SD artist laureate Dale Lamphere to speak at public event on art, architecture and community

Published: Aug 30th, 2017

Renowned sculptor and South Dakota artist laureate Dale Lamphere will give a free, public presentation as part of a celebration of art, architecture and community on Thursday, Sept. 14 in Sioux Falls.

An Evening of Art, Architecture and Community is sponsored by Architecture Incorporated and presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) South Dakota and the Great Plains chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel on 3200 W. Maple St., with tickets available to the public at no charge.

"Architects, much like sculptors, shape structures and objects, which in turn shape us,” said Gene Fennell, president of AIA South Dakota and owner of Fennell Design Inc. in Custer. “Design matters in every South Dakota community. This program highlights a conversation that is as important for individuals within design fields as it is for members of the public.”

Lamphere sculpted “Dignity,” the breathtaking figure that perches atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River in Chamberlain and is further immortalized in specialty state license plates. Lamphere has also been commissioned to build the Arc of Dreams, a massive stainless steel sculpture that will stretch our imagination as it reaches to span the Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls.

Lamphere will give a solo keynote presentation and take questions from the audience. An Evening of Art, Architecture and Community will also feature a panel discussion of how art and architecture shape community:

  • Panelist: Dan Pitera, FAIA, executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and recipient of the coveted Whitney Young Award 2017.
  • Panelist: Tanya Olson, ASLA, PLA, principal/owner at Tallgrass Landscape Architecture in Custer.
  • Panelist: Tim Barry, ceramics artist, Omaha Chamber of Commerce board member and managing partner of Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha.
  • Panelist: Kristine Bjerke, AIA, principal architect of Architecture Incorporated in Rapid City.
  • Panelist: Dale Lamphere, South Dakota artist laureate, sculptor, owner of Lamphere Studio near Sturgis and founding board member of Arts South Dakota.
  • Moderator: Patri Acevedo, AIA, CPHC, vice president/president-elect of AIA South Dakota and market leader with JLG Architects, Rapid City.

This public event is being held in conjunction with the Leading by Design convention organized by AIA South Dakota with support from the Great Plains chapter of ASLA. AIA South Dakota will continue organizing special events for the public and anticipates producing similar programming annually. This year’s sponsor, Architecture Incorporated, is a regional leader in innovative and award winning design for more than 40 years. Seating is limited. Guests must register in advance by visiting