- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota now has an ambassador to promote the arts and represent the state’s varied artistic traditions.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Monday named sculptor Dale Lamphere South Dakota’s artist laureate. The Sturgis man is the first artist to receive the title since the death of renowned Native American artist Oscar Howe in 1983.

Daugaard says the state has a “rich tradition in the arts.” He adds that Lamphere will be an advocate for the arts and artists in the state.

Lamphere has been a professional sculptor for more than 45 years. His work includes the sculptures in the rotunda of the State Capitol that represent wisdom, courage, vision and integrity, and the “Spirit of Dakota” sculpture at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron.

Lamphere will serve a four-year term.

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