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Marcus Hotels & Resorts Expands Artist-in-Residence Program
In 2009 Marcus Hotels and Resorts launched its Artist-in Residence program at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee to support the work of talented local artists and to make the hotel a destination for art-loving guests. Due to a positve response from guests, Marcus Hotels has decided to expand the program to other properties including Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo. and the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The programs at The Pfister and Skirvin Hilton feature a working art studio and gallery open to hotel guests and visitors. At the Hotel Phillips, the featured artist roams the hotel with sketch pad in hand to capture events and daily activities to share with visitors and residents alike. Guests can interact with the selected artists at each property and witness the evolution of their pieces firsthand. Each year, a new artist is selected from a variety of applicants. The selected artist works in the hotel for a full year creating artwork for guests to enjoy and purchase.
(Timothy Westbrook, artist in residence at The Pfister Hotel)
"We are very proud that our Artist-in-Residence program has become well-known both locally and nationally,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation. “Our guests have the opportunity to interact with the artists and learn about different art styles, techniques and philosophies. Our artists in residence have the opportunity to showcase their talents and further develop their careers. The program is a win-win for everyone involved.”
Previous artists at The Pfister include Reginald Baylor, Shelby Keefe, Katie Musolff and, most recently, Timothy Westbrook. Trey Bryan was the first artist to be selected as part of the program at the Hotel Phillips in June and Romy Owens was recently selected as the first artist in residence at the Skirvin Hilton hotel.