Craigger is a marble sculptor, working and living in Sylacauga, AL. He graduated from Vestavia Hills High School in 1986 and received his BFA from the University of Montevallo in 1991.
He studied abroad at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Lacoste, France and was hired to teach the following year. In 1992 he received a four-month Guggenheim scholarship to work and study at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.
Upon the recommendation of Peter Rockwell, Norman Rockwell’s son, he moved to Carrera, Italy to work at Studio Nicoli. Carrera is the only other source in the world for quality white marble.
He spent years working with the studios artisans honing his craft and developing as an artist. For decades, he divided his time between Italy and Birmingham. It wasn’t until 2011 he discovered Sylacauga had such beautiful marble. Since then, he has been working exclusively in Alabama’s State stone.
His work can be found in corporate and private collections on five of seven continents. Recent public works include:
• “Sylacauga Emerging”, Sylacauga, Alabama
• “Madonna and Child”, St. Marks Catholic Church
• “Once upon a Time”, Sylacauga, Alabama
• “The Warmth of Enlightenment”, Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama
Craigger has been and continues to be instrumental in the evolution of the Sylacauga Marble Festival, held every spring. He works with artisans across the world to expand the festival, the number of visitors and the diversity and quality of the work done there.
He enjoys teaching classes, especially with children, hosting workshops, collaborating with town, city and county leadership across Alabama to enrich art offerings and improve arts education opportunities across Alabama.