13 Jan 2014

2014 Artist in Residence Finalist – Niki Johnson

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2014 Artist in Residence Finalist – Niki Johnson

Niki Johnson – Milwaukee, WI   Proposal:  If chosen as the Artist in Residence at the Pfister Hotel, I will create a series of six sculptural child-sized bathtubs decorated to illustrate fairytales written by Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm. Fairytales are the earliest narratives that join us culturally to one another. This body […]

13 Jan 2014

2014 Artist in Residence Finalist – Dena Nord

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2014 Artist in Residence Finalist – Dena Nord

Dena Nord – Milwaukee, WI   Proposal:  When Pfister employees describe the hotel’s famous art collection they mention favorites, its history, and save the best for last – the residency program. One employee described it as “It was a breath of new life. Since the program, the collection has really started to grow.” Taking that […]

13 Jan 2014

2014 Artist in Residence Finalist – Brandon Minga

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2014 Artist in Residence Finalist – Brandon Minga

Brandon Minga – Milwaukee, WI   Proposal:  Built in 1893, The Pfister Hotel has long been known as a historic beacon of Milwaukee and one of the trendiest places to stay and play. In the late 19th century, while the Pfister was becoming the premier spot for Midwest movers and shakers, the hottest trends in […]

30 Sep 2013

His shocking story sparks inspiration

His shocking story sparks inspiration

Ranachith “Ronnie” Yimsut is a genocide survivor, an orphan and a refugee. He is also a brother, husband, father, architect, author, teacher and social justice activist. But more than anything, Ronnie is an inspiration. I met Ronnie in the Cafe at the Pfister and I don’t think I have ever said fewer words during an […]

15 Jul 2013

“Project Runway” party planners rally for Timothy

When I saw Elyse Cizek, thumb Megan Zarnott and Alexis Rose sitting at the Lobby Lounge, I instantly knew they were up to something great. Not only were they dressed in fashionable and inspired attire, but there was a magnetic energy about them that I was immediately drawn to. I quickly learned they were at […]

12 Jun 2013

Our Story Arts

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Our Story Arts

As part of her residency, Stephanie Barenz, our 5th Artist-in-Residence has developed a mentoring program, “Our Story Arts” along with her husband, Zach.  Stephanie and Zach dreamed up the program shortly after Stephanie began her residency in April of this year as a way to encourage, enlighten and explore ways for children to explore self […]