Born 1974 Manila, Philippines. Lives and works in Chicago, IL.
Regin Igloria maintains a studio practice which revolves around teaching and working in arts administration. He teaches a variety of visual arts courses in multiple disciplines for numerous organizations and institutions. In 2010 he founded North Branch Projects, a community bookbinding initiative which allows him to combine aspects of his studio practice, teaching, and his love of the book arts to build connections with new audiences.
His teaching experience began at Marwen, where he also served as Program and Exhibitions Coordinator. An alumnus of the youth program, he helped establish their first Alumni Advisory Board and served as a co-chair, managed the Alumni Gallery, and served as a teaching artist for many of their study trips to New York City, Boston, Minneapolis/Midwest and the Artward Bound Maine program. He taught for the children's program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, where he also served as a studio assistant and worked with many influential artists. Academic teaching experiences followed, include a semester at Rhode Island School of Design, Adult Continuing Education classes at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois State University, and currently Carthage College.
For eleven years, he managed and directed the residency program at The Ragdale Foundation, where he gained much of his arts administration experience. Currently, he oversees the Ragdale In Schools Program, bringing Fellows to nearby schools His work at Ragdale helps to create opportunities for advancing the work and supporting the creative processes of other artists, a
various workshops at local institutions including He received his MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Nature and travel have always been prevalent themes in his work, but actually immersing himself in both allowed him to understand its direct impact on the human condition. A solo bicycle trip done on the West Coast and exposure to the outdoor lifestyle in Colorado brought forth many simple truths: 1) everything he wants he cannot afford, 2) the things he wants he does not really need, and 3) he can never work enough, even in solitude. Ironically, he has since found himself living and working in very wealthy communities where luxury and privilege daily temptations, a struggle brought upon himself only by choosing to be an artist. His work considers the compromise between these kinds of opposing forces, the efforts that yield loss, the accumulation of equipment that becomes more burden than blessing, and the constant search for a better place.
Regin collaborates regularly as a member of Free Air, an evolving group of artists who use performance to share psychological experiences, as well as with groups who do community work, both as makers and as facilitators. This includes, for example, Compound Yellow and Students Run Chicago.
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