When leaving the battlefield, military warriors get asked if they need to see a chaplain or therapist before going home. But while interviewing the different soldiers, I have learned that no one is going to raise his or her hand, in front of their battle buddies, and delay their chance to go home. Many of these veterans continue to fight through the painful months and years, often self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, to cope with the aftermath of war. As a veteran wife and military mom, I designed a responsive piece, Yellow Ribbon, to honor our veterans. But this year, my expanding ArtPrize role includes co-curating Veterans Memorial Park. By creating a space for the veterans to express their stories of perseverance and resilience, the art speaks hope into their darkest conflicts. Through this artwork, some veterans, the ones who didn’t raise their hands, now have an opportunity to be heard, seen, and understood, albeit years or decades later. This collaboration provides a place for creative care, honoring the veterans’ sacrifice and curating an exhibit for them. The healing art also helps recalibrate society’s values—by including the unincluded—giving veterans a voice.
Pamela's ArtPrize Entries
These are Pamela's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Pamela's Past Work
These are images of past work that Pamela has done.