The Pfister Hotel Names Six Finalists for its 11th Artist in Residence
Finalists will showcase work during Gallery Night, January 18
MILWAUKEE, January 10, 2019 – The AAA Four-Diamond Pfister® Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced six finalists for its 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence program. Selected for their vision for the residency, existing body of work, artistic process and personality, this year’s finalists are:
- Ann Kathryn Kehoe – metalsmith and lapidary artist
- Ariana Vaeth – contemporary realist painter
- DakotaSky Bowen – muralist and subjective expressionist painter
- Heidi Parkes – fiber artist
- Rosy Petri – multidisciplinary artist with a focus on textiles, printmaking and audio
- Shannon Meier – fiber and textile artist
The finalists for The Pfister’s 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence program represent a wide background of artistic forms and experience and are all local Milwaukee artists. Over the next few weeks, the selection committee, made up of influential art enthusiasts from the Milwaukee arts community, will conduct an interview process to select the winner. In addition, the finalists will showcase their work during Milwaukee’s Gallery Night on January 18, 2019. From 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in The Pfister’s Rouge Ballroom, the public will have the chance to see each finalist’s artwork and to meet and interact with the artists. No tickets are required, and light refreshments will be served.
The selection committee will announce this year’s winner in late February 2019.
As the program enters its 11th year, the 2019-2020 Pfister Hotel Artist in Residence will be at the forefront of Milwaukee’s thriving art scene, showcasing her work in a studio gallery on the first floor of Milwaukee’s most iconic hotel. Through the year-long program, which will take place April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020, the selected winner will create and display work in the designated artist studio and gallery, as well as participate in events and programming throughout the hotel. Guests, as well as the general public, can visit the artist during her residency in The Pfister’s studio and watch the evolution of each piece come to life while learning about the Artist in Residence’s unique artform and method.
About The Pfister Hotel
At more than 125 years old, The Pfister Hotel is one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in the Midwest and downtown Milwaukee. Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The Marcus Corporation renovated and restored the hotel to its original glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest tower. The Pfister Hotel is home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world as well as an award-winning Artist in Residence program.
Today, The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style, and has been recognized by AAA as a Four-Diamond property for 41 consecutive years. In 2018, The Pfister was recognized as a Top Hotel in the Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious annual Reader’s Choice Awards for the second consecutive year and was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).
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