Local multidisciplinary artist Rosy Petri is the 11th Artist in Residence for the Milwaukee-based Pfister Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts. She will work in the hotel’s lobby-level Artist’s Studio for one year beginning on April 1. She will succeed fashion designer and current Artist in Residence Stephanie Schultz.
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 well-known for her series of quilt portraits of famous American musicians that pay homage to the country’s 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 Paradise Home Goods, where she sells heirloom quilts, hand-sewn accessories, dresses, skirts, candles and body butters. Petri was named a Milwaukee Artist Resource Network mentee in 2018 and recognized with an artist award at the 2018 Bronzeville Cultural and Arts Festival.
“During this residency, I will work to celebrate diverse backgrounds and examine the complex nature of human life and relationships,” says 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.”
Photo: Courtesy of The Pfister Hotel