The 50 States Project is a mobile artist residency traveling to all 50 states.
We're two artists documenting America through painting and photography.
In November of 2019, we set out to travel to all 50 states in one year, painting and photographing our way across the country.
After 17 states and nearly 5 months on the road, the pandemic hit. It was no longer safe to travel. We returned home to the DC area — but we continued the work of documenting America while in social isolation. The 50 States Project began as an epic road trip and grew to become something even larger: a study of before and after in a country forever changed by the events of 2020.
In April of 2021, we got vaccinated and back on the road to finish what we'd started. We painted and photographed our way through the remaining 33 states over the next seven months, reaching our 50th state in late November.
Now that we've painted and photographed our way through all 50 states, we're preparing to show the work in two concurrent exhibitions in Washington, DC throughout August and September.
From the Instagram Feed
Click, drag, and zoom to explore the route we took to all 50 states
"The road trip remains vital precisely because American spatial discovery and mental discovery, selfhood and nationhood, are so intertwined."
David Campany, The Open Road