Priscilla Briggs


Associate Professor in Art and Art History and Program Director in 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 ten 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 Charles Theater in Baltimore, MD, the Women's Caucus for the Arts International Film Festival in Boston, MA, and the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. My photography has been exhibited most recently at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutger's University, Mason Hall Atrium Gallery at George Mason University, and the Hillstrom Museum at Gustavus. My work is also included in the Midwestern Photographer's Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.


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-380 (Darkroom Photogrphy II), ART-386 (Digital Photography II), and ART-388 (Video Art II)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-258Video Art162014/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 Photography152014/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 Photography102014/FA, 2013/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, and 2005/SP
ART-380Darkroom Photogrphy II42011/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, and 2004/SP
ART-386Digital Photography II32013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2008/SP
ART-388Video Art II32012/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/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
NDL-127Tourism in Thailand12007/JN
GEG-120Tourism in Thailand12005/JN
ART-399Senior Seminar12004/FA