FSU MFA’s Gaelin Craighead and Scott Bell were recently featured on the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) Facebook page for their inclusion in the 30 Under 30 Exhibition! To learn more about the 30 Under 30 Juried Exhibition, visit their website.
Originally from Louisiana, this 24 year old is working towards an MFA from FSU. Gaelin Craighead’s artwork has been exhibited in the southeast and internationally and focuses on techniques such as such as weaving, crochet, and fabric collage. Her process is meditative, allowing her to reflect on her personal history and spirituality. In her hands, humble materials take on a surprising significance. “It is absolutely amazing that I have the ability to take a pile of yarn or string and create something from those things that inspires me and other people.” Craighead’s future aspirations include teaching art at a collegiate level while maintaining her own artistic practice.
At 27, Scott Bell has already made a name for himself. He has shown nationally and internationally and his work has been featured in solo exhibitions and major publications. This year, he was honored with the first Mayor’s Purchase Prize during COCA’s Creative Tallahassee exhibit. Originally from Vero Beach, Bell is pursuing an MFA degree at FSU. Bell has moved on from the Legos he enjoyed as a kid and he now dedicates time to creating artwork that focuses on the built environment and suburban ideal. He finds pleasure in “the excited feeling you get after a good day in the studio when you think you have made something good.”