Pamela's ArtPrize Seven (2015) Installation
Top 20 Finalist and 3rd Place for Time-Based
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.
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
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.
A 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.
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.