Hilary Braysmith earned her B.A. degree in foreign language from the University of Redlands, Redlands, California, studied at the Freie Universität, Berlin, Eberhard-Karls Universiät, Tübingen, Germany and earned her Ph.D. in Art History from The Ohio State University. Her major area of concentration was 19th and 20 century art with two minor areas—one in 18th century and the other in video art. Braysmith has presented numerous papers and published on a variety of topics, including on the German Romantic painter, Caspar David Friedrich, the Abstract Expressionist Stephen Pace, the roots of modern aestheticism in the evolution of landscape gardening practice and theory, women as athletic agents in Chicano/a muralism, women's soccer as a mode of feminist resistance, and painting in East and West Berlin.
Braysmith's awards include the H. Lee Cooper award for teaching excellence in the core curriculum, Rotary, Fulbright and Germanistic Society of America fellowships to research in Germany and an NEH fellowship to the East-West Center, Manoa, Hawaii.
Braysmith is dedicated to community engagement in teaching and service. She has served on the Evansille Museum of Arts, Science, and History's education committee, on the board of the Evansville African American Museum, and currently on the Evansville Public Art Commission and on the College Art Association of North America's National Committee on Education.