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Meet Our Artist: Jim Urban

Local sign painter, scenic artist, and muralist Jim Urban has been painting barn signs at UCSC since the early 1980s.

Many people assume that the signs on the Barn Theater are digitally output. Not so! Jim produces all the artwork by hand. He projects the artwork after dark onto a freshly painted panel and hand sketches the design onto the panel. He then hand paints the sign during daylight hours. The entire process may take 3–5 days to complete.

Jim’s signage can be seen at numerous Bay Area businesses, and over the years his beautiful banners were on display during Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s summer season at UC Santa Cruz.