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

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-258Video Art192017/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-256Digital Photography182017/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-240Darkroom Photography132017/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-380Darkroom Photogrphy II52015/SP, 2011/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, and 2004/SP
ART-388Video Art II42015/SP, 2012/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/SP
ART-386Digital Photography II42015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2008/SP
ART-250New Media I32004/SP and 2003/FA
ART-260Introduction to Interactive Media22009/SP and 2008/SP
ART-360Interactive Media22006/SP and 2005/SP
ART-112Color and Composition22004/SP and 2003/FA
ART-299Junior Seminar12016/SP
ART-099Senior Show12015/FA
NDL-127Tourism in Thailand12007/JN
GEG-120Tourism in Thailand12005/JN
ART-399Senior Seminar12004/FA