Connie Herring was born and grew up on a farm near Iowa City, Iowa, and now lives and works full time on her sculpture near Sioux Falls, S.D. She earned a Master of Fine Art degree in sculpture from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska, in 1974. Ms. Herring was Assistant Professor of Art at Dakota State University at Madison, South Dakota, until 1990 when she moved to Iowa. She received a Project Grant for “Circle of Hope,” a multimedia installation, from the Iowa Arts Council, and has received an Artist Fellowship Grant, as well as a touring arts grant for “The Clearing,” a multimedia installation, from the South Dakota Arts Council. She received the Sioux Falls, SD. Mayor’s Awards 2009, for Excellence In Visual Arts, and was nominated for a United States Artist fellowship.
Connie has been a part of 61 group exhibits and has had 49 solo exhibitions including the Visual Arts Center, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Norfolk Art Center, Norfolk, NE; Wayne State College, Wayne, NE; Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA; CSPS gallery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mt. Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota; Frogman’s Press and Gallery, Beresford, South Dakota; Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa; Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, Iowa; Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, Iowa; Oscar Howe Art Center, Mitchell, South Dakota; South West State University, Marshall, Minnesota; Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota; University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota; New Gallery, School of Mines, Rapid City, South Dakota; and Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota. In addition, her work has been exhibited in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Taiwan.
Connie teaches numerous workshops around the midwest on a variety of arts subjects. She also has been artist in residence at the Sioux City Arts Center, and has taught an interim class on installation art, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA
Her sculptures and installations are represented in the books Sculpture: Technique: Form: Content, Beginning Sculpture, and The Sculpture Reference, all by Arthur Williams.