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‘Community Tapestry’ invites artists to depict ‘What Healing Means to Me’

Installation at Monument Health Hospital to feature work of 20 artists

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Sept. 22, 2020) – Sculptor Dale Lamphere, South Dakota’s Artist Laureate, has been commissioned to create an art installation in Monument Health Rapid City Hospital’s new lobby. He’s inviting western South Dakota artists to join him in creating what he calls “Community Tapestry.”

“It’s the weaving together of diversity that creates the fabric of a community,” Lamphere said.

Lamphere’s piece will feature metal diamonds arranged in a 16-foot-wide by 32-foot-tall space. Twenty of the diamonds will showcase the work of other artists from the Black Hills and western South Dakota.

Artists are invited to submit a detailed proposal, including a sketch, description of materials and colors and a written statement explaining “What Healing Means to Me.” This opportunity is open to individuals, organizations, professional artists, amateurs, craft persons and hobbyists in western South Dakota. All non-electronic media are welcome: beads, quill, paint, quilt, mixed media, wood and metal will be considered.

If your submission is accepted for consideration, Lamphere and Monument Health will pay $100. If your submission is one of the 20 accepted for the final installation, you will receive $2,000 to create it.

“As the South Dakota Artist Laureate, I feel an obligation to encourage other artists,” he said. “We want people of all ages and abilities to share their ideas about healing.” He expects 50 to 75 proposals will be submitted.

The selected creations will be displayed prominently at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital, either woven into the Community Tapestry being created by Lamphere or included in a featured art display in the new hospital. Your name, biography, hometown and thoughts about your creation will be included with the display.

The deadline for submissions is Oct. 16. The selected submissions will be announced Nov. 2, and completed pieces must be delivered by Feb. 1, 2021. For more information, or to submit a proposal, visit or call Monument Health at 605-755-9100.

About Dale Lamphere
Dale Claude Lamphere, South Dakota’s Artist Laureate, has completed 60 major public sculptures, from the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., to the City of Burbank, Calif. His work covers the full spectrum from classic figurative sculpture in cast bronze to monumental fabricated stainless steel sculpture involving design, fabrication and structural engineering disciplines. Lamphere’s two most recent works, Dignity of Earth and Sky, a 50-foot monument along the Missouri River in Chamberlain, and the 300-foot Arc of Dreams over the Big Sioux River are examples of the innovative use of materials and technologies combined with this interdisciplinary approach.

About Monument Health
Headquartered in Rapid City, S.D., Monument Health is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. The system offers care in 33 medical specialties and serves 20 communities across western South Dakota and in eastern Wyoming. With over 4,500 physicians and caregivers, Monument Health is composed of 5 hospitals, 8 specialty and surgical centers and more than 40 medical clinics and health care service centers. Monument Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.


Stephany Chalberg
Public Relations Manager
Strategic Marketing and Communications
Monument Health

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