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The Pfister Hotelâ€™s Artist-in-Residence and Hotel Narrator (writer-in-residence, of which I was one) programs have been celebrated since their inception almost nine years ago. Both programs provide a paid, one-year position to a carefully selected visual artist and a writer to artistically represent the hotel.
The artist works from inside an open studio on the ground floor of the hotel and guests are encouraged to watch the artist work and engage with him or her. The narrator wanders the public spaces â€“ including the Lobby Lounge and The Pfister Cafe â€“ talking with and listening to guests to find content for The Pfisterâ€™s blog. Both the artist and the writer work on a variety of other creative projects during their tenure.
Currently, The Pfister is in search of its next Artist in Residence to move into the studio April 1, 2017. The deadline for applications is Dec. 5. Interested artists can download the application here. Abstract expressionist painter Pamela Anderson is the current Artist in Residence.
The Pfister Narrator will be chosen in early spring 2017, but OnMilwaukee recently checked in with current narrator, Dominic Inouye, who started the position on May 1, 2016. Inouye was also profiled today about his ZIPMKE project. He chats here about his life as a hotel writer: what he's learned, what he's doing and where he's going with the opportunity.
OnMilwaukee: What have you learned so far as The Pfister Narrator?
Dominic Inouye: This experience has been a lesson in many things. Iâ€™ve learned that sometimes Iâ€™m really shy. I guess Iâ€™ve always been. This job is about approaching guests and talking to them, and Iâ€™ve realized Iâ€™ve been mo…Read more...