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UPAF Artists Among Us – Day 5 Milwaukee Chamber Theater

We are proud to announce Shelby Keefe is on Day 5 of 16. Today, doctor Milwaukee Chamber Theater is the center of Shelby’s fifth UPAF Artist Among Us piece. Shelby derives inspiration from a photo of two highly accomplished, viagra founding actors of the Milwaukee Chamber Theater. Milwaukee Chamber Theater prides itself on acting out works of literary genius and […]

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UPAF Artists Among Us – Day 4 First Stage

We are proud to announce Shelby Keefe is on Day 4 of 16. Today, First Stage is the center of Shelby’s fourth UPAF Artist Among Us piece. First Stage brings young actors the opportunity to express themselves on the stage, and these young actors were expressing so much joy Keefe decided to make them her subjects today. […]

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UPAF Artists Among Us – Day 3 Milwaukee Repertory Theater

The  Milwaukee Repertory Theater inspires Shelby’s third UPAF Artist Among Us piece. Actors from The Rep’s To Kill a Mockingbird intrigued Keefe and are the subjects of her third installment in the series. This is day three of a sixteen-day project to be completed on March 16th. We invite you to observe and follow Shelby’s creative process at […]

UPAF ARTISTS AMONG US – Bel Canto Chorus

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UPAF ARTISTS AMONG US – Bel Canto Chorus


The Bel Canto Chorus inspires Shelby’s second UPAF Artist Among Us piece. Her subjects are the Bel Canto singers during their performance from the “United We Stand” concert in Cathedral Square Park. This is day two of a sixteen-day project to be completed on March 16th. We invite you to observe and follow Shelby’s creative process at […]

UPAF ARTISTS AMONG US – MYSO
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UPAF ARTISTS AMONG US – MYSO

Shelby’s first UPAF Artist Among Us piece is inspired by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. The subject is a young African American boy, holding his violin in anticipation of his performance. She found inspiration in the beauty of the lighting of the photo. Shelby intends to complete each painting in one day through March 16th. We invite […]

Shelby Keefe’s UPAF Artist Amoung Us Project
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Shelby Keefe’s UPAF Artist Amoung Us Project

Our current Artist In Residence, Shelby Keefe, is about to embark on another special project staring March 1st. Shelby will create a special 12” x 12″ painting for UPAF and each of its member groups. These 16 paintings will happen over the course of the 16 days. This collaboration represents a unique opportunity for the performing arts to […]

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The Weekend of Promise Rings

Saturday afternoon I was hanging out in Shelby’s studio watching her work on a painting of the Milwaukee Art Museum. She was searching to find her way through the piece. A stroke here, a stroke there. Step back, consider. Wipe with a moist towel, then determine another stroke. Having this rare intersection between a writer […]

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Shelby Keefe reflects on her time as the Pfister Hotel’s resident artist

Shelby Keefe has been the Pfister’s resident artist since April 2011. As all great things eventually come to an end, her studio torch will be passed to Timothy Westbrook in April 2012. Shelby and I had been trying to get together and talk for a few weeks and it turned out to be a good […]

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The Pfister Hotel Names New York Fiber Artist Next Artist in Residence

MILWAUKEE – Feb. 21, 2012 – Historic tradition meets today’s talent with The Pfister Hotel’s Artist-in-Residence program. Home to more Victorian Art than any other hotel in the world, the historic hotel, which is owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, has hosted a popular artist residency program for the past three years. The […]

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The Pfister Hotel seeks next “Narrator in Residence”

The historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, which is owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, is in search of its next writer in residence, known as the Pfister Narrator. The chosen candidate will spend time in the hotel’s lobby, speaking with visitors and guests and sharing their stories through a blog on the […]