(left) Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (right) In Indianapolis, LAMP Gallery owner, Jennifer Kaye stands with Nomadic artists,  Kristin Abraham and Alfonso Llamas in front of Michigan-inspired painting "Straight Off the Assembly Line."

Ann Arbor and Indianapolis Join The Nomadic Project

Thirty-four states are connected through art with The Nomadic Project, as Michigan and Indianapolis become the two most recent states to be included. The Nomadic Project is a Nation-wide conceptual art project,  ten months into the making. Creators, Kristin Abraham, artist, and Alfonso Llamas, musician, blur state borders by pulling inspiration from one state and leaving it in the next.

At the Ann Arbor Art Center, "Slipping Into the Bay," an original canvas painting by Kristin Abraham, is on display. This piece pulls together Abraham and Llamas' personal emotions as the project nears its end, along with Wisconsin's inspiring lakeshores and working factories.

While the Ann Arbor Art Center represents the state of Michigan, LAMP Fine Art represents Indiana. The Nomadic Project's piece titled "Straight Off the Assembly Line" was a perfect fit for the contemporary art gallery in Indianapolis. The Nomads were greeted with tall ceilings, and the tall personality of LAMP owner, Jennifer Kaye. The three discussed the Indianapolis art scene and an interesting concrete corn sculpture that lies ahead in Ohio. "Straight Off the Assembly Line," inspired by the contrasts of Michigan, was on the gallery wall before Abraham and Llamas left for Ohio, their 35th state.

Each painting will only be on display until the end of December, 2007, so visit the gallery link on www.TheNomadicProject.com to find out where you can view a Nomadic painting near you! Keep in mind that these "canvas sketches" are the immediate creations of one artist, as she responds to a week in of touring that state. The project is meant to challenge and inspire viewers to "get up, get out, and go somewhere," Llamas explains.  It is an artistic and educational journey, funded purely by the couple's $20,000 savings.

Abraham and Llamas also encourage community participation as they finish their journey of the U.S.  Each email that they receive will become part of the exhibit. Paintings can also be purchased by contacting Abraham (abrahamart@gmail.com), or directly through participating galleries. The owner will receive an engraved nameplate to be displayed with their piece, as well as a signed print to display as their painting tours the U.S.

To learn more about The Nomadic Project, log on to www.TheNomadicProject.com and view images from each state. Also, keep an eye out for the four dimensional exhibit, showcasing the complete series of paintings, music and journal entries. This show is planned to begin in November of 2007 and travel in the path of The Nomadic Project. For information regarding Ann Arbor Art Center visit www.annarborartcenter.org, and for LAMP Fine Art, visit www.lampfineart.com.



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