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“This Place: Selections from the Frontier”
January 7, 2017 - March 2, 2017
Artist: Frontier Fellows
The town of Green River lies within the lunar landscape of eastern Utah: rock cliffs reveal striations of sediment with boulders clustered below fracturing buttes. Green River is a place where the land is plentiful and the red dust, burnt cliffs, and lonely sky lie just beyond the end of its roads. Prismatic sunsets give way to stars that shine bold and close. If you’ve never seen monolithic terraces under an oceanic sky, Green River is the seeing place.
The only town of consequence and place to ford its mighty namesake for many miles, Green River has been a welcomed sight to travelers for well over a century. Uranium mining, the construction of a missile base, and other economic booms led to times of prosperity that proved short-lived. As jobs disappeared and the newly built Interstate 70 routed travelers around rather than through the town, businesses closed shop, buildings fell into disrepair, and the town’s population dwindled to its current size of 952. During the recent recession, Epicenter, an interdisciplinary nonprofit organization, began partnering with the city and residents to reverse Green River’s economic misfortunes and strengthen the community.
Epicenter’s visiting artists, Frontier Fellows, prove an integral part of this revitalization by discerning and celebrating Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit. This Place: Selections from the Frontier features work from the first five years of Frontier Fellows, visiting artists who have each spent a month in residence in Green River generating place-based work alongside the community.
Reception: Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 7 @ 6-8pm, Closing Reception Thur. Mar. 2 @5-7pm
Artist Talk: Thur Mar. 2 @ 5:30 PL 320
artist website: ruralandproud.org