Herb Mignery, Cowboy Artist

Nebraska Stories

Air Date: 04/16/2020

In the small village of Bartlett, located on the eastern edge of the Nebraska Sandhills, lies one of the country's largest bronze sculpture gardens. With a population of approximately 100 residents, Bartlett boasts the highest number of bronze sculptures per capita in the world.The garden began with a single monument donated by renowned sculptor and native son of Bartlett, Herb Mignery, along with his wife, Sherry.

Today, the garden proudly displays 50-plus bronze works. Despite residing in Colorado for many years, Mignery's ties to his hometown remain strong. The award-winning artist has never forgotten his early days growing up in Bartlett, roping cattle and working on the family ranch. After a recent homecoming, it’s also clear, Bartlett has never forgotten him.


Mignery always knew the ranching life wasn’t for him. Instead, he found himself in his art and became a world-class sculptor, explaining, “art chooses you.”

To explore Mignery’s work up close, check out these virtual reality 3D photogrammetry models of selected sculpture works and hear Herb Mignery reflect on his vision for these works.

Bohemian Lady

Trails West

Green Apples

The Journey

[NOTE: interact using your computer & mouse, smartphone or iPad to zoom in and out and to move the sculpture around. Or use your VR headset or viewer to walk around the sculpture in your living room. **And keep the volume up to hear Mignery discussing his work**]

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Michele Wolford