The Pfister Hotel®
The Pfister has long prided itself as being a world-class destination for travelers and a quintessential Milwaukee landmark. Woven throughout the cultural fiber of our hotel is a long-standing passion for the arts. Along with our expansive Victorian art collection – the largest of its kind of any hotel in the world – The Pfister Hotel is proud to continue our immensely successful and popular Artist-in-Residence program.
Our Pfister Artist-in-Residence program has been recognized, locally, nationally, and internationally. The residency, which runs annually, is an opportunity for an artist to connect to a community of guests, from Milwaukee and beyond, in their studio located on the first floor of Milwaukee's oldest and most prestigious hotel.
The program features a working studio and art gallery that is open to hotel guests and the public. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the artist while watching the evolution of each piece of work firsthand. The Artist-in-Residence Program serves as an extension of the hotel and works hand-in-hand with hotel staff to both promote the program and provide a distinctly unique experience for guests and visitors of the hotel.
The hotel’s current and past artists have been gaining attention, as well. Timothy Westbrook (2012-2013) appeared on the twelfth season of the popular Lifetime Television show “Project Runway,” while Shelby Keefe (2011-2012) had her work featured on the cover of the September 2013 issue of PleinAir Magazine.
Milwaukee artists are expected to spend a minimum of 30 hours a week on-site and will participate in the four gallery nights and days during their residency, along with a number of other events that occur.