Priscilla Briggs


Associate Professor in Art and Art History and Film and Media Studies

As a practicing artist, my work has evolved with my life experiences. I first realized my passion for the photographic image as a college student, when I spent every spare cent I had to buy film and photo paper. Since then, my work has evolved from portraiture to a more concept-driven approach to art-making. Lately, I have focused on themes related to consumerism and capitalism. This focus emerges from a concern for the environment and global economic inequities, as well as an interest in how identity and values are shaped or influenced by advertising and consumerism.

Since graduating with a BA degree from Carnegie Mellon University, my career path has been varied. Before coming to teach at Gustavus thirteen years ago, I had many experiences teaching studio art to students of all ages and diverse backgrounds. I enjoy teaching within the liberal arts mission of Gustavus and guiding students in their experience of the visual arts as both an intuitive and intellectual process.

Currently, I teach both Digital and Darkroom Photography as well as Video Art. My own video works have been screened in venues such as the Minneapolis International Film Festival, the Charles Theater in Baltimore, MD, the Women's Caucus for the Arts International Film Festival in Boston, MA, and the Hillstrom Museum at Gustavus. Most recently my photography has been exhibited at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis, Living Arts in Tulsa, OK and the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh.


B.A., Carnegie Mellon University; M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art

Areas of Expertise

Photography and Video

Courses Taught

ART-240 (Darkroom Photography), ART-256 (Digital Photography), and ART-258 (Video Art)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-258 Video Art 19 2017/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, and 2004/FA
ART-256 Digital Photography 18 2017/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, and 2004/FA
ART-240 Darkroom Photography 13 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, and 2005/SP
ART-380 Darkroom Photogrphy II 5 2015/SP, 2011/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, and 2004/SP
ART-388 Video Art II 4 2015/SP, 2012/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/SP
ART-386 Digital Photography II 4 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2008/SP
ART-250 New Media I 3 2004/SP and 2003/FA
ART-260 Introduction to Interactive Media 2 2009/SP and 2008/SP
ART-360 Interactive Media 2 2006/SP and 2005/SP
ART-112 Color and Composition 2 2004/SP and 2003/FA
ART-299 Junior Seminar 1 2016/SP
ART-099 Senior Show 1 2015/FA
ART-125 IrelandImage/Inspiratn 1 2014/JN
NDL-127 Tourism in Thailand 1 2007/JN
GEG-120 Tourism in Thailand 1 2005/JN
ART-399 Senior Seminar 1 2004/FA