Margaret Muza, artist-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel

Margaret Muza Named Next Pfister Artist-in-Residence

A Milwaukee-based tintype artist will spend the year in the hotel’s artist studio.

The Pfister hotel announces Margaret Muza as the ninth artist for its 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence program. Beginning April 1, 2017, Muza will occupy the hotel’s lobby-level Artist’s Studio for a year-long period. 

Muza is a Milwaukee-based tintype photographer, a skill commonly used by photographers beginning in the 1860s.

“I am thrilled to be chosen as The Pfister Hotel’s ninth Artist in Residence,” Muza said. “I am eager to begin interacting with hotel guests and teaching them the inner workings of tintype photography.”

It was her love for history that piqued Muza’s interest in tintypes, and she fell in love with the medium through tintype portraits of prominent people, such as Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. Tintype photography, a process that takes just fifteen minutes to complete, is made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photograph emulsion.

Hello Death Band by Margaret Muza
Image courtesy of Margaret Muza

Tim Smith, general manager of the Pfister Hotel, looks forward to the opportunity to welcome Muza and her artistic skills to the “Pfister family.”

“Her tintype photography will document the daily activity and unique moments in time that will serve as memories for years to come,” Smith said.

Muza won the final vote for the Artist-in-Residence position from a selection committee consisting of leaders in the local Milwaukee art community, as well as the public vote. Winning both the committee and public vote has only been accomplished by one other Artist-in-Residence during its nine years of existence. During the four-week public voting period, Muza was up against six other finalists.

Throughout her year-long residency at the Pfister, Muza plans to use images she captures to create a Legacy Piece for the hotel.

“I look forward to capturing the many faces of guests and associates and telling their story through my work,” says Muza.

Muza will succeed current abstract expressionist painter, Pamela Anderson in the Artist-in-Residence program.