“Always, my pictures involved the land-fields of wheat and alfalfa, crossed by country roads leading nowhere and everywhere.”
Stan Herd was born in Protection, KS in 1950. From an early age he was interested in drawing and portraying life in rural America. He attended Wichita State University on an Art scholarship. After college, Herd returned to his agricultural roots by pioneering an art form called Crop Art. His work involves manipulation of plants, soil and rock to create masterpieces on such a grand scale that they must be viewed by airplane, hilltop or another high vantage point. Herd’s Crop Art, or Earthworks, have been created around the world including England, Cuba, Australia and the United States. He has been featured in Rolling Stone, Esquire, Interview and Art Forum magazines. One of his most famous Earthworks, “Countryside,” was installed in 1994 in New York on property owned by Donald Trump. In 1994, Herd produced a book featuring his crop art. An award winning film, “Earthwork,” was released in 2010, holding its Kansas premiere in Lawrence. Along with the attention Herd has received for his Crop Art, he has been recognized for his mural works throughout the United States. Here in Dodge City he has murals on the Bank of America and National Beef buildings. Herd currently resides in Lawrence where he plans his works of art as well as his commercial commissions of Crop Art which have included Neiman Marcus, Papa John’s Pizza, TNT’s TV series “Dallas,” Absolut Vodka, Garth Brooks and U.S. News and World Report.
Year inducted: 2013