Six Finalists Named for The Pfister Hotel’s 12th Artist in Residence

Finalists will showcase work during Milwaukee’s Gallery Night, January 17

The Pfister hotel

The AAA Four Diamond Pfister® Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today named six finalists in the running for its 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence program. Selected for their vision for the residency, existing body of work, artistic process and personality, this year’s finalists are:

Anke Wonder – artistic sustainable fashion designer
Ariana Hugget – representational painter, colorist, realist
David Najib Kasir – contemporary painter
Mariah Kate Klemens – sentimental conceptualist
Nykoli Koslow – conceptual abstraction artist
Paloma Wilder – goldsmith and jewelry designer

All Milwaukee natives, The Pfister’s 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence finalists represent a wide array of artistic forms and experience. Locals and visitors alike will have a chance to meet each artist in person at Milwaukee’s next Gallery Night on January 17, 2020. From 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in The Pfister’s Rouge Ballroom, guests will be able to see the finalists’ artwork and interact with them. No tickets are required, and light refreshments will be served.

In addition to Gallery Night, a selection committee, made up of influential artists and art enthusiasts from the Milwaukee community, will conduct an interview process over the coming weeks to select the winner. The formal announcement of the next Artist in Residence is expected in late February 2020.

As the program enters its 12th and largest year yet, the 2020-2021 Pfister Hotel Artist in Residence will continue to be at the forefront of Milwaukee’s thriving art scene, showcasing his or her work in a studio gallery on the first floor of Milwaukee’s most iconic hotel. During the year-long residency, which will take place April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, 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 in town for one of the many highly anticipated events taking place in 2020, as well as the general public can visit the artist during his or her residency and watch the evolution of each piece, while learning about the Artist in Residence’s unique artform and method, offering the new resident the opportunity of a lifetime.

For more information on The Pfister Hotel’s Artist-in-Residence program, visit https://www.thepfisterhotel.com/artist-in-residence.

About The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence Program
Now entering its 12th year, The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence program features a working art studio and gallery that is open to hotel guests and visitors. The program encourages the public to interact with the artist and witness the evolution of each piece firsthand. Over the years, The Pfister has received national attention for its Artist-in-Residence program. Since 2009, the hotel has been a member of the Alliance of Artist Communities, http://www.artistcommunities.org, an international association of artists’ communities and residencies featuring a diverse field of more than 1,000 programs worldwide.

The program’s current artist is Rosy Petri (2019-2020), www.thisisparadisehome.com/. Past artists include Stephanie Schultz (2018-2019), www.silversark.com; Margaret Muza (2017-2018), www.margaretmuza.com; Pamela Anderson (2016-2017), www.pamelaandersonstudio.com; Todd Mrozinski (2015-2016), www.toddmrozinski.com; Niki Johnson (2014-2015), www.nikijohnson.com; Stephanie Barenz (2013-2014), stephaniebarenz.com; Timothy Westbrook (2012-2013), https://unicorns.carbonmade.com; Shelby Keefe (2011-2012), http://www.studioshelby.com; Katie Musolff (2010-2011), http://www.katiemusolff.com; and Reginald Baylor (2009-2010), http://www.reginaldbaylor.com.

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 44 consecutive years. In 2019, The Pfister was recognized as a Top Hotel in the Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious annual Reader’s Choice Awards for the third consecutive year and was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report. 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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