Pamela's Story

Artist Pamela AldermanJust as a watercolor artist adds water to activate paint on paper, artist and facilitator Pamela Alderman initiates participatory art that explores new ways to foster community. Such interactive work prompts layers of healing processes to bring about brief but meaningful experiences for individuals and groups. Year after year, participants respond to the transformative power within Pamela Alderman's interactive exhibits.

“Your art makes me feel so connected to others. Your work links us all together,” offered one participant, regarding Broken Wings. This art installation deals with school violence by inviting participants to attach a handwritten promise of kindness onto a colorful paper chain comprised of thousands of similar messages.The visual imagery of linked notes increased this viewer's sense of connection with others.

In addition to these interactive installations, Pamela creates custom commissioned art, offering either fine-art paintings or multi-media works that represent a company's core values. Her popular senior care projects incorporate retirement community residents' life stories, resilience, and hope as they engage in an art-making process. Fun team building murals can be developed to fit any budget or location.

Lastly, Pamela's non-profit work, Healing in Arts, offers school workshops, community programs, and other hands-on installations, like Healing in Arts' social justice art. This work powerfully leverages collaborative art to guide people through various life issues like “letting go,” alienation, bullying, school violence, or sex trafficking. As a result, many have experienced release and gained a sense of new beginnings.

Pamela Alderman
Pamela has a very unique gift for connecting deeply with people through her artwork. There is something in her work that is deeply magnetic and brings out the vulnerability in all of us.

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Would you like to explore possibilities for your own commissioned art or to help bring awareness and healing to your group or community? Contact Pamela.

Pamela's Bio

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021

    Yellow Ribbon, Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2020

    Red Jeans Redemption with SEE Freedom, The Lit; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2019

    Cut Short, Village Arts Factory; Canton, Michigan

  • 2018

    The Scarlet Cord, Cornerstone University; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    The Scarlet Cord, Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant, Holiday Inn; Muskegon, Michigan

  • 2017

    The Scarlet Cord, Manasseh Project #StopThisTraffic Conference, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    The Scarlet Web and Night Cries, Grand Valley State University; Allendale, Michigan

  • 2016

    The Scarlet Cord, Grand Valley State University; Allendale, Michigan

  • 2015

    Courage Ablaze, Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan
    The Scarlet Cord, Acton Institute; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    The Scarlet Cord, Roosevelt Row; Phoenix, Arizona
    Courage Ablaze, Van Singel Fine Arts Center; Byron Center, Michigan
    Courage Ablaze, Cathedral Square Center; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2014

    The Scarlet Cord, North Central Michigan College; Petoskey, Michigan
    Courage Ablaze, Cornerstone University; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2013

    Healing Reflections, Claystone Clinic; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Healing Reflections, University Club; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2012

    Courage Ablaze, Macy's, Rivertown Mall; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Healing Reflections, The Hartley Center; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2011

    Healing Reflections, Bruce and Mary Leep Gallery; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Healing Reflections, Coopersville Farm Museum; Coopersville, Michigan

  • 2010

    Guest Artist Series, St Mary's Health Care; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Healing Reflections, Sky Walk Gallery, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Short Film Productions

  • 2015

    The Scarlet Cord, a collaborative work by Artist Pamela Alderman, Producer Rochelle Raimão, and Director Simon Scionka

Selected Collaborations

  • 2021

    Stories with Youth For Christ and MDV Housing, LLC; Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Youth detention center art workshop with Dawn Baker and Alert Ministries; Dallas, Texas

  • 2020

    Let Go with the Kent County Prosecutor’s Victim Witness Unit; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Yellow Ribbon with Kent County Veteran Services and the veteran community; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Broken Wings No. 7 with Big Rapids Public Schools. Mecosta-Osceola Career Center, and Evergreen Terrace Assisted Living; Big Rapids, Michigan
    Red Jeans Redemption live performance with Anna Donahue, Susan Anderson, and SEE Freedom; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Red Jeans Redemption with Sacred Beginnings; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Broken Wings No. 6 with Girls Court of Michigan, 17th Circuit Court Family Division; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2019

    Broken Wings No. 2 with Girls Court of Michigan, 17th Circuit Court Family Division, and PlexiCase Inc; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Broken Wings No. 3, 4, and 5 with Breton Woods Independent Living Facilities; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Broken Wings No. 3, 4, and 5 with Raybrook Independent Living Facilities; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Wings of Hope with Pine Grove Learning Center; Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Frames Unlimited; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2018

    Open Hands helping Babette's Feast an off-broadway production; New York, New York
    Color Me Orange—Color Me Kind with Jeff Vely, Campus Peace-Building Initiative; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    The Scarlet Cord Film with StreetLightUSA; Phoenix, Arizon

  • 2017

    The Scarlet Cord installation with Saugatuck High School students; Saugatuck, Michigan

  • 2016

    The Scarlet Cord Film with Judge Patricia Gardner; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2015

    The Scarlet Cord Film Premiere and Sex Trafficking Panel with Women At Risk International, Grand Rapids Public Museum; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    The Scarlet Cord with the Doll Box Campaign, Shared Hope International; Phoenix, Arizona
    The Scarlet Cord Film with producer Rochelle Raimão and videographer Simon Scionka; Phoenix, Arizona
    The Scarlet Cord installation with StreetLightUSA; Phoenix, Arizona

  • 2014

    The Scarlet Cord installation with Women At Risk International; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    The Scarlet Cord Audio Collage with Shared Hope International; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    The Scarlet Cord with Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan, North Central Michigan College; Petoskey, Michigan

Selected Teaching Experience

  • 2021

    Veteran Art Workshops, Kent County Veterans Services; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Broken Wings, Manasseh Project; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2020

    Let Go, Kent County Prosecutor's Victim Witness Unit; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Let Love Grow, Meadowlawn Elementary School; Kentwood, Michigan
    Awakening, Girls Court of Michigan, 17th Circuit Court Family Division; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Yellow Ribbon, Kent County Veterans Treatment Court; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Yellow Ribbon, 92 For 22; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Yellow Ribbon, Blue Star Mothers MI194 and Marne American Legion; Marne, Michigan
    Yellow Ribbon, Holland Home Independent Living; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Yellow Ribbon, Grand Rapids Home for Veterans; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Yellow Ribbon, WINC: For All Women Veterans; Muskegon, Michigan
    “Broken Wings No. 6.” Girls Court of Michigan, 17th Circuit Court Family Division; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2019

    “Broken Wings and Resiliency.” Raybrook Independent Living Facilities; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Broken Wings and Resiliency.” Breton Woods Independent Living Facilities; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Solving the Art Mystery and Kindness.” The Montessori School; Kalamazoo, Michigan
    “Solving the Art Mystery and Influencing Culture Through Art.” Calvary Church; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “The Monarch Butterfly's Inner Compass.” Girls Court of Michigan, 17th Circuit Court Family Division; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Broken Wings: Healing Through Connections.” Girls Court of Michigan, 17th Circuit Court Family Division; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2018

    “Broken Wings and Intentional Kindness” Southwood Elementary at ArtPrize; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Broken Wings, Our World View, and Social Justice.” Cornerstone University at ArtPrize; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Open Hands and Babette's Feast.” Elementary schools of Denver, Colorado

  • 2017

    “The Scarlet Cord: Healing for Sex-trafficked Children.” Saugatuck High School; Saugatuck, Michigan
    “Healing in Arts & ArtPrize Mock Up.” Grand Rapids Public Museum School, Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2016

    “The Scarlet Cord.” Kent County Courthouse; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2015

    “The Scarlet Cord.” Cornerstone University; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2014

    “Plein Aire Portraiture.” Godwin Heights Middle School; Wyoming, Michigan

  • 2013

    “The Gift of Watercolor.” Battle Creek Art Center; Battle Creek, Michigan

  • 2012

    “Watercolor Fun.” Central Forrest International School; Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2021

    Yellow Ribbon, with Kent County Veterans Services and the veteran community, Grand Valley State University; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2020

    Red Jeans Redemption and Sacred Beginnings, Azusa Pacific University; Azusa Pacific, California

  • 2019

    Broken Wings, No. 3, 4, and 5, Holland Home; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2017

    Let Go, ArtPrize, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel; Grand Rapids, Michigan (Top 25 in Time-Based at ArtPrize 2017)
    Festival 2017 Regional Arts Exhibition (Second Generation of Festival Award)
    Live Coverage, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2016

    Hometown Hero II, Reflections of Generosity, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
    Color Me Orange—Color Me Kind, ArtPrize, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum; Grand Rapids, Michigan (Top 25 in Time-Based at ArtPrize 2016)
    Live Coverage, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2015

    Hometown Hero, ArtPrize, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel; Grand Rapids, Michigan (Top 20 Finalist and 3rd Place in Time-Based at ArtPrize 2015)

  • 2014

    The Scarlet Cord, ArtPrize, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum; Grand Rapids, Michigan (Top 25 Installation Finalist at ArtPrize 2014)
    West Michigan Area Show; Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts; Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • 2013

    Wing and a Prayer, ArtPrize, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel; Grand Rapids, Michigan (Top 50 Finalist at ArtPrize 2013)
    Regional Arts Exhibition; Grand Rapids, Michigan (LOMA Award)
    Women's Works, Northwest Area Arts Council; Woodstock, Illinois (First Place Award)

  • 2012

    Courage Ablaze, ArtPrize, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel; Grand Rapids, Michigan (Top 100 Finalist at ArtPrize 2012)
    Grand Valley State University Women's Center; Allendale, Michigan

  • 2011

    Braving the Wind, ArtPrize, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    35th National Exhibition; Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Kenosha Public Museum; Kenosha, Wisconsin

  • 2010

    Woman in Red, ArtPrize, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    110th Philadelphia Water Color Society International Exhibition; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 2009

    National Juried Art Exhibition; Hilton Head, South Carolina
    ArtPrize, Open Concepts Gallery; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Selected Permanent Collections

  • 2020

    Kent County Courthouse of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Kent County Courthouse of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Evergreen Terrace Assisted Living of Big Rapids, Michigan

  • 2019

    Kent County Courthouse of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Pine Grove Learning Center of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    The Montessori School of Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Village Arts Factory of Canton, Michigan
    Holland Home of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Silver Star Apartments of Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • 2018

    Wolverine Building Group of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Kent County Courthouse of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Culture Care Inc. of Pasadena, California

  • 2017

    Manasseh Project of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Grand Rapids Public Museum School of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Lone Pine Elementary School of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
    Kentwood Public Schools of Kentwood, Michigan
    Westwood Middle School of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    William C. Abney Academy of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Saranac Community Schools of Saranac, Michigan
    Southwest Community Campus of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Wedgewood Christian Services of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Libertas Foundation of Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • 2016

    Warriors Heart of San Antonio, Texas
    Grand Rapids Home for Veterans of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Holland Home of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Bethany Refugee and Immigrant Services, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Reflections of Generosity, Covington, Kentucky

  • 2015

    Hope Network for Autism of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Grand Rapids Police Department of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Grand Rapids Fire Department of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Kentwood Police Department of Kentwood, Michigan

  • 2014

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • 2013

    D.A. Blodgett and St. John's Home of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Children's Hospital of Boston, Massachusetts

  • 2012

    Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Illinois
    Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Michigan

  • 2011

    American Mission Hospital of Manama, Bahrain
    Children's Hospital of Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Children's Hospital of St. Paul, Minnesota
    Seattle Children's Hospital of Seattle, Washington

  • 2010

    American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Children's Hospital of Denver, Colorado
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    C.S. Mott Children's Hospital of Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego, California
    Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital of Cleveland, Ohio
    The Heart and Vascular Center at Metro Health of Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2009

    Helen DeVos Children's Hospital of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Selected Presentations

  • 2021

    “An Artist's Story.” Cornerstone University; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “An Artist's Story.” Zoom Chats Series; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “A Different Pattern to Success.” Girls Up Club, Spring Lake High School; Spring Lake, Michigan

  • 2020

    “Broken Wings No. 6: Healing Through Connections.” Girls Court of Michigan, 17th Circuit Court Family Division, Kent County Courthouse; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2019

    “Broken Wings No. 2: From Broken Wings to Resilient Wings.” Girls Court of Michigan, 17th Circuit Court Family Division, Kent County Courthouse; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2018

    “Broken Wings: A Decade of ArtPrize.” Interview with Jeremy and Amanda, WCSG Radio; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Broken Wings.” Interview with Marvis Herring, WOOD TV 8; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Nine years of ArtPrize Success with Anna Donahue and Pamela Alderman.” Lowell Arts Center; Lowell, Michigan
    “Broken Wings: A Decade of ArtPrize.” Interview with Shelley Irwin, WGVU Radio; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Healing in Arts: A Decade of ArtPrize.” Voices: A Community History Project; WKTV; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “The Scarlet Cord: Healing and Freedom for Sex-trafficked Children.” Holland Home; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Nine years of ArtPrize Success” with Anna Donahue and Pamela Alderman, Lowell Arts Center; Lowell, Michigan

  • 2017

    “The Scarlet Cord: Healing for Sex-trafficked Children.” Manasseh Project #StopThisTraffic Conference, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “The Scarlet Cord: Healing for Sex-trafficked Children.” Grand Valley State University; Allendale, Michigan
    “An ArtPrize Artist's Journey.” CALL Noontime Series, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Healing in Arts: A Pathway to Flourishing.” Noontime Series, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2016

    “Healing in Arts: A Pathway to Flourishing.” Q Commons, Ladies Literary Club of Calvin College; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Hometown Hero II: A Legacy of Hope.” Defense Suicide Prevention Office, Pentagon; Washington D.C.
    “Healing in Arts.” International Culture Care, Fuller Theological Seminary; Pasadena, California
    “The Scarlet Cord: Healing for Sex Trafficked Children.” Grand Valley State University; Allendale, Michigan
    “The Scarlet Cord: Healing for Sex Trafficked Children.” Manasseh Project; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2015

    “Courage Ablaze: The Women and Children of Congo.” Residential College of Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan
    “The Scarlet Cord: and Human Trafficking.” Acton Institute; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Healing in Arts.” International Culture Care Summit, Cairn University, Langhorne, Pennsylvania
    “Reflections in Generosity.” International Culture Care Summit, Cairn University, Langhorne, Pennsylvania
    “Great Women, Great Wisdom: Courage Ablaze.” Cathedral Square Center; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “The Scarlet Cord.” Interview with Pat McReynolds, CBS 5, KPHO; Phoenix, Arizona
    “ArtPrize Piece Headed to the Super Bowl.” Interview with WZZM TV; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2014

    “ArtPrize 2014: The Scarlet Cord.” Interview with Andy Rent, WTRV Radio; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    "ArtPrize 2014: The Scarlet Cord.” Interview with Shelley Irwin, WGVU Radio; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Courage Ablaze.” Grand Rapids Community College; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2013

    “ArtPrize and Autism.” Interview with Michigan is Listening, WJR Radio; Detroit, Michigan
    “Healing Power of Art.” Grand Rapids Public Museum; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “Ask the ArtPrize Artist.” Interview with Shelley Irwin, WGVU Television; Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2012

    “ArtPrize.” Interview with Shelley Irwin, WGVU Radio; Grand Rapids, Michigan
    “ArtPrize: Courage Ablaze.” Bethany Refugee Services; Grand Rapids, Michigan