Jim Kelly

Iowa City


I can still recite Jim Zabel’s call of the Chuck Hartlieb to Marv Cook touchdown to win the game against Ohio State in 1987. I had a VHS recording of the highlights from that game and I replayed that clip so much that I wore the tape out. I still get goose bumps when I hear that call!

about the artist

Jim was born in Iowa City, grew up in Galesburg Illinois, and raised a Hawk fan from birth with both parents U of Iowa 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 produced three Herkys for Herky on Parade in 2004 and in 2011, he participated in the BookMarks project.


Photographs of fans at Kinnick Stadium were printed on a self-adhesive vinyl material normally used to apply graphics to vehicles. Jim cut these large sheets of printed fan shots into smaller pieces and applied each to the statue. Herky was prepainted in black and gold to serve as a guideline when applying the black or gold sections of fans. He used small pieces of mirror for Herky’s mouth so that even if you cannot find yourself in one of the photos, you can still see yourself somewhere in Herky.


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