A Call to Place

—Utah Arts & Museums – For immediate release on March 1, 2016


SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces A Call to Place: The first five years of the Frontier Fellowship. The exhibition highlights the town of Green River through a project initiated by Epicenter, an interdisciplinary nonprofit organization.

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 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 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. The exhibition, A Call to Place, features the first five years of Frontier Fellows, 50 visiting artists and collaborators who have each spent up to one month in residence generating place-based work in Green River alongside the community.

“We’re delighted to celebrate and reflect on one of our most stunning rural communities in Utah” said Gay Cookson Utah Arts & Museums Director, “Epicenter, and the respective fellows, are playing an important role in their community while expanding the boundaries of how we think about art making. Undoubtedly the contributions and perspective offered by these visiting artists will make a lasting impact.”

The exhibition runs from Mar. 18th-May 13th, 2016. An artist reception will be held on Mar. 18th from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll. The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Additionally the Gallery is open in partnership with The Downtown Winter Farmers Market every other Saturday from 10am-2pm from January 16th-April 23rd, 2016.

Thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts (Artworks), Utah Division of Arts and Museums, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Steve and Juanita Sykes for their generous support of this project.

Participating artists/collaboratives:

Charlotte XC Sullivan, Zoe Minikes, Zorth Pilioneta, Miles Mattison, Nick Zdon, Daniel Strauss, Nicole Lavelle, Ali Osborn, Jamey Herman, Richard Saxton, Sarah Baugh, Justin Flood, Raphael Griswold, Emily Howe, Aidan Koch, Shawn Creeden, Catherine Page-Harris, Kristina Fong, Corbin Lamont, Zach Bulick, Russell Kerr, Cabin Time, Erica Dixon, Dylan Adams, Bennett Williamson, Gina Abelkop, Colin Bliss, Lucia Carroll, Cyrus Smith, Sincerely Interested, Michelle Benoit, Molly Goldberg, Mary Rothlisberger, Celia Hollander, Ryan Ford, Grayson Earle, Jordan Topiel Paul, Andrew Hamblin, Spence Kroll, Eliza Fernand, Geoffrey Holstad, Rob Loucks, Pete Collard & Alice Masters, Lisa Ward, Emily Howe, Jordan Gulasky, Phil Dagostino, High Desert Test Sites, Laurelin Kruse, and Sarah Lillegard.

Curation: Epicenter
Design: Corbin LaMont

For more information on the Fellowship visit frontierfellowship.org.

RSVP to the event here.

HDTS: Epicenter Participating Artists

Epicenter and High Desert Test Sites (HDTS) are co-hosting HDTS: Epicenter on October 9-12, 2015. HDTS: Epicenter is a collaborative curation of 12 artists’ projects, along with many regional points of interest and programs in diverse locations in and around the rural Utah community of Green River, Utah.

Our 12 featured artists:
Steve Badgett
Alyse Emdur & Michael Parker
Butchy Fuego
Kathleen Johnson & Mark So
Nicole Lavelle
Charlie Macquarie
Allan McCollum
Jordan Topiel Paul & J. Gordon Faylor
The Puusemp Family (Ephraim, Kiersten & Raivo Puusemp)
Cyrus Smith, Alison Kinney, Daniel Nickerson & Matt Takiff
Bennett Williamson

With additional support and programming by:
Sarah Baugh
Taryn Cowart
Miles Mattison
Richard Saxton & students

…stay tuned for more!

HDTS is a non-profit organization located in Joshua Tree, CA, that supports immersive experiences and exchanges between artists, critical thinkers, and general audiences – challenging all to expand their definition of art to take on new areas of relevancy.

Epicenter is a non-profit organization located in Green River, that provides housing and business resources and promotes the arts to accentuate Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit.

This project is made possible through support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, Utah’s Emery County Travel Board, and the Robber’s Roost Motel.

Friday, July 17th, 2015


Christmas Giveaway

2012 Give-Away Prizes

In celebration of another great year, we’re giving away some amazing prizes that we feel perfectly reflect our year:

1) one knitted beanie cap made with up-cycled yard from the Green River Thrift Store by Frontier Fellow, Emily Howe
2) one unique embroidered Rural and Proud tote bag by Maria Sykes (inspired by Shawn Creeden, Frontier Fellow)
3) the first edition of “Red Sands,” a comic made by Frontier Fellow, Aidan Koch, made during her time in Green River
4) one white hand-silkscreen-printed tea towel featuring a black magpie, drawn and printed by Hayley Crooks
5) one bundle including one “Beasts I Have Known in Green River” zine by Hayley Crooks, one hand-printed “La Veracruzana” postcard by Emily Howe, and one copy of “Road Maps” by Nicole Lavelle (2011 Frontier Fellow)
6) one copy of “The Majestics” catalog by Frontier Fellow, Richard Saxton, of his work while in Green River and featuring a music cd by 4-H Royalty
7) one set of three framed landscape photos taken in Green River by Frontier Fellow, Sarah Baugh, in August of this year
8) one voucher for $25 at w-o-r-d-u-p.biz by Frontier Fellow, Nicole Lavelle
9) one voucher for $50 at w-o-r-d-u-p.biz by Frontier Fellow, Nicole Lavelle

Want to win one of these unique gifts? Do these two things to be entered to win:

1) Donate $10 or more to Epicenter here* before Sunday December 16, 2012 at 6pm MST.
2) Tweet, write a blog post, share on Facebook, or email your friends about the Epicenter or the Frontier Fellowship. We’ll know if you’re being naughty (aka lying) or nice. We have elf spies all over the internet!

How It Works: For every $10 that you donate, you are entered to win. For example, if you donate $500, your name is entered into the drawings fifty times. Winners will be selected by random drawing of all entries submitted. The winners will be announced right here on our blog and via email on Sunday, December 16, 2012. If you would like more details on any of the prize items, please email Maria. Our prizes have been graciously donated by our Frontier Fellows and employees of Epicenter, and most of these pieces were made in or inspired by Green River, Utah. Items will be shipped on Monday, December 17, 2012. Please note that for prizes 8 & 9, Nicole will send the voucher in the mail on December 17th, not the final artwork.

Publicity: By participating, all winners grant Epicenter permission to use their names and locations in connection with promotion of this and other contests.

Taxes: All donations are tax-deductible. If you would like a receipt for your donation, please email Maria.

*We also accept checks and cash, but they must be in-hand by Saturday, December 15, 2012. Call or email us if you have any questions.

Friday, December 7th, 2012


M12’s BIG FEED Recap

(Clockwise from top right) Armando throws a snowball near Vail Pass, CO on the drive to the BIG FEED; stop-over in Glenwood Springs for the night to swim in the hot springs; M12’s The Black Hornet racing car; Jeff Himpele presenting “Men of Steel”

Epicenter had a blast at our first BIG FEED! The BIG FEED is an annual event held on the High Plains of Colorado by M12. It is a celebration of the regional landscape, experimental art and architecture, food, music, culture and community. This regional social helps connect rural community members with artists from around the world in a casual atmosphere. The event also builds opportunity for the larger public to learn more about the ground-breaking work presented by rural citizens, creatives, and cultural producers. Landing somewhere between a family reunion, potluck dinner, symposium, and festival, The BIG FEED is held the second weekend in October every year. This year’s BIG FEED was almost spoiled by rain Saturday morning and afternoon, but eventually the sun came out. Some of our favorite moments from the event include DJ Rockcrusher spinning Country and Western 78s, beer tasting by Lefthand Brewery, Cody & Chris Hall presenting their family’s racing history, Jeff Himpele’s presentation of his upcoming documentary about the steel guitar, the recent work of Ted Purves, and the live music dance party featuring Ethyl & the Regulars and 4H Royalty. Thanks for the great time, M12!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012


The Big Feed: A Regional Social

The BIG FEED is an annual event held by M12. We’re connected to M12 through it’s Creative Director, Richard Saxton, who was a Frontier Fellow at Epicenter this summer. The BIG FEED is a celebration of the regional landscape, experimental art and architecture, food, music, culture and community. It is a forum to connect community members and artists in a casual atmosphere, as well as an opportunity for the larger public to learn more about the groundbreaking work presented by the attending community members, artists, musicians, critics, and curators. Landing somewhere between a family reunion, potluck dinner, symposium, and festival, The BIG FEED is held the second weekend in every October. The event is open to the public and the cost of entry is one food item to share. We’ll see y’all there!

Click here for a full list of the 2012 programming.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012


Last Week to Get “The Majestics” Catalog

An On-site Installation, Jailhouse, Green River, Utah by Richard Saxton

This is the final week of sales for “The Majestics” Catalog. Order one here to receive a poster, music soundtrack, and map in addition to the catalog.

“The Majestics” catalog was completed as part of Richard Saxton’s Frontier Fellowship in Green River, Utah. The 26-page catalog documents the on-site installations, pictures displayed at Robber’s Roost Motel, drawings displayed in Epicenter, and the Trailside Museum at Epicenter. This project was made possible from support through the Teton Art Lab, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Epicenter. The catalog contains writing by Dr. Robert Nauman (author of several books and articles on contemporary art and architecture) as well as an introduction by Maria Sykes (Co-Director of Epicenter).

The Majestics Soundtrack (CD) by 4H-Royalty, a paper poster, and a paper map come with the purchase of the catalog.

Catalog: 8.5×5.5″; folds out to 17×5.5″; 26 pages; cardstock cover; contains one cd soundtrack
Soundtrack: screenprinted hawk; four tracks by 4H Royalty
Poster: 8.5×16.75″; plain paper; color print
Map: 11×17″; plain paper; black & white print

Monday, October 1st, 2012