Nation (Cape Mudge).
Lou-ann Neel, Kwagiulth, studying the artwork of her grandmother Ellen Neel.

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