April and Jim Kelly

Iowa City


Since its formation in 1904, Hills Bank and Trust Company has been involved with agriculture and farm families in Eastern Iowa. Agriculture is intertwined with our history, heritage and values, and it remains an important part of our culture today. We are grateful for all the hard work, progress and innovation that have come from agriculture’s farm producers and agri-businesses over the past three decades.

about the artist

Having parents that graduated from the University of Iowa, Herky has been a major part of April’s life ever since she was a young child. April attended the University of Iowa where she graduated with a BA in Studio Art and Art Education before going on to receive her MAT from Rockford College in Illinois. She has taught art for 13 years and is currently employed in the Iowa City Community School District. In 2011, she took part in the Bookmarks project and created “Alice in Wonderland.”

Jim was born in Iowa City, grew up in Galesburg Illinois, and raised a Hawk fan from birth with both parents UI grads. He received his BFA in 3D studio arts/Sculpture from Northern Illinois University and is now Co-Owner/General Manager of Lucky Pawz Dog Daycare & Boarding. Jim has always enjoyed being creative and takes every chance he gets to use his degree to be involved in projects. He and his wife Kelly have three children.


Playing off “The Children of the Corn” name, Jim and April worked on this life-size ear of corn in their family room when the garage became too cold. They enveloped Herky in a husk made of chicken wire and covered the body in individual foam-hardened kernels.


Hills Bank and Trust, 1009 2nd St, Coralville

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