The Pfister® Hotel Names Rosy Petri as Next Artist in Residence

11th Artist in Residence Succeeds Stephanie
Schultz; Schultz Culminating Residency with Finale Fashion Show, March 15

MILWAUKEE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The historic AAA
Four-Diamond Pfister® Hotel
, owned and managed by Marcus®
Hotels & Resorts
, today announced Rosy Petri as the hotel’s 11th
Artist in Residence. Petri, a Milwaukee-based multidisciplinary artist,
will work in the hotel’s lobby-level Artist’s Studio for one year
beginning April 1, 2019. She is succeeding current Pfister Artist in
Residence and fashion designer, Stephanie Schultz, who will culminate
her residency with a couture fashion show on March 15 at The Pfister
Hotel.


“I am honored to be chosen as The Pfister’s next Artist in Residence. As
a woman of color, I find creating art is one of the few areas in life
where I can freely name, embrace, and honor my own identity. During this
residency, I will work to celebrate diverse backgrounds and examine the
complex nature of human life and relationships,” said Petri. “I will be
transforming my studio into a collaborative and interactive experience
and inviting other creators to work with me to explore the ‘myths of
creation’ surrounding art and artists. As the 11th Artist in
Residence, following in the footsteps of a decade’s worth of incredible
artists, I cannot wait to share my unique perspective and, hopefully,
help demystify the process of creating art and culture with the hotel’s
many guests and visitors.”

Through her various mediums, including fabric portraiture, quilt-making,
photography and mixed media, Petri showcases her passion for social
justice, art and storytelling. She is most well-known for her series of
quilt portraits of famous American musicians that pay homage to the
country’s diverse history of music. Petri currently exhibits her work at
the David Barnett Gallery and 5 Points Art Gallery and Studios in
Milwaukee. She is also the owner of Milwaukee-based Paradise Home Goods,
where she sells heirloom quilts, handsewn accessories, dresses and
skirts, as well as candles and body butters. Petri has been recognized
locally for her work, including being named a Milwaukee Artist Resource
Network (MARN) mentee in 2018 and recognized with an artist award at the
2018 Bronzeville Cultural and Arts Festival.

During her residency, Petri plans to create a salon and studio space
that will highlight guests and other creators through portraiture and
podcasts. Using her diverse talents, she will develop a collection of
photograph and fabric portraits, as well as audio interviews to share
individuals’ perspectives on the theme of “myths of creation.” More
information about Petri’s work can be found at https://www.thisisparadisehome.com/.

“For more than a decade, The Pfister Hotel’s Artist-in-Residence program
has helped transform guests and visitors’ experiences at the hotel, as
well as supported Milwaukee’s vibrant arts community. We are proud to
continue showcasing our city’s talented painters, photographers,
designers and others who are among the best in the region,” said Tim
Smith, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “Rosy’s focus on the
creative process and her diverse talent across numerous disciplines will
create a new voice for the program, and we are all excited to see her in
action.”

Stephanie Schultz Finale Fashion Show, March 15

To celebrate the conclusion of her year-long residency as the 10th
Artist in Residence at The Pfister Hotel, local fashion designer,
Stephanie Schultz will host a finale fashion show on March 15, 2019 in
the hotel’s Imperial Ballroom. Schultz spent the last year working on a
collection of high-fashion and couture wear inspired by the hotel’s
Victorian Art collection. This collection will be featured during the
evening’s show, which starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at
6:45 p.m. Guests can also participate in a “Best Dressed” contest and
enjoy a post-show reception. General admission tickets are free (VIP
front row seats are already sold out). For more information about the
show, please visit the Facebook
event
.

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Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence Program

Entering its 11th year, The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence
program
features a working art studio and gallery that is open to
hotel guests and visitors. The program encourages the public to interact
with the artist and witness the evolution of each piece first-hand.

Over the years, The Pfister has received national attention for its
Artist-in-Residence program. Since 2009, the hotel has been a member of
the Alliance
of Artist Communities
, www.artistcommunities.org,
an international association of artists’ communities and residencies
featuring a diverse field of more than 1,000 programs worldwide.
Additionally, The Pfister’s program has inspired similar residencies at
two other Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties: The Skirvin Hilton Hotel
in Oklahoma City and the Lincoln Marriot Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln,
Neb.

The program’s most recent artist is Stephanie Schultz (2018-2019), https://www.silversark.com/.
Past artists include Margaret Muza (2017-2018), www.margaretmuza.com;
Pamela Anderson (2016-2017), www.pamelaandersonstudio.com;
Todd Mrozinski (2015-2016), toddmrozinski.com;
Niki Johnson (2014-2015), www.nikijohnson.com;
Stephanie Barenz (2013-2014), stephaniebarenz.com;
Timothy Westbrook (2012-2013), www.unicorns.carbonmade.com;
Shelby Keefe (2011-2012), www.studioshelby.com;
Katie Musolff (2010-2011), www.katiemusolff.com;
and Reginald Baylor (2009-2010), www.reginaldbaylor.com.

About The Pfister Hotel

At more than 125 years old, The Pfister Hotel is one of the oldest and
most prestigious hotels in the Midwest and downtown Milwaukee.
Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most
lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded
following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The
Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The
Marcus Corporation renovated and restored the hotel to its original
glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest
tower. The Pfister Hotel is home to the largest collection of Victorian
art of any hotel in the world as well as an award-winning
Artist-in-Residence program.

Today, The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and
impeccable style and has been recognized by AAA as a Four-Diamond
property for 42 consecutive years. In 2018, The Pfister was recognized
as a Top Hotel in the Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s
prestigious annual Reader’s Choice Awards for the second consecutive
year and was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News &
World Report
in 2019. This exceptional property is a member of two
prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and
Preferred Hotels & Resorts. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E.
Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com
and follow the hotel on Facebook
and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

Contacts

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