The Arts

Sturgis is a small community with a big fine arts footprint! Learn more about our local arts organizations below, and take time to participate in our self-led Sturgis ARTWALK tour of nearly 30 sculptures throughout town.

The Arts


Sturgis is proud to be home of numerous breathtaking sculptures and public art pieces in a variety of mediums. Home of renowned scupltor and South Dakota Artist Laureate, Dale Lamphere, Sturgis has embraced the arts for many years and even features several of his sculptures.

Spend an afternoon touring Sturgis by car, bicycle, motorcycle, or foot to take in the beauty of these artistic works. Click the button below to view the new 2023 Sturgis ARTWALK map and brochure, including five new 2023 sculptures. The ARTWALK will unveil five new sculptures on June 1st, 2024 during the Sturgis Art Festival.

The Sturgis ARTWALK is a collaborative initiative by the Downtown Sturgis Foundation, Sturgis Area Arts Council, Greater Sturgis Foundation, and City of Sturgis:

2023 Sturgis ARTWALK Map

2023 New Sculpture Brochure

2023 Unveiling Ceremony Poster

Sturgis Art Festival

The Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau hosted our third annual downtown Sturgis Art Festival in June of 2024! The event was a huge success and highlighted the many art and craft vendors, food vendors, and performers in our culturally-rich area. Click below to learn more about this new annual event:

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Sturgis Area Arts Council

In the mid-1970s, an organization named “Why Not Sturgis?” was formed to promote the arts in the Sturgis, South Dakota community.

In 1979, that group evolved when the Sturgis Area Arts Council was founded and officially recognized by the local government.

The mission of the Sturgis Area Arts Council is “to initiate, sponsor, and conduct public programs to further the development, an awareness of, and interest in, the Arts.” To achieve this goal, the Council works closely with all facets of the community. The Council relies greatly upon donations and sponsorships from local individuals and businesses and encourages local participation by presenting programs using local artists.

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