Bill Holm Center

Photo: Burke Museum
Photo: Burke Museum

For the Study of Northwest Native Art

The Bill Holm Center is a globally accessible learning center for the study of Native arts of the Northwest at the Burke Museum. Through research grants, public outreach, online resources, and publications the Center:

  • Supports artists and communities connecting with their cultural heritage
  • Promotes research and publications on Northwest Native art
  • Facilitates access to cultural resources at the University of Washington
  • Fosters appreciation and understanding of Native arts and cultures of the Pacific Northwest

“Studying like this is an extension of our apprenticeship with our ancestors.”

Evelyn Vanderhoop (Haida)

Grant Opportunities

The Bill Holm Center offers research grants to Native artists and other researchers as well as University of Washington graduate students who are interested in Northwest Native Art.

Applications are reviewed by the Bill Holm Center advisory board and awarded once a year. 

Grant applications will be available beginning October 17, 2022.

Search the Collections

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Photo: Sven Haakanson/Burke Museum
Photo: Sven Haakanson/Burke Museum

The Bill Holm Center is part of the Heritage: Arts & Cultures Department at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. 

Arts & Cultures

Search or browse for Pacific Northwest Native art at the Burke through the Arts & Cultures Database. Photographs of most cultural objects and over 5,000 photos from our archive collections are accessible online.

Arts & Cultures Database

Archaeology

Archaeological artifacts and records are available by filtering for "Archaeology" in the Burke Museum Collections Database.

Archaeology Database

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BHC News & Updates

Stay informed about grant application openings, news and other periodic email updates from the Bill Holm Center.


Questions?

Bill Holm Center
206.543.5344
Contact us


 

an older gentleman stands in front of his carvings inspired by Northwest Native Art
Photo: Allyce Andrew
Photo: Allyce Andrew

About the Bill Holm Center

The Burke Museum established the Bill Holm Center in 2003. The Center honors Bill Holm’s remarkable career and continues his legacy of sharing the resources of the Burke Museum with people and communities across the globe.

About Bill Holm

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Support the Bill Holm Center

The work of the Bill Holm Center is made possible by the generous support of individuals and foundations passionate about fostering appreciation and understanding of Northwest Native art. 

Photo: Richard Brown Photography
Photo: Richard Brown Photography

Grant Opportunities

The Bill Holm Center offers research grants to Native artists and other researchers as well as University of Washington graduate students who are interested in Northwest Native Art. Applications are reviewed by the Bill Holm Center advisory board and awarded once a year.

Learn more & Apply

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Artist Studio

Opportunities to demonstrate your art practice and share with the public in the Burke Museum’s Artist Studio.

a man stands holding a Native mask in one hand

Visiting Researchers

Funds for artists/researchers to travel to the Burke Museum and study the Arts & Cultures collections.

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Workshops

Supports artists, communities, or arts organizations in hosting workshops onsite at the Burke Museum.