Pamela Heller creates site-specific projects, audio/video, photography and works on paper that bring into play themes related to nature and mythology. During her childhood, she frequently listened to stories told by ancestors, who brought their experiences to life via objects and places they held sacred. Resonating with memories, this expressive power of recollection continues to inspire her thinking. Referring to symbolism from ancient cultures to the present, she works towards creating an atmosphere that raises awareness of identity and perception.
Heller creates work for the public domain, non-profit venues, museums, galleries, and private collections internationally. Her work is in the collections of the Progressive Corporation, Peter B. Lewis Aquatic Center/Menorah Park Foundation, Hospice of the Western Reserve, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, KA Architects, MBNA, among others (see Awards and Collections). Pamela has collaborated with architects, engineers, fabricators, and artists on projects for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Charlottesville, Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Children's Museum, NYC, American Movie Classics, Connoisseur Magazine, NYC, Danube in the Metro, and others. Pamela apprenticed with land-based installation artists creating work for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.
Pamela is the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Artists and Communities Grant, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council Grant, Sculpture Space Artist Residency, NY, CIA Faculty Development Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Artists Space Special Projects Grant, NYC, Broadway Windows Project Grant, NYC.