The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel announces Margaret Berry as its first Artist-in- Residence. Berry will move into the new studio and gallery space on the main level of the hotel on April 1.
Berry was one of six finalists for the program. A lifelong Nebraskan, she is a studio artist and teacher in Lincoln, specializing in encaustic painting and mixed media work. Actively involved in the Lincoln community, she previously served as executive director of the Lincoln Arts Council and was the first education director at the Lux Center.
Her artwork is part of a long painting tradition which melds beeswax, damar resin and pigment. Used by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, “encaustic” means to burn in with fire, and she uses a variety of torches to fuse wax layers of dreamy color and bold texture, sometimes incorporating oil paint, collage and photography into her work.
Her passion for encaustic has led her to exhibit coast-to-coast, teach innovative Hot Wax/Cool Art™ workshops across the U.S. and produce professional videos on YouTube.
Susan Madsen, general manager of The Cornhusker, states “Having Margaret Berry as our first Artist in Residence will be an exciting experience. She has so much energy and positivity, and her encaustic work is amazing! We’re enthusiastic to have her as part of The Cornhusker team, and look forward to her interaction with our hotel guests and staff.”
The hotel will host Berry on property in a gallery space open to the public for the Cornhusker Artist-in-Residence program. During her year of residency, Berry will spend 30 hours weekly in an on-site studio, creating pieces, hosting gallery nights and networking with guests to create a truly enriching experience for travelers.
A legacy piece will be created during her year of residency to permanently be on display within the hotel. This new, annual program will feature a new artist each year, accepting applications in the fall and beginning the new residency in April.
The Artist-in-Residence program was created by Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2009 at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. The program encourages the public and guests to interact with a local artist, enriching the overall guest experience during their visit as they are able to connect with the artist and see the evolution of the pieces created.