Patricia Briggs knows what to say about art, but more importantly, she draws out the inner critic of viewers, too. In her talks in museums, classrooms, and galleries, her savvy, dynamic questions inspire audiences to talk about visual art from personal, local, and international perspectives. Briggs, an MCAD professor of art history and critical studies, independent curator, and local critic, approaches art criticism with an emphasis on conversation and collaboration. She makes regular visits to artists' studios and conducts interviews, then conveys the important issues and questions she discovers to her students and audiences. In addition to publishing her reviews in a number of local venues, including mnartists.org, Briggs gives a national and international voice to Twin Cities artists through her contributions to respected journals such as Artforum and Art Papers.