Pamela's ArtPrize 2010 Series

ArtPrize 2010Woman in Red

Woman in Red honors the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women
Displayed at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel • Grand Rapids

Woman in Red: The Inspiration

Living - Watercolor on paperAt age three, Natalie said, “Mommy, my heart hurts.”

Initial medical tests didn't reveal the real problem. But 12 years later Natalie found herself winded while playing high school lacrosse and casually mentioned to her parents that the pain in her heart had returned.

A non-invasive ultrasound revealed a tiny hole in her heart—a congenital heart defect known as PDA—that allowed blood to flow directly from the aorta into the pulmonary artery.

Using two tiny coils made of a special metal, Dr. Ron Grifka successfully repaired the hole, allowing Natalie to return to the lacrosse field 30 days later.

The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement and Natalie Ruggeri's willingness to appear in my artwork inspired my Woman in Red series. Today as a survivor, Natalie offers this advice: “Don't ignore your symptoms. Don't take things for granted. Cherish what you have.” Natalie knows life's value.

The Red Dress Artist

Following ArtPrize 2010, Pamela has had several opportunities to be a volunteer artist and ambassador for the AHA's Go Red For Women. Pamela is still often referred to as the Red Dress Artist which is warmly received knowing that people remember her art.

Watercolor paintings displayed at ArtPrize 2010

Woman in Red at ArtPrize 2010

Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009

Since 2009, ArtPrize, the world's largest open art competition, draws more than 500,000 visitors to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Veteran ArtPrize artist Pamela Alderman has become known for creating a new kind of artist/viewer work that invites audience collaboration. The work invites individuals into the healing process through participatory art. As visitors engage in the art making, small steps toward healing result. Over ten years of ArtPrize, Alderman's interactive installations, including The Scarlet Cord and Hometown Hero, have touched thousands—one person at a time. This healing art involves you—because you matter!

Woman in Red works donated to the Heart Center at Metro Health Hospital of Grand Rapids, Michigan and the American Heart Association of Grand Rapids, Michigan