Ariadne Albright

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). A SDAC Artist Fellowship Grant sponsored her solo exhibition and visiting artist activities in Ankara, Turkey in 2015. Her first manuscript, An Artist in Healthcare is being “work-shopped” by editors. Ari resides in Vermillion, South Dakota with a cat, dog and sporadic visits from her college-age son, Cyrus.

  • Board Member, National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH)
  • Roster Artist, South Dakota Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools and Communities Program (SDAC)
  • 2015: “Arts Engagement: An Alternative to Antipsychotics,” First Place, Performance Improvement Symposium, Sanford Health Network
  • 2015: SDAC Artist Collaboration Grant, authoring “Self Service: An Artist in Healthcare” , Pierre, SD
  • 2015: Embe Tribute to Women nominee, Field of Healthcare and STEM, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 2014:  Friend of Nursing Award nominee, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 2013 Artist Fellowship Grant, South Dakota Arts Council, Pierre, SD
  • 2015: “Supporting Wellness: The Power of Arts Invitation,” Pioneer Network, Chicago, IL,
  • 2015: “Sanford Arts Vermillion,” Performance Improvement Symposium, Sanford Health Network
  • 2014:“Art of Invitation: Supporting Wellness & Our Elderly,” Arts in Healthcare Symposium,  MAYO Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • 2014: “Care for Caregivers,” Global Arts and Health Alliance Conference, Houston, TX

Sanford Health Sioux Falls, SD

Sanford Health Vermillion, SD

Raven Industries, Sioux Falls, SD

Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Black Hills Surgical Center, Rapid City, SD

Turkish American Association, Ankara, Turkey.

"What I hadn’t expected is that there’d come a time where the bi-products of my art making: visual acuity, uncertainty and playfulness would be of service to others and prove congruent in a healthcare setting. This is a good thing."
Ari Albright
Director, Creative Care, LLC.

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Name:Ari Albright

Address:                                                       Vermillion, SD 

Phone: 605-675-9830



B.F.A. in Printmaking,  University of Washington

M.F.A. in Painting, University of South Dakota

Specialties: Murals, Painting, Drawing, Art Appreciation, Arts in Healthcare