The Other Side of Campus

Episode 29: The Aesthetics of Health with Megan Hildebrandt

July 3rd, 2022

Katie and Dixie speak with Professor Megan Hildebrandt whose unique life journey, which conjoined her artistic development with serious unexpected health issues, led her to become an "arts in healthcare advocate." Her experiential learning class, the Aesthetics of Health, won a Texas Tower award in 2021 and is a proving ground for the beneficial effects of artmaking in healthcare spaces. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!


Megan Hildebrandt received her BFA from the Stamps School of Art & Design in 2006, and her MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida in 2012. Hildebrandt has exhibited widely, including: The Painting Center, New American Paintings, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Arlington Arts Center, Detroit Contemporary, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Hyde Park Art Center, The Torpedo Factory, and The Painters Room. Hildebrandt has also recently had her writing on arts pedagogy during the pandemic published in Art Education, The Journal of the National Art Education Association. In 2018, Hildebrandt received an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Aesthetics of Health Course she developed for Interlochen Arts Academy. An artist, educator, and arts-in-health advocate, Hildebrandt currently lives and works in Austin, Texas, where she is the Director of the First-Year Core Program in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas.

PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on October 8th, 2021 via Zoom.

Assistant Producers/Hosts: Dixie Stanforth and Katie Dawson
(Intro theme features the following faculty in order: Jen Moon, Daron Shaw, Rich Reddick, Diane McDaniel Rhodes, Siobhan McCusker, Moriba Jah, and Stephanie Seidel Holmsten)
Music by Charlie Harper (
Additional Background music by Charlie Harper, Scott Holmes, Ketsa, and Blue Dot Sessions
Produced by Michelle S. Daniel
Creator: Mary C. Neuburger

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