Community Tapestry

‘What Healing Means to Me’

Community Tapestry

Project invites artists to explore ‘What Healing Means to Me’


Sculptor Dale Lamphere, South Dakota’s Artist Laureate, invites regional artists to collaborate with him on an art installation in Monument Health Rapid City Hospital’s new lobby. The piece is called “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 by 32-foot space. Twenty diamonds will showcase the work of Black Hills and West River artists. Selected artists will be paid $2,000 for their work.


Competition Details


Thank you for your interest in our Community Tapestry project. Monument Health and South Dakota Artist Laureate Dale Lamphere invite you to express what “What Healing Means to Me” with art.

Who can submit:

This opportunity is open to individuals, organizations, professional artists, amateurs, craft persons and hobbyists in western South Dakota or eastern Wyoming. All media are welcome: beads, quill, paint, quilt, mixed media, wood and metal are acceptable. (No electronic art, please.) 

We will pay $100 each for all qualified submissions that show your concept, including a detailed sketch, a description of materials and colors, and a written statement of “What Healing Means to Me.” If your idea is one of the 20 selected, we will pay you $2,000 to create the final piece. 

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

The Community Tapestry space is 32 feet tall and 16 feet wide with square diamonds of various sizes.

Your submission package should include:

  • A detailed sketch of your concept in the square diamond shape.
    • Please indicate the size of your creation: 12-, 18- or 24-inch square.
    • The sketch should be in color, or include a description of the colors/materials to be used.
    • Consider how your creation will look in relation to the space, and how it will complement the final Tapestry. (See the color key below.)
  • A written description of how your creation represents “What Healing Means to Me.”

How to submit:

  • Electronic: The submission form can be found HERE.
  • By Mail:
    Community Tapestry
    Monument Health
    Strategic Marketing and Communications
    PO Box 6000
    Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Hand Delivery:
    Monument Health
    Strategic Marketing and Communications
    2925 Regional Way
    Rapid City, SD

Important Dates:
Oct. 16, 2020 – Concept submissions due. EXTENDED TO OCT. 30. 

Nov. 18, 2020 – Selected submissions will be named.

Feb. 1, 2021 – Final creations must be delivered to Dale Lamphere.

Late spring, 2021 – Community Tapestry will be unveiled at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a professional artist to submit work? 

No, we welcome submissions from anyone who lives in the Black Hills or western South Dakota. Individuals, organizations, professionals, amateurs, crafts persons or hobbyists are invited.

You must be able to complete and deliver your final creation by Feb. 1, 2021.

What kind of art can be submitted? 

All media is welcome: beads, quill, paint, quilt, mixed media, wood and metal are acceptable. No electronic media please. 

Are there rules on what colors can be included in my art?

Monument Health has a color palette for the location that art installation will be placed. We ask creators to coordinate their submission with the colors and materials in the Monument Health space.

What size does my final creation have to be?

When you submit your proposal you will select your final artwork to be one of the following sizes:

  • 12-inch square (turned to a diamond)
  • 18-inch square (turned to a diamond)
  • 24-inch square (turned to a diamond)

What does my submitted proposal idea have to be?

When you turn in your proposal form, you will include a written description of your artwork as well as a written statement explaining how your concept represents “What Healing Means to Me.”

You will also need to create a sketch or small scale representation of what your final concept will be, this can be photographed and sent in electronically with your proposal, mailed or hand delivered.  

How do I submit my idea?

To submit to the Community Tapestry you must complete this form electronically or by hand. Also prepare a sketch or scaled down visual of your proposed artwork. That sketch can be scanned and emailed or you can drop off the work at 2925 Regional Way at the Monument Health Corporate Office building. Please call 605-755-9100 to set up a time to drop your submission off. 

Do I get paid for my work?

Yes, if your sketch and submission form is accepted for consideration, we will pay $100. If your piece is chosen you will be paid $2,000 to create your piece. 

What are my deadlines?

You must complete the Submission Form and create a sketch of your proposal by Oct. 16, 2020.

Selections will be made by Nov. 2, 2020.

You must be able to produce and deliver your final creation by Feb. 1, 2021. 

Contact Us

If you have questions on the submission process, please call 605-755-9100.