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Patricia A. Briggs
Patricia Briggs is an arts writer, curator, and art historian. She is the director of galleries, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York. Her writing appears in Artforum, History of Photography, Woman’s Art Journal, Art on Paper, and other print and online journals. In addition to curating exhibitions at the Weeks Gallery, she has curated exhibitions for UW-Parkside Galleries, Weisman Art Museum, Phipps Center for the Arts, Plains Art Museum, and the Tweed Museum of Art. She received her PhD in art history from the University of Minnesota. She writes the blog Scene Unseen about art in her community.
Ph.D., Art History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1998. Dissertation: Historicizing Matisse’s Representations of Women: Gender and Artistic Expression in the Age of Consumer Culture.
M.A., Art History, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1989. Thesis: Four of Velázquez’s Bodegones Considered.
B.F.A., Art History and Studio Arts (double major), The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1984.
Director of Galleries, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections | The Weeks Gallery | Jamestown Community College | Jamestown, New York, November 1, 20013 – present
Acting Director and Curator of Galleries | University of Wisconsin-Parkside | June 2011-July 2013
- Founding Director, created vision and mission for three galleries, UW-Fine Arts Gallery, UW-Foundation Gallery, E. H. Mathis Gallery
- Organized community-wide exhibition collaborations with faculty and students, local museums, galleries, non-profits, public schools and business owners: “Chalk Talk Kenosha,” “Quick Response: Artists on the Root River,” “Stealing Like an Artist: Newspaper Poetry from the Community,” “Veterans Book Project: Community-Wide Exhibition”
Independent curator and arts writer | September 2010 – June 2011
- Created Scene Unseen, blog focused on author’s studio and exhibition visits.
Associate Professor of Liberal Arts | Minneapolis College of Art and Design | 2008 -2010
Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts | 2002 -2008
Lecturer in Liberal Arts | 1999 -200
- As a critic, covered Twin Cities area exhibitions for Artforum International (1997-2010)
- Courses Taught: Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Art and Theory; Undergraduate liberal arts courses: Readings in Contemporary Art; Art in the Cities (built around field trips to local galleries and museums); Gender, Art and Society; Imaging the Land: Landscape and the Cultural Imagination; Western Art Survey: Ancient to Medieval; Western Art Survey: Renaissance-Rococo; Western Art Survey: 19th and 20th century; A life in Art: Picasso (writing course for freshman art students).
- Shangyuan Art Museum Residency Program (Beijing, China) Advisor, member Art Management Committee, 2010-present.
- Wisconsin State Assembly adjournment by Senator Bob Wirch (D-Kenosha) “In honor of Patricia Briggs for Chalk Talk Kenosha exhibited in State Capitol Rotunda.” Madison, Wisconsin. February 7, 2013.
- “Best Art Critic,” City Pages, Minneapolis Minnesota, April 23, 2008.
Select Scholarly Articles and Essays
Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader, edited by Maura Reilly (scholarly book review), Woman’s Art Journal, Spring/Summer 2016.
Cristina Iglesias: Metonymy, edited by Lynne Cook (scholarly book review), Woman’s Art Journal, Spring/Summer 2014.
“From Documentary Photography to Relational Aesthetics: The University Avenue Project and Wing Young Huie,” in Wing Huie, The University Avenue Project Volume Two, Minnesota Historical Society Press: 2010.
Feminist Art and the Maternal by Andrea Liss (scholarly book review), Woman’s Art Journal, Summer 2010.
“Luis Gonzáles Palma’s ‘Impossibility’,” in A Silent Unity of Gazes: The Photographic Vision of Luis Gonzáles Palma October 2-Janurary 17, 2009 (Duluth Minnesota: Tweed Museum of Art 2009).
Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980-2005, (scholarly book review) Woman’s Art Journal 29.1, November 2008.
“Matisse’s Odalisque and the Photographic Académie,” History of Photography 31.4, Winter 2007.
Select Curated Exhibitions
“In Our Own Skin: Stacey Davidson and Jenny Schmid,” Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown New York, November 2-December 10, 2015.
“Warhol Effect, The Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown New York, February 2-March 24, 2015.
“Printmaking: Art, Process, Community,” The Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown New York, January 31-March 26, 2014.
- Semi-Permanent: JCC Receives Two Print Murals In Celebration Of New Exhibit, Jamestown Post Journal, January 30,2014.
“Phillip Schultz: One End of Forever,” UW-Parkside Foundation Gallery, September 4 – November 8, 2013.
- Media: Lee Roberts, A Lifetime of Art, Racine Journal TImes, October 15, 2013.
“Life on the Lake: Photographs From the Early 1900s,” UW-Parkside Mathis Gallery, May 6 – October 3, 2013.
“23rd Parkside National Small Print Exhibition,” Fine Arts Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, April 1-July 19, 2013 (organized national call for art, worked with juror, edited and supervised catalog production).
“Students Choose Comics,” Foundation Gallery University of Wisconsin-Parkside, April 1- 28, 2013 (co-curated with an art student and the English Department chair.)
“Why Abstraction? Non-representational Art by Area Artists.” University of Wisconsin-Parkside E.H.Mathis Gallery, February 4-March 14, 2013
“Michael Kareken: Salvaged Views” University Wisconsin-Parkside Foundation Gallery, September 5-November 17, 2012.
“Chalk Talk Kenosha,” University of Wisconsin – Parkside with ExposeKenosha, Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha Literacy Council, and Kenosha Boys and Girls Club, November 2011- present. Community art project created by community members and exhibited in over forty storefronts windows and other community venues.
“Quick Response: Artists on the Root River,” Black-Eyed Press Gallery September 7 – 28, 2012 / Root River Council Office, September 28-present, Racine WI.
“The Veterans Book Project by Monica Haller: A Community-Wide Exhibition,” March 27 – May 12, 2012
- Media: “The Veterans Book Project at UW-Parkside,” WGTD Kenosha, The Morning Show with Greg Berg, February 8, 2012.
“Hans Gindlesberger: I’m in the Wrong Film and Other Works,” UW-Parkside Foundation Gallery, Feburary 16-March 16, 2012.
“Contemporary Visions: Liberian Artist Catherine Kennedy,” UW-Parkside, Foundation Gallery, January 17 – February 9, 2012.
“Everyday Matters: Works by Local Artists – Ric Berns, Don Hinrichs, Ken Swanson,” University of Wisconsin-Parkside, E. H. Mathis Gallery, November 7 – March 10, 2012.
“West African Art From the Mathis Collection” (curated with Trenton Baylor and Emile Mathis) University of Wisconsin-Parkside, January 28- March 10, 2012.
“Documentary Photography and Community: Wing Young Huie,” University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Fine Arts Gallery, November 7- December 19, 2011.
“You and Yours: Images of Family,” Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, June 13-December 27, 2010.
- Media: “You and Yours” featured on “The Play List: Fresh Perspective, Local Art,” PBS program Duluth/Superior WDSE/WRPT August 31, 2010.
- Review: Ann Klefstad, “All in the Family: You and Yours at the Tweed”, mnartists.org August 4, 2010.
“Process/Practice/Action: MCAD Faculty Responds,” Minneapolis College of Art and Design, August 21- September 27, 2009.
“Flow: Noriko Ambe, Ulrike Heydenreich, and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery, May 22-June 27, 2008.
Select Gallery Guides and Brochures
“Art(ists) on the Verge 2011-2012” for “Art(ists) on the Verge: Emerging New Media Artists/Jerome Commissions/ Northern Lights.mn,” Soap Factory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 3-April 15, 2012.
“Crossings” for “Intersections: Women,Leadership and the Power of Collaboration”, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 17-February 26, 2012.
“Hans Gindlesberger is a Ghost” for “I’m in the Wrong Film and Other Works: Hans Gindlesberger,” UW-Parkside Foundation Gallery, UW-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin, February 16-March 16, 2012.
“West African Art From the Mathis Collection,” Fine Arts Gallery, UW-Parkside, Kenosha Wisconsin, January 28-March 10 2012.
“Temporal Flow” for “Noriko Ambe, Ulrike Heydenreich, and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle,” Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery, May 22-June 27, 2008.
“Paths Crossed: Katherine Kennedy and Kyrin Hobson,” Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, College of St. Catherine, St Paul, Minnesota, November 3-December 16, 2007.
“Brigitte Dams: Beyond the Visible,” KunstDoc Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, July 2007.
“Hot Air Sincerely: Interview with Jan Estep,” Brooks Barrow Gallery, Milwaukee, April 2007.
“Eye Witness: New Paintings and Videos by Christine Baeumler and Shana Kaplow,” 55 Mercer Street Gallery, New York City, February 2005.
“Art, Spirit, Community: New Work by Kathryn Nobbe,” Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, College of St. Catherine, Saint Paul, Minnesota, February, 2003.
“Carol Padberg and Amy Toscani at the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program Gallery,” MAEP, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, April 23-June 27, 1999.
Select Published Interviews
Exhibition Reviews and Critical Commentary
“Roman Signer: Works at the Rochester Art Center,’ ArtForum, Winter 2008.
“’Brave New Worlds’ at the Walker Art Center,” ArtForum, Winter 2007.
“Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Blinking Out of Existence” at the Rochester Art Center, ArtForum, November 2006.
“Julie Mehretu’s Entropia” Art on Paper, October 2004.
“Maren Kloppmann: Ceramic Art and Poetic Space,” Ceramics: Art and Perception, Summer 2002.
“Soñar no cuesta nada’ at Servando Galeriea de Arte, Havana, Cuba” Art Papers, November 2004.
“Chris Larson at Franklin Art Works,” Art Papers, September/October, 2004.
“Moving Art that you can’t leave alone: Time Fort and Gerald Smith at Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art,” mnartists.org, September 8, 2003.
“Santiago Cucullu: I owe it to Phillips at the Franklin Art Works,” ArtForum May 2003.
“Illucination at Parts Photographic Arts,” New Art Examiner, November-December 2001.
“Painting on the Edge of the World at the Walker Art Center,” ArtForum, Summer 2001.
“Shannon Kennedy: Recent Video Work at Franklin Art Works,” ArtForum, March 2001.
“Elizabeth Simonson’s drawings at the Soap Factory,” New Art Examiner, September 2000.
“Nancy Rexroth at the Weinstein Gallery,” Art on Paper, September 2000.
“David Byrne at the Weinstein Gallery,” Art on Paper, November 1999.
“Hard Labor and Other Pretty Things,” City Pages, October 16, 1999.
Select Conference Presentations
Poster presentation: “The Veterans Book Project,” Imaging America, SUNY-Syracuse, October, 5, 2013.
“Performing the Veterans Book Project Across the Curriculum,” at 2013 OPID Conference: “The Value of Inquiry into Student Learning in the 21st Century,” Madison Wisconsin, April 18, 2013 (with Lisa Kornetsky, Chair Theatre Department, UW-Parkside).
“Curating the Veterans Book Project,” Visual Learning: Transforming the Liberal Arts, Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College, Northfield Minnesota, September 30, 2012.
“Relations, Generation, Practice: Looking at Parent/Child Collaborations in Art,” co-chair, College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, February 2009.
“Art Criticism and the Local,” Midwest Art History Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 5, 2008.
“Teaching Liberal Arts with Online Technology,” The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference, Havana Cuba, June 2004.
“Painting and Identity Today,” Mid American College Art Association annual conference, October 2004.
“Taking on Contemporary Art: Strategies for Success with Students and General Audiences,” National Art Educators Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, April 2003.
“Inside Out: The Body in Contemporary Art,” University of Wisconsin System Women’s Studies Conference, Madison WI, November 2002 (Panel organizer: “Contemporary Art and Design: Image and Identity”).
“Artists and Curators as Collaborators, or Toward a New Practice of Exhibition,” with Laura Migliorino, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York City, 1997.
“Positioning the Tools: Art History, Iconography, Methodology” Workshop co-moderator, Midwest Art History Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, March 1995.
“Synaesthetics: Other Ways of Seeing and Reading, Co-chair and Respondent, Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, November1993.
“Producing the Private: Henri Matisse and the Economy of Gender,” Midwest Art History Society Annual Meeting, Omaha, March 1993.
“Is ‘Female to Male as Nature is to Culture?’”: The Woman as Nature Problematic in Feminist Art History,” Midwest Art History Society Annual Meeting. Columbus, Ohio, April 1992.
“Anne Brigman, Self-Representation, and the Woman Artists,” Seventh Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History, University of Iowa, October 1991.
“Velazquez’s Portrait of Calabazas, “Midwest Art History Society Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, March 1990.
“Velazquez’s Bodegones: In Light of Narrative Theory, “The Art Institute of Chicago Graduate Student Seminar, Chicago, April 1989.
Public Lectures and Media Interviews
Panel Facilitator, discussion “I and We: British Artists discuss Colonize,” Dykeman Young Gallery, Jamestown New York, April 7, 2014.
Panelist and Presenter, “Panel Presentation Opening Event, Veterans Book Project, ” Milwaukee Art Museum, April 4, 2013.
“The Second Creative Act: the Role of the Viewer,” Shang Yuan Art Center and Residency Program, Beijing, China, October 24, 2010.
Interviewed by Chris Roberts for Minnesota Public Radio News “Art Hounds” for “Exit: Making it Through” (installation by Catherine Kennedy) July 22, 2010.
Interviewed by Chris Roberts for Minnesota Public Radio News “Art Hounds” for Shinders: The Exhibition. October 22, 2009.
Interviewed by Chris Roberts for Minnesota Public Radio News “Art Hounds” for Elizabeth Peyton at the Walker Art Center, March 26, 2009.
Interviewed by Marianne Combs for MPR: “Artists go with the Flow at MCAD”
Moderator, McKnight Artists Fellowship Award Winner Panel, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, July 9, 2008.
“But is it Art: Understanding Contemporary Art,” The People’s University, Minneapolis Public Library, June 2008.
“Art Criticism and the Local,” Bauhaus-Universistät Weimar, Germany, July 2, 2007.
“Understanding Modern Art,” The People’s University, Minneapolis Central Public Library, August 2007.
Panelist, “Master’s Preferred: Symposium on Career Opportunities in the Arts,” University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Art History Department, February 2006.
Panelist, “The Body in Contemporary Art: New Directions,” Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2005.
“The Devotional in Contemporary Art: David Hamlow and Sarah Bauer in the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, January 2005.
“Bill Klaila’s Virtual Grotto, Machine Art in the Digital Age,” Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, March 2003.
“But is it Good? A Critic Looks at Contemporary Art,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2002.
“The Nude as System: Anne Brigman as Cameraworker, ” Department of Art History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 1991.
Grants and Fellowships
Sabbatical Leave, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2006-2007
Faculty Enhancement Grant, funded travel to Germany and Italy to attend Documenta, Venice Biennale, and Sculpture Project Münster. Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Summer 2007.
Writer’s Residency. Anderson Center, Red Wing, Minnesota, Summer 2005.
Faculty Enhancement Grant, funded travel to Havana, Cuba to present at an international conference, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Summer 2004.