FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
* We love to
answer any and all questions about The Nomadic Project, and understand
it is not
easily summed up in one sentence. We only have a week to cover an
painting, compose music, find a gallery, update the site, etc.! With
that said, please
us by checking here for the answers to your questions! Then, send us an
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1. What is required of the participating gallery?
is no cost to the participating galleries. Basically, all that we
require of each gallery is to display one painting (inspired by a
bordering state) for the remainder of the 2006 year. We will agree on
commission for sales during our meeting. We send out press releases when each gallery
participates, however some galleries have benefited by contacting their
local press connections.
2. Who is funding this project?
The entire project
is funded by the artists (Kristin Abraham and Alfonso Llamas)! Savings
and art sales make "Connecting the country through art" possible! That
is a significant reason for the $20,000 budget!
For the exhibit, we are considering accepting sponsorships, and
applying for grants, however we want to keep the first phase of the
project (traveling and creating the artwork) uninfluenced from outside sources!
3. Can a gallery just display the exhibit without participating now?
The gallery that
participates by displaying the initial painting will have first choice
in hosting the entire exhibit. If they can't, due to the size of their
gallery, conflicting dates, etc., then we will turn to interested
galleries/ art centers/ museums that have shown an interest. The sooner
that you let us know of your interest, the better! We will put you at
the top of our list and send out an exhibit proposal around January.
4. Can a gallery just display one painting without the entire exhibit?
Of course, we
understand that not every exhibit space can allow for the type of
exhibit that we have planned, and we look forward to including excited
galleries in the project. Your gallery will continue to receive
recognition throughout the exhibit for participating.
5. When will you be in my town or city?
Good question! We
plan out a rough route two states before, so we can't guarantee when we
will be where (hence the title Nomadic)! Sometimes we plan to spend a
full day somewhere, and find it uninspiring. Or we will run into
someone who sends us to an amazing place that wasn't on our route!
Other times, the painting
process takes longer than planned. However, if
there is an event that you would like to plan around our arrival, let
us know in advance, and we will schedule a date to be in your city.
6. When is the exhibit?
Unlike the initial trip, the exhibit will have precise dates (set forth
in March of 2007). That time line will be posted on our website once Phase #1 of
the project is completed.
7. Where did this concept come from?
This is a question
that we enjoy answering. Over three years ago, we (Kristin Abraham and
Alfonso Llamas) recognized a common dream of traveling. A one
year trip around the U.S. was the plan.
Being artists, the question "Where do we store paintings while
traveling?" was answered with "leave a painting behind!" Therefore, the
concept of connecting the country through art was born. The answer to
"How do we travel on a budget, yet live (somewhat) comfortably?" was
found when Honda came out with the rugged and roomy Honda Element.
These were the type of questions that we asked ourselves, and simply
put, the concept came to fruition with creative problem solving!
Finally, we thought that bringing all of the work back together would
make for an interesting and educational exhibit. Not only would it
share an artistic journey, it would illustrate a personal one as the
two of us evolved and matured throughout the conflicts and rewards that
we would face. After all, we are young, newly married and passionately
creative. As the project snowballed, we became The Nomadic Project and
the exhibit became a four-dimensional experience for viewers.
Finally, we decided to
just go for it. If we failed, then we would still be better off than if
we had never tried. We sold our house and belongings and became
Initially, the plan was to casually leave the paintings in galleries or
coffee houses, but after receiving interest from galleries in big and small
cities alike, we decided to focus primarily on galleries. Also, the
project was only set to cover 48 states in a year. With the excitement
that joined us in the first half, we decided to extend The Nomadic
Project to all fifty states. This meant that it would take more than
the proposal of "one year, one vehicle!" Did we mention that this
8. What makes you qualified for this project?
This question is the best (insert sarcastic tone here)!
Only pretentious galleries, who don't even bother to visit the website
before getting back to us, ask this one! So, if you are asking this, we
probably aren't right for each other. The answer is, quite simply, "we created it!" We
are The Nomadic Project. Yes, we are young, but refuse to sit
around and wait for someone as passionate as us to come up with the concept
and follow through with it? We feel like there are a lot of
preconceived notions formed about this country. Through our
experiences, those have been blown out of the water. Hopefully, our work will
teach at least one person something that they didn't learn in school
about the country that they live in! Along with that, it might incite
someone else to get out and follow their dreams!
9. What type of music does Alfonso Llamas write?
You tell us! We've
begun calling it a combination between rock and classical, however that
is up for interpretation. Listen to some of the songs on this site, and
let us know if you can better classify it!
10. Who paints the paintings?
Believe it or not,
after all of the explanations that we could possibly give, people still
ask this! Kristin Abraham is the artist of EACH painting that is a part
of The Nomadic Project! Sometimes that only leaves two days to paint a
24 x 30" canvas, but it gets done! With that in mind, remember that
this is a "conceptual art project," and the paintings are often quick impressions, or sketches, of each state!
11. What is the goal of The Nomadic Project?
question is extremely vital. Without a goal, The Nomadic Project would
simply consist of two hippie artists, wandering aimlessly throughout
America! To avoid getting wordy, the main goal of this conceptual art
project is to use expression through art to share what is "in your
own backyard." As Americans, we spend much of our time in the work
place, so dream holidays usually consist of traveling to far and exotic
lands. With this project, we hope to share that you may not have to
travel far to see amazing things! We are all guilty of overlooking the
beauty that lies beneath our feet. We simply take it for granted. A
very common thing for locals to do is tell us of a state that is far
from there own! We share what we just visited 100 miles away, and they
respond with "I've heard it's great, but never been!" By bringing
inspiration from a neighboring state, we hope to share that there is an
amazing place right next door!
Another important goal of ours is to simply inspire. This concept
was nothing more than a dream for over three years! Family, friends,
and even we believed it would never happen! However, persistence,
optimism, and hard work made this far off dream an incredible reality!
Don't let anyone tell you to leave that concept for the dreamers! Step
out of society's box and prove the pessimists wrong!
Finally, with The Nomadic Project, we hope to reveal historical events
of the land. This country, although young as a nation, is just as old
as any other land mass. Along with more recent events that took place
as borders were created and wars fought, there are also fantastic
things that occurred here thousands of years ago. It is extremely
important to explore beyond the binding of a history book.