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

Hometown Hero is touchable art. This ArtPrize Seven Top 20 installation—highlighting a local fallen soldier—gave visitors the opportunity to add a name of their hero on the 24 X 6-foot canvas. The following year Hometown Hero II was hosted at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

Thousands of visitors experienced healing as they connected with the work. On several occasions, elderly veterans would step up to the painting to record a name. Then, ceremoniously the soldiers would step back from the painting, in a moment of silence and salute their fallen comrade. Many onlookers shed tears.

This interactive exploration invites individuals to honor their heroes even those who have done seemingly small things. By saluting hometown heroes—ordinary people who display extraordinary commitment, love, and selflessness—we raise the bar for the next generation and keep hope alive.

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.
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.

Help Pamela continue her healing message with your donation on the Healing in Arts web site.

Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009

Since 2009, ArtPrize is the world's largest open art competition. This 19-day event in Grand Rapids, Michigan draws more than 500,000 visitors with around 1500 participating artists. This unique event involves local and international artists, art, and active community participation. Veteran ArtPrize artist and facilitator Pamela Alderman is known for creating a new kind of artist/viewer work that invites audience collaboration. Her work lets others speak and respond. This 2015 work, Hometown Hero, was voted into the Top 20 and finished 3rd Place for Time-Based exhibits.

The original ArtPrize Seven Hometown Hero painting has joined the permanent collection at Silver Star Apartments, a flourishing veteran community in Battle Creek, Michigan