Molly Catherine Briggs is a landscape painter, historian, and theorist whose research bridges scholarship and creative practice. Her studio projects reflect on how we sense and comprehend the spaces around us. Her recent dissertation, The Panoramic Mode: Immersive Media and the Large Parks Movement (2018), examines the affiliation of large urban park landscapes in the United States and Europe with nineteenth-century virtual reality media. She holds an M.F.A. in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture History and Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Professor Briggs teaches design across the disciplines, design thinking, and studio drawing, with an emphasis on reading, representing, and reimagining the built environment, in the School of Art and Design and the College of Fine and Applied Art at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught design and studio practice at the RI university level since 1998. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the International Panorama Council (2018-2021) and is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians. She is the recipient of numerous scholarly, creative, and pedagogical grants, awards, and recognitions. She has been represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago since 2004.
Research interests: large parks movement; immersive media; history of the built environment; landscape architecture; architecture; media history; design history; art history; visual studies; studio practice; studio pedagogy.