Congratulations! 2023 Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program Recipients

February 7, 2024

We would like to congratulate the 2023 Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program Recipients!

These recipients are visual artists who are going to further their art or community research practice through the research/study of BC and Yukon Indigenous art collections at a YVRAF museum partner. Travel grants are awarded to support the grant recipient’s travel from their home community to a specific YVRAF museum partner for an in-person collections visit.

Agnes Seaweed Wisden – ‘Na̱mg̱is – American Museum of Natural History, NYC

Reggie Harrold – Slavey, Shuswap – McCord Stewart Museum, Montreal

Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun – Snuneymuxw – Field Museum, Chicago

Kimberly Ronning – Shuswap – Burke Museum, Seattle

Northwest Coast Creatives Artist Collective (Veronica Waechter Danes – Gitxsan and Angelo Cavagnarro – Nisga’a) – Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK

Harrison Martin – Nisga’a, Tsimshian – Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau

Kwiis Hamilton – Hupač̓asatḥ/Stó꞉lō – Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau 


The Bill McLennan Masterpiece Study Program is named in honour and memory of long time YVRAF Board Member Bill McLennan (1948 – 2020). 

Bill spearheaded the development of YVRAF’s Masterpiece Study Program and he was instrumental in helping establish many of our partnerships with museums and cultural institutions. Bill was a distinguished curator at the Museum of Anthropology and was well-known for his kindness, sharing his extensive knowledge, and his support of First Nations artists throughout his career. 

Learn more about Bill and his work with the Museum of Anthropology here.



YVR Art Foundation gratefully acknowledges the donors, award delivery partners, and cultural organizations whose generous support makes this program possible.

Founding Sponsor: Vancouver International Airport
Official Travel Sponsor: Tourism Richmond


  • American Museum of Natural History in New York, USA
  • Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art at the Burke Museum in Seattle, USA
  • Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Québec
  • Ethnologisches Museum Berlin in Berlin, Germany
  • Field Museum in Chicago, USA
  • Clive & Janice Grout
  • Hauser & Wirth Institute in New York, USA
  • McCord Museum in Montréal, Québec
  • Museum of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC
  • Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC