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Vote for the next Artist in Residence!

It's your turn to help us decide! The Pfister Artist-in-Residence program features a working art studio and gallery that is open to hotel guests and the public, and encourages visitors to interact with the artist, while watching the evolution of each piece of work firsthand.

The chosen artist should not only present quality work, their proposal should indicate how they will incorporate the Pfister into the work created in the studio.

We encourage you to take the time to click on each finalist below to photo gallery and proposal before making your decision.

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Clare Jorgensen Artist Proposal 

The Pfister Hotel is more than a Hotel. It holds imagination built on history. The vast collection of art works is a great source of imagination and history combined. It holds dreams and experience of those who lived before and laid the groundwork for our experience now. My proposal is two-fold. My first offering is to create 15-20 paintings using the ancient medium of encaustic paint to offer a response to 15-20 pieces of art that exist in the Pfister Hotel Collection. Offering a contemporary response to a historic work of art using a medium that has existed from about the 5th Century BC will provide a framework for seeing the old and the new work in a new light. It opens up an avenue for discussions on subject, color and interpretation that may not happen otherwise. To cap off this experience I will endeavor to create a book with both works of art side by side and offer ideas and thoughts that will come from discussions by patrons and visitors to the studio. The second offering will involve creating about another 10-15 works that will be in response to contemporary happenings at the Hotel. To be able to capture some of the feelings, sight and sounds through visual manifestations will be enriching for me as an artist and for those who participate in their enjoyment of the Pfister Hotel experience. It would be my great pleasure to be able to share my talents, time and reflections on the experience of visitors to the great Pfister Hotel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Kate Schaffer Artist Proposal

This studio and library will house my collections, host events, and provide a workspace for me. Matching the Pfister’s motto, Salve Studio & Library will cultivate the utmost hospitality, allowing openness of discourse and sharing of experience. Studio I will integrate a work space into Salve Studio & Library. Here I will construct a series of paintings based on my guest’s book, music, and art collections. Collections I will install my book and media collections for guest use in the studio. On a wall or two, I will also install my art collection and curate small exhibitions by other artists. Salons “A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation” (Wikipedia). Salons would occur monthly and cover a range of topics including art critiques, poetry readings, sporting events, and book discussions. I will invite nationally and regionally known writers and artists, with whom I have a personal connection, to join these discussions. Working with both Pfister narrator and chefs will enhance these events. Marketing Plan I will use social media and blogging to advertise and entice the community to visit the Pfister and attend salons.

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Heidi Parkes Artist Proposal

I am most inspired by place, relationships, and memory; and the Pfister is rich in all three. I have such fond childhood memories of high tea in fine hotels, and I hope to work with their teas as natural dye in my quilts. At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I focused on Fiber and Material Studies, and learned to make art with everyday objects. I love the Pfister’s focus on ordinary days being extraordinary for their patrons, and making that sentiment visible with the extraordinary use of ordinary is one of my specialties. Since 1893, the Pfister has been caring for people, and providing them with comfort away from home. I mend (repair) clothing, for individuals, and also exhibit that clothing in museums. I help viewers see the beauty and symbolism in caring for one item over time, in contrast to treating objects as disposable. Balancing preservation with progress, and caring have become an art form at the Pfister. I look forward to sharing this story of comfort, caring, and attention to detail with my 6,400+ followers on Instagram, and with my quilting and mending students and patrons at the hotel, and across the country.

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Katheryn Corbin Artist Proposal

As a resident artist I propose a series of clay figures based on the Pfister Hotel’s second floor paintings. The period clothing and particularly hats reveals the hotel’s ‘magic’. Georges Jules Victor Clairin, The Dancer is of interest for the period hat. Women’s large outdoor hats worn on a Sunday Afternoon outing by the German artist Richard Loring is a must. The faces and scarves seen in Fortune Teller, by Ludig Volimer tell sotries on their own. My studio work often related to my painting. Life size figure, Kiki, in 2006 Primavera solo show, was mirrored in the painting behind it. Color, texture, line have influenced how I approach glaze and firing techniques. This interest has brought my work through salt firing, raku, porcelain, sawdust, majolica and using lactose paints.

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Stephanie Schultz Artist Proposal

As an homage to the Pfister's unrivaled Victorian Art collection, I will spend the year designing a sixteen-to-twenty piece fashion collection inspired by some of the subjects of these paintings. With permission, I will photograph, composite and print fabric from a few of these paintings to create wearable art. The year will culminate showing the full collection in a fashion show in the Imperial Ballroom–the finale garment as the Legacy piece. My interest in historical fashion heavily influences my work; taking these paintings and interpreting them into contemporary clothing will allow me to incorporate my strengths as a designer to create a collection made from the Pfister for the Pfister. In the studio, mannequins will be in the windows dressed with my work, as well as a garment rack with a selection of ready-made items for visitors to peruse, allowing them to conceptualize the work I will be making during my residency. A visiting area will be directly opposite the doorway to encourage passersby to sit, chat, and observe my working process. It will be an absolute delight to share my enthusiasm for what I do in a city I love to those visiting The Pfister Hotel.

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Alice Wilson Artist Proposal

The art of living statue performance has a long, illustrious history in Europe. It has been my passion, since performing as the Mona Lisa for Bastille Days in 2015, to bring that history to Milwaukee and now to the Pfister Hotel. I envision turning the Artist in Residence studio into a land of living statues inspired by the hotel’s history and perhaps even by people I meet at the hotel whether they be colorful employees, guests or even infamous ghostly inhabitants! Guests could catch me creating costumes and props for statue characters, applying makeup or perhaps performing in one of my creations during a Pfister Hotel event. I would be a unique artist to choose for the program. I would add a performance element not yet seen during the residency and tie into the larger Milwaukee community by performing the new statue characters I create at local festivals, garnering the program even more attention. I would have signage during performances explaining that I was the current artist-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel. My legacy piece would be a costume and living statue character created solely for the Pfister Hotel. I could even return from time to time to don the legacy costume and perform the character at the hotel!

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