Stan Herd, a native Kansan known worldwide for his gigantic earthwork creations and an accomplished fine art painter. Photos of his art 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 Mr. Herd to create 24 paintings to be exhibited in the gallery. Mr. Herd also is known for his murals which can be seen throughout the state. He 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 is to draw attention to the scenic areas of the state, while promoting 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.