Dale Claude Lamphere

South Dakota Artist Laureate

Dale Claude Lamphere’s dynamic sculpture explores a broad range of materials and subjects from monumental landscapes, to human forms, to the abstract. His exceptional body of work includes both contemporary sculpture and classic figurative works.  After 47 years as a professional sculptor, Lamphere still finds natural forms an enduring inspiration that evoke in him a distilled and elegant response. The common thread that runs through his work is the lyric gesture and full volume that he sees in his mountain and prairie environment.

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An exciting and innovative new monument has taken shape on the Great Plains.

Led by South Dakota Artist Laureate Dale Lamphere, a team of professionals in the Black Hills worked steadily to create Dignity.

The sculpture is located at the Lewis & Clark rest area above the Missouri River near Chamberlain. The soaring 50’ stainless steel sculpture depicts an American Indian woman holding a star quilt made of diamonds in shades of blue.

“Wind and sun will pass through the sculpture so that rather than resisting the natural environment she moves with it,” Lamphere said. “She is of the earth and sky and the water that surround her.”

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Governor Daugaard Appoints Lamphere As Artist Laureate

Dale Claude 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. Dale Lamphere is an outstanding sculptor, and I know he will be an advocate for the arts and for South Dakota artists.” – Governor Dennis Daugaard


Philanthropist Donates Monumental Gift of Public Art

“The statue Dignity will inspire all of us to make the most of the potential and abilities we are born with. She will encourage citizens and visitors to strive for excellence in the hope of living a better life.” – Norm McKie

In the summer of 2014, Norm McKie approached Dale Lamphere with an idea for a gift of public art to all the people of South Dakota. Over the next 2 1/2 years Lamphere refined the concept, designed the sculpture, and created the 50′ fabricated stainless steel monument.

Dignity has come to life.