Arts & Performances

Herb Mignery, Cowboy Artist

On the eastern edge of the Nebraska Sandhills in the small village of Bartlett is one of the largest bronze sculpture gardens in the country. With a population of 117, Bartlett may have the highest number bronze sculptures per capita of anywhere in the world. A courtyard garden in the center of town features 32 works all created by one artist... native son Herb Mignery.

Mignery is an acclaimed sculptor with works in public and private collections around the world. While the award-winning artist has lived in Colorado for the past few decades, Mignery 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**]

Michele Wolford


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