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

Hometown Hero is touchable art. The work invites involvement. By adding a name, date, or tiny doodles to the red and white field of stripes, visitors have an opportunity to commemorate the life of their hero.

Sometimes a small act of kindness seems to go unnoticed. This interactive exploration invites individuals to honor their heroes—even those who have done seemingly small things. Let's salute our hometown heroes—ordinary people who display extraordinary commitment, love, and selflessness.

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

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

Children writing hero messages on Hometown Hero arriving at ArtPrize Seven
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.

You can be a part of the ongoing healing work with your donation on the Healing in Arts web site.

Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009

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