Flight, Pamela Alderman, Acrylic on wood panel, 35 X 37 inches, 2016
Flight is part of the permanent collection at Warriors Heart—a PTSD and addiction treatment center for veterans and first responders in San Antonio, Texas.
“Your art speaks of healing…” Makoto Fujimura
ArtPrize Seven (2015): Hometown Hero is being privately shown this week, and a select group of veterans will have the opportunity to sign an additional panel that has been added to the work.
During ArtPrize Seven in 2015, the public demonstrated enormous respect for our military by acknowledging the men and women who are willing to lay down their lives for our country. Our guardians of freedom. And now it is a tremendous honor that the original Hometown Hero painting will join the permanent collection at Silver Star—a thriving veteran community that promotes human flourishing.
I would like to thank Developer Marvin Veltkamp and Veterans Program Coordinator Tim Hunnicutt for their vision that includes using art as a healing catalyst for our veterans. While witnessing hundreds of visitors interacting with Hometown Hero, one Blue Star Mom said, “There’s a whole lot of love in that painting.” And because of this love, we are excited that the healing influence of Hometown Hero will continue.
Following ArtPrize 2015, a mini series from my Hometown Hero work has joined the Reflections of Generosity Collection to help bring hope and healing to wounded veterans and active duty service members. This spring Reflections of Generosity traveled to Fort Riley, Kansas and West Point where visitors were invited to write their hero’s name on painting.
It has been an exciting year—kicking off with an exhibition of The Scarlet Cord during the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl in Phoenix Arizona. Film makers from Colorado Springs flew into Phoenix to capture The Scarlet Cord exhibit and the responses of survivors and visitors.
For ArtPrize Seven, my work called Hometown Hero invited viewers into the artistic process by writing the name of their personal heroes on the 24 x 6-foot canvas; thousands of visitors responded. One New York critic described her ArtPrize experience as having to fight “past the thicket surrounding Hometown Hero” before she could continue to explore other works.
Then the year finished strong with a Courage Ablaze exhibition—which highlights the remarkable courage of the Congolese women and children—at Michigan State University.
Photo: Grand Rapids artist Pamela Alderman (at left) watches as Jim Waring, vice mayor of Phoenix (left) and Mark Brnovich, attorney general of Arizona, cut the ribbon to open The Scarlet Cord. At rear are Miss Arizona 2011, Brittney Brannon Kennan (left), and survivor advocate Rozlind Saumalu (Photo courtesy of Doug Hartzler).
ArtPrize Seven at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Voted Top 20 and 3rd Place in the Time-Based category
Phoenix, Arizona during the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl sponsored by StreetLightUSA
Women’s Expo at DeVos Place
Acton Institute and Prince Broekhuizen Gallery
The Scarlet Cord Film Premiere at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in partnership with Women At Risk International
Van Singel Fine Arts Center
Catholic Information Center at Cathedral Square
Residential College of Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University
Enjoy your family and friends for the holidays.
Curious for what’s ahead in 2016? Stay tuned, I’ll be back in 2016.
ArtPrize Seven’s Hometown Hero celebrates our local heroes from the Grand Rapids Police Department, the Grand Rapids Fire Department, and the Kentwood Police Department. Thank you for your service!
Hometown Hero also celebrates the leadership and support from the Blue Star Mothers: South Kent MI-191 and Ottawa-North Kent Blue Star Mothers MI-194, and Johnny Brann of Brann’s Steakhouse and Grill. Thank you for your for commitment to honor our heroes!
The sound of lots of young voices: “My hero is…”
A man wrote the name of the woman that hid his mother during the Holocaust.
Hometown Hero visitor: “This is what life is about. Honoring our heroes.”
A military man crawled up to the painting on his belly to write the name of his fallen comrade.
Army Spc. Eric Burri’s relative: “I wasn’t going to come to the Hometown Hero installation. But I couldn’t stay away. I haven’t cried since Eric’s death.” Lots of healing tears this morning.