Featured Artists: Ken and Stephanie Goldman

At Aesthetics, we love working with artists, and Ken and Stephanie Goldman are one of our favorite artist teams. Ken and Stephanie have an enormous amount of experience and talent working in many forms from large scale murals, to drawing and painting in a variety of media. They have been a joy to work with [...]

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Start With an Assessment

Successful growth starts with an assessment. The best way to begin any project is to find out exactly where you stand. A thorough evaluation of your current standards, environments, and programs will help you set your goals and achieve your objectives more effectively and efficiently. Yet, surprisingly, many organizations jump right in without taking an […]

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The Art of Installing Art

For the past several months, our seasoned team of art installers and project managers have been overseeing the amazing collection of art going into Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Artists from around the country (and across the ocean) have contributed to the inspiring and welcoming creations in this beautiful, state-of-the art facility [...]

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Aesthetics Wins International Award for Art Program

Aesthetics, Inc. was awarded Highly Commended in the “Use of Art in Public and Private Spaces” for our work at Valley Children’s Healthcare. On July 15th, Annette received this prestigious award during the International Academy Awards ceremony at the 12th Design & Health World Congress and Exhibition in Vienna, Austria. The Use of Art in […]

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New Wall Graphics at BC Children’s Hospital

Aesthetics Inc. was commissioned by British Columbia Children's Hospital to create whimsical yet sophisticated large-scale environmental graphics for patient care areas of their new tower. Each floor is themed with a different animal and color palette. Patient rooms have interactive glass writing boards that help kids feel a sense of personalization. The new tower is [...]

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Creating Spaces That Nurture and Inspire

How do you inspire children who are sick, who are injured, who are fighting for their lives? How do you create spaces that nurture their imaginations and engage their senses of whimsy and joy? Drawing on our expertise in designing art programs and positive patient experiences, we know that appropriate and thoughtful art and design […]

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Annette at the Design & Health World Congress

Our leader and visionary, Annette Ridenour, will be speaking at the Design & Health 12th World Congress in Vienna, Austria on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Annette will be in Session 4: Innovation in Healthcare Design – Case Study Projects, talking about our “Salutogenic Approach to Design of Children’s Hospital”. She will be presenting the incredible […]

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Ancient Symbols Comprise the Aesthetics Logo

Experiencing the unique art, artifacts, and architecture of indigenous cultures has long been a passion of Annette Ridenour. In her travels, Annette noticed that prehistoric peoples often used symbols that feature the circle, triangle and spiral. “These symbols are part of our cultural DNA,” said Ridenour. “When founding Aesthetics, I wanted to use them as […]

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Aesthetics In The Beginning

Annette Ridenour founded Aesthetics; then an artist transplanted from the Bronx, NY to San Diego, CA and managing an art gallery in La Jolla. The year was 1977. An architect approached her asking to put together an arts program in a hospital, an experience that was new to her. “I began by inviting over twenty-five […]

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