Educator, Knox Co. Schools
Holly Briggs has spent 12 years teaching Art in the classroom, with the past 10 years as the Visual Arts teacher at Mooreland Heights Elementary School, in Knoxville, Tennessee. In her philosophy of teaching, Ms. Briggs emphasizes and highlights the importance of an integrated curriculum, combining art and the core curricular subjects. Connecting art to the world around us fosters a love of art in young learners and enables children to grow in creativity and critical thinking. In her own artwork, Ms. Briggs focuses on the dream-like boundaries between reality and the ephemeral. Landscapes, galaxies, flora, and fauna appear in her artwork, reimagined and expanded to include new perceptions of the familiar.
During the 2007-2008 school year, the Tennessee Arts Commission presented Ms. Briggs with the Master Teacher Award through the Value Plus Program. In 2010, Ms. Briggs was recognized by the Knoxville News Sentinel Reader's Poll as East Tennessee's Best Artist. Ms. Briggs was featured in a 2013 Metro Pulse article as "People You Should Know, Holly Briggs: Knoxville's Artistic Educator." Ms. Briggs' hobbies include, among many things, playing and teaching guitar, collecting intangible items, perusing reference materials, rock skipping, exploring, creating, debating, and the art of conversation.