2022 Merit Scholarship Recipient: Bailey Gross | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2022 Merit Scholarship Recipient: Bailey Gross

May 08, 2022
Illustrated self portrait of Bailey Gross

Senior, Comic Art
Roy B Justus Comic Art Scholarship $2,000
Greensboro, North Carolina

 Describe the work you submitted for merits.

When choosing work to submit I tried to balance the experimental and narrative sides of my practice. I really enjoy experimenting with format and medium, so I tried to include some of my most successful experimental works. Two of the comics I submitted were rendered with charcoal, which is something I want to continue playing around with, and several have experimental formats. I am also starting to focus on developing better storytelling skills and I wanted to include work that focused on that side of my practice as well.

Parallel parking comic by Bailey Gross

Why did you decide to come to MCAD?

The facilities are impressive and I was interested in the Comic Art major, which most art schools don't have. Minneapolis was also just an appealing location because the Twin Cities are a cool place to live and I have family nearby.

Comic by Bailey Gross


What are your plans for senior year? And beyond?

I hope to continue developing my storytelling and artistic skill and start creating more long-form works. After graduation, I would like to work towards becoming a published graphic novelist!

Comic by Bailey Gross


Favorite thing about college life (so far)?

My friends!

What's the best thing you've gotten from MCAD's free shelf?

A full bottle of Olaplex hair bonding oil (worth like $40!!)

Comic by Bailey Gross


What inspires you?

Other artists, beer cans with cool labels, and taking the bus alone.

Do you have a favorite piece you've made? Describe it!

I'm very proud of Ghost Story! It was my first serious attempt at making a solid multi-page narrative. It's about the ghost of a 7-year-old girl who haunts the side of a highway and makes friends with the ghosts of roadkill. I had a lot of fun experimenting with charcoal for the backgrounds.

Comic by Bailey Gross


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