Molly Briggs is a landscape painter, theorist, and historian currently based in Champaign, Illinois, where she is completing a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois. Her creative and scholarly practices are mutually constitutive. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships for her artwork, research, and teaching and has been represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago since 2004.


Images extend, amplify, and delimit the spaces that compose the built environment. My research investigates this relationship by proposing that nineteenth-century panoramic imaging influenced landscape design and shaped urban space. This interest arose from my work as a landscape painter, in which I explore the boundary between representation and abstraction in order to get at the constructed and collaborative nature of the spaces we call landscapes.

Spring Hill | 2015 | Flashe and acrylic on two panels | Overall dimensions 17" x 50"