Ariadne (Ari) Albright

Woman (Ariadne Albright) standingAriadne (Ari) Albright is a visual artist and traveler who has spent three decades generating narrative paintings that explore themes of identity and belonging. Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ariadne (air-ee-odd-knee) received her B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Washington and M.F.A. in Painting from the University of South Dakota (USD).

Employed as an artist and art educator Ariadne, is the Arts Program Coordinator at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center (SVMC); an active roster artist with the South Dakota Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools and Communities Program (SDAC); initiated the arts in health curriculum within the College of Fine Arts at USD; and serves as board member of the National Organization of Arts in Health (NOAH).

“My primary purpose as an art educator is to facilitate connections between students and our visual culture. Because each person has varying abilities, interest levels and learning styles, our art exercises must be both engaging and relevant. Mural painting is a popular way to coordinate the elements of art, design and visual themes from art history with students of all ages. The classroom provides an opportunity to create an atmosphere of trust, creativity, scholarship and enthusiasm for the visual arts.

Based on the quality of life outcomes with clients of arts in health programming, Albright presents on artists working in healthcare including the MAYO Clinic Arts in Healthcare Symposium, Pioneer Network Conference and South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations Conference. Her first book, An Artist in Healthcare is still being “workshopped” by editors. A recent SDAC Artist Fellowship Grant facilitated her painting exhibition and visiting artist activities in Ankara, Turkey. Ari resides in Vermillion, South Dakota with cat “Walnut”, puppy “Hank” and sporadic visits from her college-age son, Cyrus.

Grade levels: Pre-K-12
Contact:: Ariadne (Ari) Albright
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: (605) 675-9830

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