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The Pfister

Apply Online to be the Next Pfister Artist in Residence

Pfister Artist in Residence program has been recognized, locally, nationally, and internationally.

The residency, which runs from April 1st – March 31st is an opportunity for an artist to be at the forefront of Milwaukee in an artist studio/gallery on the 1st floor of Milwaukee’s oldest and most prestigious hotel.

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Provide documentation of lecturing or art history background (if available).


Please provide a link to two written professional references from the regional art community supporting your application.

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Recent Work

Submit 10 examples of your work. Items should be sized appropriately so that they can be easily printed on an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper for the panel's review. Number one should be your favorite piece that would be used most often if you are selected as a finalist

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Additional Information

I understand finalists will be selected and notified in early January. They must be ready to install and display their work later that month at the Finalist Showcase/Reception.

Important Considerations

Deadline for applications is Monday, December 5, 2022, at 11:59pm.
Questions or concerns:
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For All Finalists

  • Applicants will receive an e-mail on Finalist/Non-finalist status, including information on upcoming important dates.
  • For the Finalist Exhibit, 3D art of any kind is not allowed.
  • Installation will take place from 12-5pm on scheduled showcase date (usually a Friday, mid-January). Artists must plan to install work themselves and provide cards for their pieces. Presence is required at the Finalist Showcase/Reception that same evening from 5-9pm.
  • Presence is mandatory at an in-person weekday interview with the Artist in Residence Committee in mid-February (usually prior to Valentine’s Day).

For the Selected Artist in Residence

  • The selected Artist in Residence is required to spend a minimum of 30 hours a week in studio, or on-site at The Pfister Hotel over a minimum of four (4) days per week.
  • The selected artist will be expected to work closely and collaborate with hotel’s executive management and marketing teams to plan events throughout the year.
  • The selected artist will be required to develop programming around community Gallery Night events that fall during their residency and should consider what that programming will entail. Past artists have hosted storytelling events, live painting sessions and fashion shows.
  • The selected artist will create and gift a Legacy Piece to The Pfister Hotel. Although you are not expected to have a concept in mind during the application process, it is important to start considering your legacy as Artist in Residence. The Legacy Piece will be displayed in the hotel.
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