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category: Artist, date: 2015-04-08, by Otto Bochman
Lamphere, Artist Laureate
Dale Claude LamphereDale Claude Lamphere

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Lamphere As Artist Laureate

PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an executive order naming South Dakota artist Dale Lamphere of Sturgis as South Dakota's Artist Laureate.

Lamphere will be South Dakota's first artist laureate since the death of renowned Native American artist Oscar Howe. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Howe's birth.

"South Dakota has a rich tradition in the arts, and I hope that reestablishing the artist laureate position will emphasize that heritage," said Gov. Daugaard. "Dale Lamphere is an outstanding sculptor, and I know he will be an advocate for the arts and for South Dakota artists."

Dale Lamphere has been a professional sculptor for more than 45 years. Among his prominent works in South Dakota are the State Capitol rotunda's sculptures representing wisdom, courage, vision and integrity; the "Spirit of Dakota" sculpture at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron; and "Dignity," a forty-foot sculpture of a Native American woman that will be erected on the river breaks near Chamberlain this year.

Hunkayapi by Dale Claude LamphereHunkayapi by Dale Claude Lamphere

Under the terms of the executive order, Lamphere will serve a four-year term that ends on July 1, 2019. Future governors will have the opportunity, every four years, to name a new artist laureate to promote the arts and represent South Dakota's varied artistic traditions.

Hunkayapi Sculpture by Dale Claude Lamphere Honors Women in Lakota Culture

Hunkayapi stands in front of Prairie Edge Trading Co & Galleries in Rapid City South, Dakota. This photo was taken April 8, 2015.

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