“The Making of Dignity” A Presentation By South Dakota Artist Laureate and Sculptor of Dignity Dale Claude Lamphere,



RAPID CITY, SD – The Journey Museum and Learning Center is excited to announce the next event in its Learning Forum Series set for Sunday, Jan. 15 titled ‘The Making of Dignity’. Dale Lamphere, sculptor of ‘Dignity’. the 50’ sculpture that overlooks the Missouri River near Chamberlain, SD, will discuss the process of making this incredible piece of art and will be joined by members of his fabrication crew and the three models he used to create ‘Dignity’.

‘The Making of Dignity’ will begin at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 in The Journey’s Wells Fargo Theater. South Dakota Artist Laureate and sculptor of ‘Dignity’, Dale Claude Lamphere, will be joined by his fabrication crew: Tom Trople, Andy Roltgen, Grant Standard and Brook Loobey and his three models: Sayna Trujillo, Sydney Claymore and Cante Heart. Lamphere’s wife, Jane Murphy, will be present to talk about the dedication ceremony.

Standing at a crossroads, ‘Dignity’ echoes the interaction of earth, sky and people. It brings to light the beauty and promise of the indigenous people and culture that still thrive in this land.

This soaring 50’ sculpture weighs 14 tons and is created entirely of stainless steel. The star quilt, an important symbol among the Lakota and Dakota people’s, is made of 128 diamonds, each 4’ long and painted in the colors of the sky and water that surround her. ‘Dignity’ is designed so the wind and sun move through her. At night, internal LED lighting shines through perforated stainless steel and illuminate the beadwork on her dress and leggings.

In the words of sculptor Lamphere, “I want to express the strength and grace of the human spirit using timeless design, contemporary materials and innovative technique. The intent is to have the sculpture stand as an enduring symbol of our shared belief that all here are sacred, and in a sacred place.”

Dale Claude Lamphere has completed over fifty major public commissions from the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., to the Eisenhower Medical Center and the City of Burbank in California. Recent creations have been placed in Chicago, Kansas City, Colorado Springs, Omaha, and Dallas.

In 2015, South Dakota Governor, Dennis Daugaard, named Lamphere the South Dakota Artist Laureate, a position that has been vacant since the 1983 death of Oscar Howe, who was given the honor in 1954. Lamphere has also received the Anna Hyatt Huntington Award and the Governor’s Award for Creative Achievement.

Admission for Learning Forums is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members, and FREE for students (ages 6 – 17) with a paid adult/senior admission (includes museum).

The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Make sure to visit http://www.journeymuseum.org to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

The Journey Museum & Learning Center
222 New York Street
Rapid City, SD 57701


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