South Dakota’s Great Faces: Arndt Dahl
PIERRE, S.D. – The achievements and generosity of South Dakota businessman Arndt (Art) Dahl, including his donation of the Dahl Art Center in Rapid City, S.D., make him one of South Dakota’s Great Faces.
Dahl was born on April 25, 1897, in Wisconsin and spent much of his childhood in Minnesota. Dahl’s plans to attend college were quickly changed by his father’s untimely death. In 1917, Dahl began a banking career in Toronto, S.D., and continued to work in banks in Toronto and Castlewood, S.D., for 14 years.
In 1931, Dahl became a bank examiner, which brought him to Rapid City. He was in the banking business for 60 years, and became one of the most successful bankers in South Dakota.
Dahl funded construction of the Stavkirke Chapel in the Hills as a tribute to the values his parents instilled in him. He also funded the building of the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City as an expression of gratitude to the people in the area.
The Dahl Arts Center opened in 1974 and continues to be a premier western South Dakota arts center for visual arts, art education, and performing arts.
Dahl received the South Dakota Governor’s Award for Outstanding Support of the Arts in 1975.
South Dakota’s Great Faces weekly press release series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism, designed to highlight people who have had significant impacts on South Dakota, particularly in the visitor industry. Click on the special “South Dakota’s Great Faces” link at www.MediaSD.com to access the complete list of articles.