The Green River Magazine is a follow-up project to the Green River Newspaper. These two publication projects were made in collaboration with Sincerely Interested and the residents of Green River, Utah. Green River has a long history of industry-oriented booms and busts—railroad, uranium, Air Force missiles, Interstate-70, melon farming—and its acute sense of self is palpable. These publications gather fragments of nuance specific to Green River for a dual audience—the people of Green River and its neighboring towns, and the wider public interested in issues of the American West. These publication projects aimed to produce a portrait of place, via text and image narratives created with, by, and about town residents.
The Green River Magazine contains contributions from local residents of all ages, as well as members from Epicenter’s network of Frontier Fellows and other visitors for whom Green River has become a source of interest. The magazine is a collection of articles, photographs, interviews, visual art, fiction, archival content, and more. Together the pieces examine the past, present, and future of this place, creating a portrait of a small western desert town in the twenty-first century.
Sincerely Interested is the collaborative team of Sarah Baugh and Nicole Lavelle. They live and work in Richmond, Virginia and San Francisco, California. They work on art and design projects in the US and internationally, primarily exploring concepts related to people and place. Their work engages place via trans-disciplinary modes of documentation and engagement; they make publications, videos, photographs, gestures, and events, all in an effort to orient the participant, viewer, or reader towards a new perspective of place. Sincerely Interested’s interdisciplinary practice utilizes methodologies graphic design, journalism, education, and socially engaged art. Sarah and Nicole have been repeat visiting artists to Green River since 2011, and with each return visit and engagement develop a tighter connection and deeper relationships with the residents and landscapes of this special desert place.
Sappi: Ideas That Matter
The magazine was funded by a 2013 Sappi: Ideas that Matter grant. Since 1999, Sappi Paper has provided grants through the Ideas that Matter program to graphic designers partnering with non-profit organizations to make projects with positive social impact. Sappi believes and supports the creative ideas of designers because they are a powerful force for social good.