Dale Claude Lamphere


In his 47-year career, Dale Claude Lamphere has created over 60 public monumental sculptures from Washington, D.C. to Burbank, California. His most recent is titled “Dignity” a 50-foot, 12-ton stainless steel sculpture in South Dakota, where he serves as the Artist Laureate. 

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard named Dale the South Dakota Artist Laureate in 2015, a position that has been vacant since the 1983 death of Oscar Howe, who was given the honor in 1954. He is the recipient of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts for Creative Achievement, is the past president of South Dakotans for the Arts, and serves on the board of directors of Arts SD. He was inducted into South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1987. Lamphere has also received the Anna Hyatt Huntington Award from the American Artists Professional League in New York.

Dale has always drawn inspiration from the land and people of the prairie and mountain environment where he lives. Innovative use of new materials and technologies are often incorporated in his evocative and elegant sculptures.