The Pfister Artist in Residence
The Pfister Hotel’s selection committee has chosen abstract expressionist painter Pamela Anderson as its eighth resident artist. She will begin working in the downtown Milwaukee hotel’s lobby-level Artist’s Studio beginning April 2016, succeeding current Pfister artist Todd Mrozinski, and will work in the studio for one year.
“I am thrilled and honored to have the Pfister as my platform for the coming year and to be the first abstract painter for the artist-in-residence program,” said Anderson. “I look forward to engaging in dialog with visitors to my studio about the history of abstract work and discussing what they experience observing my artwork. Environment informs my process and the atmosphere and architecture of the elegant hotel will impact my work taking it in new and exciting directions.”
As the new Pfister Artist in Residence, Anderson, who studied at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, plans to create two series of works: “Gilded,” 8-10 pieces based on the gilded structures, furniture and Victorian pieces located in The Pfister Hotel, and “Architecture,” 8-10 pieces based on the structures of building. Her process utilizes large mops, tools and huge brushes to puddle, drip and scrape the surfaces of her work.
“We have been huge fans of Pamela’s work for many years,” said Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. “We look forward to seeing how our hotel influences her pieces over the next year and how her artistry will impact our many guests, both locally and internationally.”