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Art Changing the View

Pam Hamilton
Year Grant Awarded 2010

Email > pam@pamartgallery.com
State > IL Zip Code > 60446
Website > http://pamartgallery.com/
Website > http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-25/news/ct-x-s-villages-artwork-0525-20110525_1_vacant-bu
Website > http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/5954160-418/art-brightening-view-at-empty-romeoville-shops.html

Art Changing the View transformed an empty storefront into a public art exhibit in the village of Romeoville, Illinois. The project has brought a bright spot of art to a community otherwise lacking in visual art.

This project has been on my heart for years, since moving to the southwest suburbs from downtown Chicago. In the city, art was always a few steps away: a bus ride to the Art Institute or a walk around the block to see a mural on the wall. The decision to leave the urban scene for better schools and a safer environment for our family has brought us to the sterile strip mall landscape of Chicago’s outer suburbs. Thanks to the Puffin Foundation and the Village of Romeoville I have begun to make my dream of creating and exhibiting art in my community into a reality.

The completed art installation was revealed to Romeoville and surrounding communities at an opening reception on Sunday, June 12, 2011. The opening was a celebration of the renewed spirit that art brings to a community.