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Rae Hull

“I was drawn to the BFA program because I knew it would offer me an extended amount of time learning about and developing a hands-on studio artmaking practice before applying to grad schools for my MFA.”

Rae Hull, ‘20, is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with triple minors in Spanish, International Studies, and Art History. In his free time, he enjoys attending art and culture events at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum and in the St. Augustine community.

Hull is from Orange Park, Fla., where he developed his appreciation for art and language. He chose to attend Flagler for the wide variety of humanities courses, as well as the local cultural scene. Hull entered Flagler as a Spanish major, but immediately felt drawn to other disciplines. He added an International Studies major, with a concentration in Anthropology, shortly followed by a Fine Arts minor. Once Hull realized his draw to create and understand art was the strongest of his passions, he applied for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. After he was accepted into the BFA, he changed his Spanish and International Studies majors to minors and added an Art History minor.

As a BFA major with triple minors, Hull balances a heavy course load with creating art. The BFA offers the opportunity for more interactive studio artmaking classes, but it also requires more time to complete. Oftentimes, Hull’s multiple disciplines allow him to study ideas from different perspectives, such as language studies broadening his art history research or international studies and art history inspiring his artwork.

After graduating in the Fall of 2020, Hull intends to pursue his Master of Fine Arts. His goal is to become a practicing artist of studio-based and socially engaged artwork. He would also like to teach studio art courses and assist in the curation and installation of art exhibitions.

“It is so important to pay attention to where your center pulls you,” said Hull, of his advice to other students. “When I decided to accept that nothing else was as diverse, fulfilling, and challenging for me as fine arts, I had finally gained a sense of belonging and a much clearer path of what I want to do with my life.”

Hull also encourages students to explore other disciplines, in addition to following their passions. He emphasizes a focus on self-care and balance when it comes to managing challenging course loads.

Hull describes his artistic process and inspiration, which can be viewed in the gallery of his work:

“The inspiration behind my work often originates from a deeply personal space and perspective. I am interested in how facets of identity such as gender, ethnicity, mental health, and spirituality shape our relationship with ourselves and with the world. My work most frequently engages with the construction of masculine identity throughout history and into contemporary times, aiming to complicate problematic facets of how masculinity is cultivated that have either been ignored or encouraged through a cultural group mentality. I am particularly interested in how these characteristics permeate current transmasculine culture. As a response to the experience gained from such research and development of related pieces, my work is now heading toward illuminating transgender and gender-nonconforming identities in relation to cultural and societal norms, with hopes of humanizing who and what often goes misunderstood and undiscussed.

“The content of my work often gravitates toward such subject matter due to my experience as a transgender individual working through gender-affirming therapy and a medical transition. However, the motivation goes beyond my own experiences. I have come to understand through my own transition the ways in which we are all influenced to understand who we are and what roles we hold from a very young age, without proper tools or language for discerning what suits us and what does not.”