Pamela's ArtPrize 2020 Installation

ArtPrize 2020 Artist

Yellow Ribbon

Honoring Our Veterans and Those with Invisible Wounds

A partnership with Kent County Veteran Services

September 16, 2020 to October 4, 2020

Military families tie yellow ribbons around trees to represent empathy and support for soldiers returning home; the yellow ribbon also symbolizes suicide prevention. Expanding these traditions, Yellow Ribbon consists of three wooden trees designed by the artist with the hands-on involvement of the veteran community. The broken-looking trees feature stories of resilience despite PTSD and veteran suicide, battles still being fought.

ArtPrize audience members will write notes of gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy and tie yellow ribbons on the branches to show solidarity. Following ArtPrize, the Blue Star Mothers will send the uplifting notes to deployed soldiers and the healing ribbons to grieving families to remind them of their community that supports them.

Veteran Art Workshops Contribute to the ArtPrize Work

Veterans and families during workshops creating art for ArtPrize 2020 Yellow Ribbon installation Veterans and families during workshops creating art for ArtPrize 2020 Yellow Ribbon installation Veterans and families during workshops creating art for ArtPrize 2020 Yellow Ribbon installation Veterans and families during workshops creating art for ArtPrize 2020 Yellow Ribbon installation Veterans and families during workshops creating art for ArtPrize 2020 Yellow Ribbon installation Veterans and families during workshops creating art for ArtPrize 2020 Yellow Ribbon installation

At the beginning of this artwork, Pamela will lead veteran art workshops with Kent County Veterans Services.

Veterans and families during workshops creating art for ArtPrize 2020 Yellow Ribbon installation

During the workshops, veterans and their families will sponge-paint special metallic paper, which the artist will use to fashion the ArtPrize work.

A group of veterans creating designs for Yellow Ribbon during workshop A veteran and his daughters show their Yellow Ribbon creations at workshop

A special collection of eight mosaic paintings created by veterans will be selected and incorporated into the overall design. All workshop participants are invited to create unique paintings.

A veteran workshop participant shows off her painting for ArtPrize 2020 Yellow Ribbon installation Yellow Ribbon paintings at workshop
Kent County Michigan seal

Yellow Ribbon, and Kent County Veteran Services, would like to thank the following veteran art workshops sponsors:

  • 92 For 22
  • Kent County Veterans Treatment Court
  • Ottawa-North Kent Blue Star Mothers and Marne American Legion
  • Blue Star Mothers of South Kent and American Legion 305
  • Blue Star Mothers of Ionia, Kent and Montcalm and Ray I. Booth American Legion
  • Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
  • Holland Home Independent Living
  • Finish the Mission Veteran Relief Fund
  • Veterans Upward Bound Program
Zero-Day volunteer woodworking pieces for Yellow Ribbon Wood sculptures for Yellow Ribbon being created in woodshop

A special thanks to Zero-Day for their valuable contribution to Yellow Ribbon.

Thor, our canine model for Yellow Ribbon

We would also like to thank our Yellow Ribbon veteran models from Kent County Veteran Services, 92 For 22, Holland Home Independent Living, Veterans Upward Bound Program, and “Thor,” our canine model.

Over 350,000 individuals have participated in Pamela's hands-on exhibits during the first ten years of the international ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her popular work has become known for engaging viewers through participatory art. Each ArtPrize project or theme can be customized for your needs. Contact Pamela today to commission a hands-on exhibit and presentation that focuses on raising awareness and finding solutions to life's challenges.

Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009