Palmer Eide


Palmer Eide, member of the Augustana College faculty from 1931 to 1971, advanced to become full professor and chairman of the Department of Art during his career. His work is displayed on campus as well as in sanctuaries and public places across the region. Eide's liturgical work on campus includes the walnut statue of the "Glorified and Risen Christ" in the Chapel of Reconciliation along with a font and dove, pulpit, and altar that he designed and built. He collaborated with Ogden Dalrymple to create "The Sower" found in the Chapel's entrance hall and "Creatures of Creation" on the exterior of Mikkelsen Library.


  • Diploma, Augustana Academy, Sioux Falls, SD, 1927
  • B.A. Degree, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, 1930
  • Art Institute, Chicago, IL, 1930-31, Summers 1932-33
  • Harvard University, MA, 1941-42
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI, Summer 1946

Professional Experience

  • Instructor of Art, Augustana College, 1931, advancing to rank of Professor of Art and Chairman of Department of Art; retired in 1971
  • Visiting Fulbright Professor of Industrial Design at the National College of art, Lahore, Pakistan, 1964-65
  • Visiting sculptor, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 1979-81

Partial List of Commissions

  • Sioux Falls City Hall, SD — relief sculpture
  • Sylvan Lake Hotel in Black Hills, SD — relief sculpture
  • Christ the Victor Chapel, First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD — sandcast wall and aluminum sculpture
  • First Presbyterian Church, Sioux Falls, SD — mosaic
  • Mikkelsen Library, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD — "Creatures of Creation" relief sculpture (with Ogden Dalrymple), 1976
  • Humanities Center, Augustana College, Sioux Fall, SD — "Muse of Music" stone sculpture (with Ogden Dalrymple), 1982
  • St. Philip's Church, Fridley, MN — baldachin
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencer, IA — three-dimensional cross
  • Jehovah Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN — figure of Christ in wood sculpture; sandcast chapel wall; wood door pulls; baptismal sculpture
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Rapid City, SD — stone sculpture
  • Memorial Lutheran Church, Pierre, SD — chancel design
  • Chapel of Reconciliation at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD — figure of Christ in wood sculpture; altar, pulpit, baptismal font and dove;  processional cross; and  "The Sower" fresco (with Ogden Dalrymple), 1949
  • First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD — processional cross
  • Slayton Lutheran Church, MN — reredos, wood carvings
  • St. Joseph's Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD — Christus Rex wood sculpture in chapel;  processional cross for sanctuary
  • Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD — "Northlander Bears" stone sculpture (assisted by Ogden Dalrymple), 1978
  • Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD — 125th Anniversary stone sculpture "Hindsight, Insight, Foresight" (assisted by Ogden Dalrymple), 1986
  • American College Testing Complex, Iowa City, IA — cherry wood sculpture
  • Bethesda Chapel, Watertown, WI (with Ogden Dalrymple) — wood sculpture
  • Brookings Public Library, Brookings, SD — South Dakota Centennial stone sculpture


  • Art Students' League, Art Institute, 1931
  • American Institute of Architects Scholarship to Harvard, 1936-37
  • Fellowship, Yale University, 1941-42
  • Who's Who in American Art
  • Dictionary of International Biography
  • International Directory of Arts
  • Personalities of the West and Midwest
  • Who's Who in the Midwest
  • Who's Who in the Humanities
  • First place award in sculpture, 1963, American Architectural Guild
  • Augustana College Alumni Achievement Award, 1962
  • Awarded Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree, St. Olaf College, 1968
  • Biennial Governor's Award in the Arts, 1976
  • 125th Anniversary Award, Augustana College, 1986
  • Artist of the Plains Award, Center for Western Studies, 1989


  • Raised in Baltic, SD
  • Married Esther Hokenstad, 1934-1978
  • Married Marie Bresee, 1980
  • Two children: Peter, 1936; Mary, 1944
  • Raised from early childhood two nephews: James and Alan Berdahl