Stan Herd

Born in Protection, Kansas, Stan is known internationally for his large earthworks, living works of art done right on the ground. Sometimes called "the father of crop art," Stan has appeared in both Smithsonian and National Geographic Magazines as well as on major networks, and is one of Kansas's most famous living artists.


Stan Herd is a native Kansan known worldwide for his gigantic earthwork creations and is an accomplished fine art painter. Photos of his work have appeared in national publications including Smithsonian, National Geographic, People Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He has been featured on Sunday Morning, Good Morning America and NPR’s All Things Considered. He is the author of the book, “Crop Art and Other Works”, which is a chronicle of his early work. Although best known for his earthworks, Mr. Herd is receiving national recognition for his paintings. He had the distinction of being chosen as the first artist in residence at the Art of the Prairie Gallery in Sedan, Kansas. The gallery’s founder, Bill Kurtis, host of an A&E cable network documentary series, commissioned Stan Herd to create 24 paintings to be exhibited in the gallery. Stan is also is known for his murals which can be seen throughout the state. He also served as artistic director for the Aaron Douglas Celebration Mural.

In 2008, The Kansas Lottery commissioned nine paintings of the Kansas Scenic Byways to be created by Herd as the latest in the series of Made in Kansas lottery games. Mr. Herd visited each of the nine Scenic Byways as inspiration for his paintings. Four of the images appear on the new Painted Byways Scratch game tickets. The promotion also includes “Second Chance” drawings for the nine original paintings. The project’s goal was to draw attention to the scenic areas of the state as well as promote a well-known Kansas artist.

The Kansas Lottery, Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Department of Commerce (Travel & Tourism) and SouthWind Gallery of Topeka arranged a series of personal appearances by Mr. Herd at the various Byways throughout the summer of 2009.

Herd’s large works have been created around the world, and can be found in Kansas as well as Brazil, England, Cuba, China, Australia and other parts of the United States. Stan began work on "Young Woman of China," earlier this year, but it took over 15 trips to the country and several months worth of work to complete the project. It was created on a hillside in the Yunnan Province of Southwest China and is 500 feet long by 400 feet wide, or about the size of four football fields. Now in his 60s, the artist is looking for projects which don't require such intense labor, but so far Stan hasn't been shown any signs of slowing down.

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