Priscilla Briggs


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, 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 video works have been screened in venues such as the Minneapolis International Film Festival, the Charles Theater in Baltimore, MD, and the Hillstrom Museum at Gustavus. Most recently my photography has been published in my monograph, Impossible Is Nothing: China's Theater of Consumerism, and the Thames & Hudson catalog for the exhibition Civilization: The Way We Live Now.


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), ART-258 (Video Art), and ART-291 (IS:Graphic Design)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-256 Digital Photography 27 2021/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 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-258 Video Art 25 2021/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 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-240 Darkroom Photography 14 2018/FA, 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-386 Digital Photography II 6 2022/SP, 2020/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2008/SP
ART-388 Video Art II 6 2022/SP, 2020/SP, 2015/SP, 2012/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/SP
ART-299 Junior Seminar 5 2022/SP, 2021/SP, 2020/SP, 2019/SP, and 2016/SP
ART-380 Darkroom Photogrphy II 5 2015/SP, 2011/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, and 2004/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-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