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Artists-in-Residence

Artist in Residence

In the years since its inception in 2009, The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence program has been critically lauded as not only a pioneering Wisconsin Artist-in-Residence program, but as an example of a hotel taking their dedication to the local community above and beyond traditional expectations. With a deep appreciation and connection to the arts, launching an Artist-in-Residence program was a natural step for The Pfister Hotel ®, and in the years since, each artist that has held the residency has helped to grow and evolve the program to its current incarnation today.

  • Stephanie Barenz

    5th Artist-in-Residence
    Stephanie Barenz
    2013

     

    Stephanie Barenz is a painter, printmaker, and architecture lover from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her work is created with the hope that it would stimulate a conversation about the sanctity of knowing one's neighbor, the importance of locality and the elevation of the commonplace to the remarkable.

    “The Pfister is the perfect stage for my work, which deals with how travel affects one’s relationship to place,” said Barenz. “The hotel carries thousands of stories from over a hundred years. The Victorian art collection, the antiques, and spaces have served as silent witnesses to all of it.”

    “Over the course of the year, I plan to create a body of work that will include 20 to 30 paintings. Images of these paintings will be turned into a book and I plan to collaborate with the Pfister Narrator, the hotel’s writer in residence, to write text for the images. I am so looking forward to moving into the studio, starting my project, and getting to know more of the Milwaukee community through my platform at The Pfister.”

    Barenz primarily paints and draws on wood panels using a range of media, including acrylics, sumi ink, and pencil. A Milwaukee-area resident for the past two years, she currently works as a full-time artist at Plaid Tuba, the studio of The Pfister’s first Artist in Residence, Reginald Baylor. With extensive experience teaching and studying art, Barenz has taught in Southeast China, studied in Florence, Italy, and completed a one-year residency at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., with a Master of Fine Arts degree.

    Barenz was one of six finalists included in the public voting period. In addition to the public vote via Facebook, Twitter, and in-person ballots, a selection committee, consisting of leaders in the local art community, made the final decision in choosing the next artist in residence.

  • Timothy Westbrook

    4th Artist-in-Residence
    Timothy Westbrook
    2012

     

    The Pfister’s selection committee has chosen Timothy Westbrook, an emerging fiber artist from New York, as its fourth artist in residence. He will move to Milwaukee for this opportunity and will work in The Pfister’s studio space beginning in April 2012 and remain at the hotel for one year.

    “Drawn to The Pfister by the artistic and historical reputation of Milwaukee, I am honored by the invitation to spend a year developing my artistic voice in this unique setting,” says Westbrook. “While at The Pfister, I plan to weave cloth out of various organic and repurposed manmade materials, including items like cassette tapes, sculpting them into costumes and fashion while pulling from the inspiration of the hotel and the Victorian Decorative Arts period. I am excited to watch my weaving and costumes evolve under the inspiration of the artistic energy in Milwaukee and in the hotel.”

    A recent graduate from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, Westbrook is a fiber artist who focuses on costume, performance and installation art. He uses fairytale themes as an environmentalist analogy. He implements his sustainable studio practices by using re-purposed materials for his work along with low-impact equipment; his favorite is a non-electric treadle sewing machine.

    “We’re thrilled to welcome our first out-of-state artist to the program,” says Joe Kurth, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “The program has been gaining national attention in the last couple of years and we’re proud it has attracted talent like Timothy’s. Selected through the juried panel process based on his impressive skill, engaging personality and unique point of view, we’re eager to introduce him and his work to our guests.”

    Westbrook was one of six finalists included in the public voting period, which ended last week. In addition to the public vote via Facebook, Twitter, and in-person ballots, a selection committee, consisting of leaders in the local art community, made the final decision in choosing the next artist in residence.

  • Shelby Keefe

    3rd Artist-in-Residence
    Shelby Keefe
    2011

     

    Shelby Keefe is a contemporary impressionistic painter, teacher and performance artist. Born in Whitewater, WI in 1958, she graduated in 1981 from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. After retiring from a career in graphic design in 2005, she operates her own art studio and exhibition space in Bay View, on the south side of Milwaukee.

    Her award-winning urban landscape paintings have earned her participation in prestigious nation juried shows, plein air painting competitions, and arts festivals as well as gamering commission work for a variety or corporate clients and private collectors. Her oil paintings are found in collections such as The Bradley Foundation, Acuity, Northwestern Mutual, Ozaukee Country Club, WE Energies, University School of Milwaukee; and other businesses around Milwaukee, and private collections in Wisconsin and around the country.

  • Katie Musolff

    2nd Artist-in-Residence
    Katie Musolff
    2010

     

    Katie uses painting as her way of documenting small pockets of the population around her. She attempts to insert herself into places where artists aren't usually found in order to discover interesting people to paint, as well as to expose the surrounding community to the act of art making. "I've painted at the Wilson Commons in South Milwaukee and the St. Ann Center in St. Francis. I'd show up every week and paint a single person for everyone to watch, observe and interact with. My goal is to blur the lines between 'us' and 'them' by taking regular people and elevating them to a subject worthy of being painted, shown in a gallery or museum, seen by 'art educated people' and mixing them together until you can't tell who is who."

  • Reginald Baylor

    First Artist-in-Residence
    Reginald Baylor
    2009

     

    Local artist Reginald Baylor, who works with acrylic on canvas, was named the hotel’s first Resident Artist. In this capacity, he spent a significant amount of his workweek and weekends in the hotel studio working on large-scale, linear paintings, which he sells throughout the country for tens of thousands of dollars.

     

    Reginald Baylor was born November 1966 in Milwaukee, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh majoring in fine art and art education with an emphasis in sculpture. After college, Reginald relocated to Southern California where he was married to his wife, Jill, and worked for the Laguna Beach Art Museum and Newport Beach Art Museum.

     

    In 1995, Reginald and his wife and two sons moved to Chicago, IL. There he began a career as an owner-operator for Mason Dixon Trucking while continuing to produce original artwork. He returned to the Milwaukee area with his family in 1998 and owns a studio in downtown Milwaukee in the Third Ward – Marshall Building. He is represented by Suzanne Zada of Beverly Hills, CA, and Racquel Chevremont of New York, NY.

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