Phil Epp was born in York, Nebraska, in 1946 and raised in rural Nebraska on a crop and cattle farm. He was awarded the Kansas Governor’s Artist Award in 1985, and his paintings have been shown at galleries in New Mexico, Chicago, Kansas City, and New York. Numerous monumental public works he produced have been awarded honors including Eight Wonders of Kansas Art in 2009 and Water Tower of the Year in 2010. In 2009, Phil was selected as a U.S. cultural ambassador to Kazakhstan with the Department of State’s Art in Embassies program. His work has been displayed in American embassies in Latvia, Africa, and Fiji. In 2010, he received Best of Show at the Panhandle Plains Invitational in Canyon, Texas.
Phil recently completed three large paintings for Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs professional football team. His recent induction into the CAA in 2016 is a monumental, yet humbling, honor and challenge. The wide-open spaces, horses, cowboys, Native Americans, and prairie creatures that inhabit the empty landscape have been a lifelong passion. Phil’s studio is based in Kansas and he continues to travel, photograph, and paint the wide-open Western vistas.