Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Remembering the Family Farm

150 Years of American Prints

Moonlight / Z Bar by Phil Epp
Phil Epp United States, born 1946
Moonlight / Z Bar
Etching, aquatint, and drypoint

Spencer Museum of Art: Gift of Steven Schmidt, Class of 1958, 2000.0003 Epp was born near Henderson, Nebraska. He attended Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, and is active in Kansas and New Mexico. The 1881 Z-Bar Ranch, north of Strong City, Kansas, was recently designated as a national park “devoted to the prairie ecosystem.” Epp’s print shows the imposing (110 x 60 foot) stone barn. “Two ramps leading from the 2nd story ground-level allowed teams of horses to pull loaded wagons up to the granary on the third floor. The barn is so large that a skilled driver could turn the team and wagon in a complete circle while inside the barn and exit down the same ramp. Mr. Jones stabled his fine horses, dairy cattle, and occasionally hogs in the bottom floor of the barn. Two sets of stalls line the north and south walls on this level” (Tallgrass Prairie website). Sources