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"The idea that I could spend my life creating art and inspiring others to do the same, while at the same time feeding and housing my family, places before me a goal by which personal sacrifices are deemed inconsequential in light of the destination."
Randy Regier Sculpture
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At the age of 33, the closest Randy Regier came to being an artist was painting auto bodies in Salem, Oregon. Realizing he was being depleted emotionally and physically, he moved with his wife and two small children to Abilene, Kansas "because we had visited for two days one year prior and had felt a sense of peace." He became a sculptor, and his provocative works of metal, wood, and paint have since earned considerable recognition. His resume includes a long list of gallery shows, solo and group exhibitions, installations, awards, and presentations. To pay the bills, he has installed water meters, repaired furniture, wrote and illustrated a daily comic strip - and managed an art gallery.
Randy learns and shares life lessons with bold, dramatic actions. In 2004, he and his wife and now-teenage children walked 500 miles together over an ancient pilgrimage route beginning in the south of France and crossing northern Spain. At home, Randy taught an art class one day a week to, as he says, "at-risk (who isn't, I wonder?) middle school children. I see our pilgrimage experience in their eyes and in their work, a mixture of wonder, of exploration of the unknown, a longing for something better."
Randy in now an acclaimed sculptor and a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, with a graduate degree at the Maine College of Art. His goal is to continue creating and exploring new territory artistically, to use his art to "challenge people to think actively and independently and live their lives with conviction and purpose."
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John St. Croix
Undergraduate Transfer Scholar
New York University