UPAF Artists Among Us – Day 9 Milwaukee Children’s Choir

We are proud to announce Shelby Keefe is on Day 9 of 16. Today, the Milwaukee Children’s Choir is the center of Shelby’s ninth UPAF Artist Among Us piece. Shelby loved this photo because of the grade school children’s sweet expressions as they sing in their red choir robes, and it was because of their expressions she decided to paint this photo.

This is day nine of a sixteen-day project to be completed on March 16th. We invite you to observe and follow Shelby’s creative process at her studio or online. Please check back frequently to see Shelby’s progress.

Day 9 MCC by pfisterhotel

UPAF Artists Among Us – Day 8 Renaissance Theaterworks

We are proud to announce Shelby Keefe is on Day 8 of 16. Today, sovaldi Renaissance Theaterworks is the center of Shelby’s eighth UPAF Artist Among Us piece. Shelby was inspired by this woman run theater group that concentrates on performing plays written by women. She was invited backstage and took the photo that inspired this piece herself. The actress, medicine Marty, was performing in a one-woman show called “Neat,” which Shelby attended and loved. Instead of using the beige walls of the dressingroom as a background, Shelby also photographed the backdrop used for the play and photoshopped it into the photo so there was more color.

This is day eight of a sixteen-day project to be completed on March 16th. We invite you to observe and follow Shelby’s creative process at her studio or online. Please check back frequently to see Shelby’s progress.

sovaldi 0,40,0″> Day 8, RTW by pfisterhotel

UPAF Artists Among Us – Day 7 Milwaukee Public Theatre

We are proud to announce Shelby Keefe is on Day 7 of 16. Today, Milwaukee Public Theatre is the center of Shelby’s seventh UPAF Artist Among Us piece. Shelby was inspired by the way Milwaukee Public Theatre often invites public participation in their work. The picture she used to create her 7th piece depicts children and adults on a float for the All City People’s Parade. She was intrigued and also challenged by the unique octopus wrapped around the human subjects.

This is day seven of a sixteen-day project to be completed on March 16th. We invite you to observe and follow Shelby’s creative process at her studio or online. Please check back frequently to see Shelby’s progress.

Day 7, MPT by pfisterhotel

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.

This is day four of a sixteen-day project to be completed on March 16th. We invite you to observe and follow Shelby’s creative process at her studio or online. Please check back frequently to see Shelby’s progress.

Day 4, First Stage theater by pfisterhotel

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 her studio or online. Please check back frequently to see Shelby’s progress.

Day 3, MILW REP at My house in Bay View by pfisterhotel

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 her studio or online. Please check back frequently to see Shelby’s progress.

troche 0,40,0″> Day 2, sale bel canto chorus at Pfister Hotel by pfisterhotel

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 you to observe and follow Shelby’s creative process at her studio at The Pfister and online. Please check back frequently to see Shelby’s progress.

MYSO painting #1 at Pfister Hotel by pfisterhotel

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 shine in a visual arts platform and to highlight the diversity our arts groups have to offer our region.

The complete schedule of paintings are as follows:

March 1: Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

March 2: Bel Canto Chorus

March 3: Milwaukee Repertory Theater
March 4: First Stage

March 5:  Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

March 6: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

March 7: Milwaukee Public Theatre

March 8: Renaissance Theaterworks

March 9: Milwaukee Children’s Choir 

March 10: Skylight Music Theatre

March 11: Present Music

March 12: Danceworks, Inc.
March 13: Next Act Theatre

March 14: Milwaukee Ballet
March 15: Florentine Opera

March 16: United Performing Arts Fund

As always, you’re invited to watch Shelby work in her studio at The Pfister throughout the process.

All of the paintings will be on view at UPAF’s campaign kick-off on Wednesday, April 4, at the Harley-Davidson Museum and the 16 paintings will be auctioned in June at a UPAF fundraising event.

Please check back frequently to see Shelby’s progress. For more information about the project please visit our website.

UPAF talk by ShelbyK