Art in State Buildings

An exciting new South Dakota Arts Council opportunity for visual artists is the Art for State Buildings Program. The 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.

The five artists spearheading this challenge were: (to enlarge double click on the image)


Greta BodogaardGrete Bodogaard, Volin, Ginko Spring, weaving, Visitor’s Center in Pierre 

Dale C. Lamphere, Sturgis, Tall Grass, stainless steel scuplture, outside of the Pierre Foss Building Dale C Lamphere


Don Montileaux      Don Montileaux, Rapid City, Too Close this Time, colored pencil and India
     ink on antique ledger paper, Capitol Lake Plaza conference room, Pierre  


D. George Prisbe, Lead, North on Crooked Oaks,
oil on canvas, Legislative Conference Room, State Capitol
D. George Prisbe

Doris RudelDoris Rudel, Rapid City, Elements of Ritual, mixed media, Kneip Building entrance, Pierre

To view more artwork that has been chosen for purchase by the selection panels.

Artists A - H;
Artists I - R
Artists S - Z

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