Kristin Abraham and
Alfonso Llamas created The Nomadic Project to use art to inspire and
educate individuals about the United States. They feel the goal was
accomplished in their thirty-fifth state, as Mansfield, Ohio
welcomed The Nomadic Project with open arms.
Abraham and Llamas have been on the road for over ten months, in the
effort to connect all fifty states through art. Each state is
represented by one city, where a single painting is displayed until the
end of 2006. Each painting is created by Abraham, and illustrates a
physical, historical or emotional response to the state. As a painting
is completed, it is placed on display in a bordering state. While
Abraham paints, Llamas journals his experiences through original music
The Nomadic Project received a warm welcome from Mansfield, Ohio, when the Mansfield Art Center
agreed to display the Indiana-inspired painting, entitled Driven
Executive Director, Paul Kemerling arranged for Abraham and Llamas to
give an assembly at Discovery School, and another presentation at the Mansfield Art Center
"It was great to share two completely different aspects of the project,
all in one day. While talking with the students, we were able to
emphasize the amazing wonders that lie within each state. The goal
being to inspire them to explore what lies in their own backyard, and
follow their dreams. While speaking with adults, we could focus more on
the emotional response that leads to each painting, along with the use
of art to remind future generations of historical events."
Before leaving town, Mansfield provided the Nomadic artists with
complementary tickets to the Symphony at Renaissance Theater, along
with studio space to create in. The Nomads truly appreciated the
hospitality shown by all of Mansfield, and look forward to future
"From the moment we arrived in Mansfield, to the moment we left, we felt embraced by the community." Llamas shares.
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
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 Mansfield Art Center
Abraham and Llamas also encourage participation by every state, as they
finish their journey of the U.S. Each email that they receive
will become part of the final exhibit. Paintings can also be purchased by
contacting Abraham (email@example.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.