High Desert Test Sites heads to Green River, Utah for our next "big" event, HDTS: Epicenter, October 9–12, 2015!
Following the epic HDTS 2013 event, which took us on the road to Albuquerque, New Mexico, we are turning our focus in 2015 to the communities and contemporary art programs in rural Utah. For our next event we will be partnering with Epicenter, a Green River-based organization founded in 2009 by a group of architectural designers, in the spirit of Samuel Mockbee's visionary Rural Studio. We are inspired by the energy and vision at Epicenter, and by the ways in which they provide resources to local residents through active involvement in their intimate community.
HDTS: Epicenter is a collaborative curation of artists' projects, along with many regional points of interest and programs in diverse locations in and around the rural Utah community of Green River. Participating artists include:
Alyse Emdur & Michael Parker
Butchy Fuego & the Seeing Trails DFA (Division of Fine Art)
Kathleen Johnson & Mark So
Alison Kinney, Daniel Nickerson, Cyrus Smith & Matt Takiff
Jordan Topiel Paul & J. Gordon Faylor
Ephraim Puusemp, Kiersten Puusemp & Raivo Puusemp
A few facts about Green River:
- Green River's backdrop, the Book Cliffs, which rise up to 1,000 feet high, is the largest continuous escarpment in the world at 240 miles long.
- Green River is famous for its melons - up to 16 varieties are available from June through October. The world's largest watermelon, a giant wooden watermelon slice on wheels, is also in town.
- The 110-mile stretch between Green River and Salina, Utah, on Interstate-70 is the longest portion of interstate in the lower 48 states without services.
HDTS: Epicenter is made possible through support from: National Endowment for the Arts (ArtWorks-Design), Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Utah’s Emery County Travel Board, Sorenson Legacy Foundation.