Art in State Buildings
State Statute 1-22-10
The Art in State Buildings program is a result of State statute 1-22-10, which stipulates that state buildings should include works of art for public display. The statute was funded by the State Legislature in 2007 when Governor Michael Rounds recommended an annual $20,000 budget to purchase art, creating a State Art Collection.
In order to receive this appropriation, five prominent South Dakota artists donated works of art to the State valued at over $20,000. Sculptor Dale C. Lamphere, who at that time was President of South Dakotans for the Arts, launched the idea and found generous artists to donate. The challenge put forth by Dale and four other artists to the Governor and Legislature was that the work would only be given to the State if the Legislature appropriated an equal amount on an on-going basis for the Art for State Buildings Program.
The challenge worked and the appropriation became a reality. In January, 2008, at a Pierre Cultural Heritage Center reception, the works were accepted on behalf of the State of South Dakota.
Proposals are reviewed by a five-member advisory committee to the SD Arts Council, the agency charged with managing the program. As set up in statute, the selection committee is made up of a building representative; a community member with visual arts expertise appointed by the mayor of Pierre; a representative of the agency; a visual arts professional appointed by the Arts Council; and an Arts Council member with expertise in visual arts.
Selection of artwork is based on quality of the work; the artwork’s relevance to South Dakota environment, history, heritage or culture; professional experience of the arts; permanence and safety, as required for public artworks.
It is our privilege to showcase this Artwork Collection chosen for purchase by the selection panels.