Pamela's ArtPrize Seven (2015) Installation

ArtPrize Seven (2015) Artist

Top 20 Finalist and 3rd Place for Time-Based

Hometown Hero

Saluting Our Hometown Heroes

September 23 – October 11 • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Joseph Campbell
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.

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

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!

The original ArtPrize Seven Hometown Hero painting has joined the permanent collection at Silver Star Apartments, a flourishing veteran community in Battle Creek, Michigan. Additional Hometown Hero II works are on display at Reflections of Generosity, State of Michigan Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and Warriors Heart of San Antonio, Texas.