January 17th, 2013
GAIL RICH – Skip Epperson


Skip Epperson. Photo: Shmuel Thaler

As a visual artists go, Skip Epperson must be the envy of many. After all, people typically encounter his work by sitting in a comfortable seat and gazing at it for an hour or two. Skip’s art is theater set design and few would argue with calling him Santa Cruz County’s finest in that field. A theater arts faculty member at Cabrillo College for more than 20 years, Skip is most known for his innovative designs for Cabrillo Stage, the professional musical-theater company that operates out of Cabrillo’s Crocker Theater each summer. From “Into the Woods” to “Wizard of Oz” to last summer’s zany holiday comedy “A Night at the Nutcracker.” Skip’s signature style is not going for the obvious, for often opting for the abstract or surreal. His distinctive work was noticed in a big way when he was awarded the prestigious Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship for 2008-09, given to the area’s elite visual artists.

5 thoughts on “GAIL RICH – Skip Epperson

  1. I had the honor of working with Skip 25 years ago as well as the pleasure of being one of his students at VCU. Skip is not only an amazing artist, but he is an amazing person! Congratulations Skip!

  2. This oculd not be awarded to a more deserving person. Besides being a brilliant artist, he energetically serves as a mentor to aspiring young designers. He came to our production class at Scotts Valley High and gave of his time and expertise to a room full of young artists, refusing any compensation. I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to watch him teach. What an amazing experience also to perform on his beautiful sets! He makes the vision of the director and the text of the play come alive for audience and actor alike. This guy could be working anywhere — as big as it gets. Yet, he choses to share his talents with us. What a win for Santa Cruz!

  3. In college, Skip was a kind and creative man. It is not a surpise to me that his life has remained on that same path. Amazing people tend to lead amazing lives…. in the ways that they touch others…and Skip exemplifies this ideal.

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