Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel unveils its new artist-in-residence program | Region


As one of Milwaukee’s most esteemed hotels, Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel, owned and operated by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, cultivates curiosity and invigorates creativity through its intimate and immersive arts experiences. To add to its unique programming, the arts hotel recently named interdisciplinary artist Jeff Zimpel as its first artist-in-residence. Starting this month, Zimpel will welcome guests to the newly created studio inside Saint Kate where they can engage with her artistic process and see her art come to life.

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“Saint Kate showcases locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists who push the boundaries of their art form. Through their incredible and diverse contributions, we are creating unexpected opportunities for our visitors to discover and connect with artists in new ways,” said Linda Marcus, one of Saint Kate’s visionaries and an artist, designer and storyteller. nationally recognized multidisciplinary. “In choosing Jeff to serve as the first artist-in-residence at Saint Kate, we have found an artist who is bold in his practice, inviting those who experience his work to be part of his process and leave their mark along the way. .”

Saint Kate Artist-in-Residence Program

Drawing inspiration from Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ repertoire of award-winning artistic experiences, Saint Kate’s Artist-in-Residence program offers Midwestern artists working in any art form or medium an eight-month residency in the studio of the hotel. Chosen by Saint Kate’s creative team, the artist’s practice and residency is to embody Saint Kate’s commitment to invoking creativity and promoting community and collaboration, while creating common ground between the artist and his guests.

The studio will welcome guests to view the artist-in-residence’s art as it evolves over time. The Artist-in-Residence will also host events, talks, tours, and other opportunities for guests to interact directly with the artist.

During the residency, the Saint Kate Artist-in-Residence will create a heritage work that will become part of Saint Kate’s permanent art collection. The residency will end with a two-month exhibition showcasing the artist’s work at Saint Kate.

Jeff Zimpel begins his residency at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel

Originally from Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Jeff Zimpel is an interdisciplinary artist whose artistic practice intersects painting and photography using marking. He explores his art form by developing site-specific installations using a multitude of tools, mediums and surfaces to grind colored rocks into dust and paint vibrant marks using different techniques, ideas and collaborators. Zimpel encourages guests to be part of his process as they interact with his work, such as helping build the tools, planning the color for his next piece, and sharing ideas to inspire future work.

“I am honored to be named the first Artist-in-Residence at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel,” said Zimpel. “I have long admired Saint Kate’s mission to provide an artistic experience that sparks our imaginations while inviting everyone to explore the creative process. It fits perfectly with my job because I think every person is a brand maker, but we have so much to learn from the brands created by the world around us. I look forward to sharing my art with guests at Saint Kate and bringing attention to the ecology around us as visitors contribute to my process and evolve my art in ways I never would have. never imagined.

By extending its ongoing community project “An Ecology of Brands”, Zimpel will transform Saint Kate’s AIR space into an ecosystem of creative potential. Her residency will serve as a component of her larger project and will be titled “Studio Ecology” as guests explore her ecological approach to living and creating her art in Saint Kate’s studio.

“We are delighted to welcome Jeff to Saint Kate as our first-ever Artist-in-Residence,” said Brandon Drusch, General Manager of Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel. “The program is an extension of what Saint Kate is – a place to celebrate the arts like nowhere else. Jeff understands what it means to go beyond his medium and develop artwork that promotes discussion, ignite curiosity and allow our guests to dive deeper into each piece.His unique ability to connect our guests and visitors to his work as co-collaborators will create breathtaking pieces while providing more opportunities for our guests to immerse themselves in the arts.

Zimpel is currently an instructional designer for [email protected] in Milwaukee and has also taught high school and college art and design. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Art and Social Engagement from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Zimpel and his work have been featured in exhibitions and residencies throughout the greater Milwaukee area, including with [email protected], Cedarburg Cultural Center in Cedarburg, and Create Space MKE in Milwaukee.

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About Saint Kate – A one-of-a-kind artsy hotel

Recognized as one of Milwaukee’s most esteemed hotels with an elite awards repertoire, Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel is one of the first hotels in the country to widely celebrate the arts in their many forms – from music to dance, painting, sculpture, cinema and poetry. . Within walking distance of notable art attractions in Milwaukee’s Theater District, Third Ward, and Fiserv Forum, Saint Kate serves as a creative hub for the city offering intimate and immersive art experiences. Its blend of exceptional hospitality and unparalleled dedication to the arts serves as a platform for exploration, connection and expression. For more information or to book, please visit:

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 17 hotels, resorts and other properties in the United States. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes downtown meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is a licensed operator for all major accommodation brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates value for hotel owners through its expertise in product management, development and repositioning. This includes hotel dining concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, with leading brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time ® Pub & Grill and SafeHouse ® Restaurants. For more information, please visit: and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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PUBLISHED: 09/06/2022 10:45 a.m. / DISK: 09/06/2022 10:47 a.m.

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