Pamela's ArtPrize Seven (2015) Installation

ArtPrize Seven (2015) Artist

Top 20 Finalist

Hometown Hero

Saluting Our Hometown Heroes

September 23 – October 11 • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Voted Top 20 Finalist and 3rd Place for Time-Based

Hometown Hero arriving on site for ArtPrize Seven carried by GRFD Children writing hero messages on Hometown Hero arriving at ArtPrize Seven

ArtPrize Seven Top 20 installation, called Hometown Hero, highlighted local fallen soldier, Eric Burri. This interactive exploration gave individuals the opportunity to speak by writing the name of their hero on the 24 x 6 foot canvas. Thousands of visitors experienced healing as they connected with the work physically, intellectually, and emotionally. By saluting hometown heroes—ordinary people who display extraordinary commitment, love, and selflessness—we hold out truth for the next generation and pass on the healing torch.

Read the inspirational story behind Hometown Hero and/or learn more about our creative programs.

Thousands of Heroes Honored During ArtPrize Seven

Multi layered hero messages on Hometown Hero at ArtPrize Seven

Multi layered hero messages on Hometown Hero at ArtPrize Seven

Young girls writing hero message on Hometown Hero painting Children are a great part of what makes ArtPrize so special Many ArtPrize Seven visitors got on their hands and knees to honor heroes Many ArtPrize Seven visitors got on their hands and knees to honor heroes Visitor in wheelchair honoring his hero on an extremely full canvas during the final day of ArtPrize Seven Close-up of layered hero messages on Hometown Hero as ArtPrize Seven draws to a close

ArtPrize Visitors Respond to Hometown Hero

I could not hold back my tears. Thank you so much for creating a work of art that we could all be a part of and leave our mark on… Pedro
Good art evokes emotion…you have done just that with your piece of work. Thank you. Lee Ann
All your ArPrize exhibits are the same. You believe in the value of people. Whoever they are. Whatever they have done.
This is what life is about. Honoring our heroes.

Here's peak into how the brave honored their fallen; a sobering moment for the onlookers

Throughout ArtPrize, guests approached the Hometown Hero painting with visible excitement

Wars in places like Iraq show us that our world is broken; because of this, we need heroes like Eric Burri

Before ArtPrize even began, a father and son took a quiet moment to interact with Hometown Hero installation; their surprising determination to write a hero's name on the painting, while we were still installing the work, hinted what was to come during ArtPrize

Group of Hometown Hero volunteers and participants

Patriot Guard Riders, GRPD, and others who helped make Hometown Hero a great success; Photo credit: Tom DeVette

Republic ServicesA special thank you to the Blue Star Mothers, Knights of Columbus, and the Patriot Guard Riders for their help and support in making Hometown Hero possible. Many individuals and business sponsors like Republic Services and Brann's Steakhouse & Grille donated generously to offset the costs of Hometown Hero.

More information about Hometown Hero

Over 350,000 individuals have participated in Pamela's hands-on installations over the first ten years of ArtPrize. Drawing on her own journey towards restoration, her popular work continues to expand to new communities, focusing on finding solutions to life's challenges. Contact Pamela today to commission an interactive exhibit, virtual experience, or inspiring presentation—utilizing art as a healing tool.

Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009