Saluting Our Hometown Heroes
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
Hometown Hero first debuted in September, 2015, at ArtPrize Seven in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This interactive exploration invited individuals to write 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.
Hometown Hero at ArtPrize Seven (click to enlarge):
Visitor Responds 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
Hometown Hero II Travels to Pentagon in Washington D.C.
A new series called Hometown Hero II has joined Reflections of Generosity—a traveling exhibit founded by veteran sergeant and artist Ron Kelsey to promote healing at military installations. The art exhibit gives military families a safe place to heal. In 2016, Hometown Hero II was hosted at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness for PTSD and suicide prevention.
The Department was thrilled to be able to host the Reflections of Generosity [and Hometown Hero II] exhibit for Suicide Prevention Month 2016. This exhibit brings awareness that art may help increase the ability to cope and help decrease stress through artistic expression and also identifies a social support service available to Service members, their families and DoD Civilians. It also focuses on how the arts may be a way to elevate spirits, inspiration, and healing. We know that having social support and feeling connected to something and inspiration are protective factors, we wish to increase. The exhibit was an overwhelming success, we're hopeful to host this talented group each year.
Director, Outreach and Education
Defense Suicide Prevention Office
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 have been donated to Reflections of Generosity, State of Michigan Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and Warriors Heart of San Antonio, Texas.
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.
Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009