For ten days in December,
all of America will be united through art, and Tiverton Rhode Island
helps to make it possible. The concept is called The Nomadic Project,
and it is covering the country, one state at a time! The project
involves one gallery, museum, or art center in each of the fifty states
to serve as a representative. In Rhode Island, it is the Donavan
that was chosen to participate.
Visual artist, Kristin Abraham and musician, Alfonso Llamas saw the
United States divided through war, politics and religion, and realized
that the only way to find unity would be to return to the source. That
meant the land; one nation divided into fifty uniquely different
states. So Abraham and Llamas set out to visit the big cities, small
towns, and National Historic sites that make up this broken nation, and
pull it together with art.
Living out of their orange Honda Element, Abraham and Llamas spend
about a week in each state. Abraham responds to her experiences by
painting a 24 x 30” canvas. That painting is carried to the next
state, where it is displayed in a participating gallery until the end
of 2006. This process physically unites the country through art, by
blurring state borders.
Llamas is recording the experience through original music and video. He
is working on an album and documentary based on this physical and
emotional journey. He also uploads his journal entries online to
promote discussion about each area. As the artists travel, they
encourage communities to participate at www.TheNomadicProject.com
where the artwork, music, video trailer and photographs can be viewed
as the project unfolds.
When The Nomadic Project made it to Rhode Island, they met Kris
Donovan, who has been active in the arts for 25 years. The Donovan
promotes and exhibits local artists in an area of Rhode Island
that has been preserved from franchises and overdevelopment.
Tiverton’s history shines through in the uncompromised stretch of
land, which made it a perfect Rhode Island candidate for The Nomadic
Project. The Donovan Gallery
joins The Whistler Museum of Art (Lowell,
MA), Carla Schmidt Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Aesthetic Eye (Chicago,
IL), the Mansfield Art Center (Mansfield, OH) and many more, as the
project reaches its final stretch. A complete list of the galleries in
can be viewed at www.TheNomadicProject.com.
All of the work leads up to a time where each of the fifty states will
be participating, uniting all of America through art. From December
21st-31st, one gallery in each state displays a single painting.
However, December is not the end of The Nomadic Project. The second
combines all elements of this journey into a physical exhibit. The work
will finally be displayed together, and visit each region of the
country. Even the emails in which we have received throughout the
journey become part of the exhibit. This interaction illustrates how
the community is serving a significant role in making The Nomadic
To learn more about The Nomadic Project, e-mail
. For more information on the Donovan
and their participation, visit www.donovangallery.com
, or call
Kris at 401.624.4000.