Watch: Graduate Scholar Alumnus Randy Regier on CBS
A CBS video titled “An epic search for America’s undiscovered artists” includes footage of installation artist and 2005 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar Randy Regier.
Museum curators Don Bacigalupi and Chad Alligood embarked on a 174-city hunt, meeting up with nearly 1,000 unique artists using non-traditional styles, techniques, and mediums. Artist number 960 was Randy, and CBS filmed the meet-up in Wichita, Kansas, back in May. Unlike many of the pieces in the “State of the Art” exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, Randy’s—a self-proclaimed “traveling toy store”—is made to be displayed outdoors. While it is technically a part of the museum’s new exhibit, it is placed nearby in downtown Bentonville.
In August we featured an exclusive Q&A with Randy on our blog, which covers his career as an artist and NuPenny’s Last Stand (left), the “toy store” installation which finds its current temporary home in Arkansas. Explained by Regier as an “itinerant toy stand from the depths of the American Dream,” NuPenny has traveled as far north as Maine and south as Florida, with viewers left to question how it got there. He stated that part of his inspiration for the work came from episodes of the 1960s sci-fi series “The Twilight Zone.”
You can watch the full piece on the CBS News website.