Sanchez Art Center is pleased to host an exhibition by the 2008
and 2009 Rydell Fellowship award winners, opening Friday, June
25, from 7 to 9 p.m., and extending through Sunday, July 18. Exhibition
curator Susan Hillhouse, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections,
Museum of Art & History @ the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz, will
give a talk on closing day, July 18, at 4 p.m.
The Rydell Visual Arts Fund, created by Roy
and Frances Rydell to promote Santa Cruz County artists and arts organizations, is
administered by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Eligible artists are
nominated by regional visual arts organizations and final selection is made based on
artistic merit by a panel of arts professionals from outside the Santa Cruz area.
The 2008 and 2009 recipients recently exhibited together at the Museum of Art &
History in Santa Cruz, and Sanchez Art Center is fortunate to be able to host
their second exhibition.
William “Skip” Epperson’s field
is design for the theatre. He holds an MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University,
and has taught theatrical design and backstage theatre for the past sixteen years at
Cabrillo College, where Epperson currently serves as the Theatre Arts Program Chair.
Of his work, he says, “The sketches, the drafting, the painter’s renderings, and the
models that I create as a designer, are a means to an end. They are utilized as an
attempt to represent the ideas that are instilled in my heart and mind as the perfect
environment for the ‘world’ of the play.”
Terri Garland has photographed in the South
since 1989, investigating and pursuing with curiosity the social landscape of the region, from
the Ku Klux Klan to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Her photographs delve deep into American
history and the American psyche. Some of her photographs, such those of the Ku Klux Klan, are
indeed disturbing. Garland explains, “The dualities of life and death, desire and constraint,
the secular and the sacred are but some of the ideas which draw me to the South. During my
travels, I have often observed and shown darkness. In continuing this work, what I am beginning
to discover is some small fragment of salvation beyond the margins of the obvious.” Among her
awards are a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and an Arts Silicon Valley photography
Felicia Rice’s work involves the fascinating
intersection of words and images. In 1977 she founded Moving Parts Press, and began her career
as a printer, teacher, literary/fine arts publisher, and book artist. In her own words,
she collaborates “with visual artists, performing artists and writers to create book
structures in which typography and the visual arts meet and merge.” Moving Parts
Press has been included in exhibitions and collections both nationally and
internationally, from book shows in New York and Frankfurt to the Victoria & Albert
Museum, and has also received numerous awards and grants from organizations that
include the National Endowment for the Arts and the French Ministry of Culture.
has worked in a variety of media, including jewelry and metalsmithing,
fiber and textile structures, collage, installation and most recently
encaustic. She brings a “textile sensibility” to the ancient medium
of encaustic, a painting technique that involves mixing beeswax
with damar resin and suspending pigment in the wax medium. “In
merging these two disciplines along with my limited choice of
materials, I create a newly formed language,” says Woolf. Her
work has been exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Pittsburg
Center for the Arts, and internationally at the British Craft
Centre, London and Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne.
She teaches popular encaustic workshops and writes the blog Encausticopolis
about all things wax.