Ariadne (Ari) Albright is an artist and traveler who has spent three decades creating 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, Ari is the Arts Program Coordinator at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center (SVMC); a roster artist with the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC); she initiated the arts in health curriculum at USD and serves as board member of the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH).
Rebecca Froehlich is a communication professional and visual artist. She received her BFA in Painting from the University of South Dakota in 2017 and professional development as an Artist in Healthcare from USD & the University of Florida. She received her Master of Arts in Education at Augsburg University in 2022. She has experienced making community-based art in hospitals, independent living, dementia care, urban neighborhoods, rural small towns, and more. Her preferred media includes painting and fiber arts, but she always loves the opportunity to learn new projects. She also loves to get outdoors, take photos, and appreciate the beauty of nature.
In 2021, I retired from teaching high school art, then transitioned to an artist in a healthcare career. A Michigan native, I transplanted to South Dakota in the early 90s. I have led workshops for art teachers and adults and taught children of all ages. My present work focuses on creatively engaging elderly populations within care settings and bringing arts interactions to adults with disabilities. I employ a variety of two- and three-dimensional fine art, crafts, and basic music experiences. I prefer to mesh a bit of art or music knowledge within the making and doing to provide participants a sense of accomplishment and originality.