A multimedia artist working with the imagined space of language, Regan Wheat has exhibited her work internationally and participated in workshops and residencies in Italy and South Africa.
Regan Wheat (1973 Lakin, Kansas, USA | lives and works in Italy) teaches Drawing, Painting, and MFA seminars at SACI. She works within the imagined space of language, the forgotten histories contained within collective memory, and with the collapse of cultural, socio-political, and historical structures that seem to hold meaning in place. Her work archives the missing within language, history, and place - she marks the gap or the shift between meaning and understanding. In the most recent series of paintings, she makes portraits of children in conflict zones, caught in a perpetual in-between state, neither here nor there, neither participants nor perpetrators. The images are taken from the daily news of the wounded, the displaced, and the dead – appearing isolated with no history and no future, the perpetual present/presence of the missing.
Since 1997 she has participated in workshops and residencies in Italy and South Africa, led by the artists & educators Rosenclaire. Recent exhibitions include: contingency, COOP Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA 2018; Ritrattare curated by Gino Gianuizzi, L’Entrepôt Danie Boeri Galerie d’art contemporain, Monte Carlo MONACO 2017; la fine del nuovo curated by Paolo Toffolutti, Villa Otellio-Savorgnan | Ariis Di Rivignano-Teor (UD) | Villa di Toppo Florio, Buttrio (UD), ITALY; Quarantanniealtro curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Galleria Susanna Orlando, Pietrasanta (LU), ITALY 2016; Misura del Mondo, curated by Paolo Parisi, Casabianca, Zola Predosa (BO) ITALY 2013; MADEINFILANDIA, Pieve a Presciano (AR) ITALY 2012; Regan Wheat Works on Paper, (solo exhibition) SRISA Gallery, Firenze ITALY 2012; Fabbrica Europa, Festival Internazionale della Scena Contemporanea, Firenze ITALY 2012; Mente Caritas, Notte Bianca, Firenze ITALY 2011; Let’s Talk About Love Baby, (traveling exhibition) Printed Matter, NY, NY, USA | Museo d'arte contemporanea, Detroit, Michigan, USA | Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, USA | Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Michigan, USA | The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA | National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe | Asni Village, Addis Abeba, Ethopia, 2010-2013; (re)membered land(e)scapes Here, There, Everywhere, Hampden Gallery University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusettes, USA 2009.
Regan Wheat earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from University of Kansas in 1995 and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2003.
I teach students creative thinking, meaningful engagement, and a critical awareness of how students exist in the world of images and objects and how their thoughts shape the world around them. I introduce exercises and projects through slide lectures & readings giving students a means to locate themselves within an art historical tradition as well as contemporary art practices. Students learn to see relationships between timeless human concerns in art of the past and art of the present, regardless of medium or style. I teach a broad technical and material vocabulary providing students with resources necessary to develop a strong visual language to communicate conceptual concerns.