Regina Coupar, Peer Gallery
Art functions in two ways in my life: it is the process by which I 'figure things out' and it provides a vehicle by which I sometimes communicate my findings to others. As such, the content of my art practice has followed the trajectory of my life. For example, when I was young and in awe of the landscape, my art tended to be representational, imitating that which I found most inspiring. When I went through a divorce, my art became darker, reflecting the struggles of oppression and emancipation. Currently, as I work on a Masters Degree in Theological Studies, I use my art to question traditional theological assumptions (my own and those of western culture) and to explore new ways of understanding religion.
Presently I am continuing that exploration in my own work and as Exhibitions Director for the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax.
(Click to view Regina's Gallery).
A Nova Scotian artist and writer of Acadian descent, Regina Coupar lives and works in an historic sea captain’s house overlooking Chester Basin. Her artworks have been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and are included in numerous collections such as The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, and the Atlantic School of Theology. She is a juried member of the Designer Craft Council of Nova Scotia, a Writers' Council member of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, past Chair of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, and has served on the boards of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Arts Advisory Council. Regina is the author of five books; including The Seeker’s Heart (Blue Grama) and The Art of Soul (Novalis, 2002). Regina has recently been appointed Exhibitions Director of the Atlantic School of Theology Art Gallery.
Regina holds a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax (2009); her thesis explored the relationship between contemporary art and theology. She has a BA in Religious Studies and Fine Arts (Mount Saint Vincent University,1998) and a diploma in Ministry and Theology from AST (1995). She was the first woman/lay person to chair the Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education. In 2009, Regina will attend a workshop on ancient Byzantine and Roman mosaic methods in Ravenna, Italy. In 2007, she participated in an artist residency at Hummingbird House in Tucson, Arizona. She has made research trips to Colorado, Arizona, Los Angeles (as part of a government delegation), and Greece (where she was invited to teach life drawing) which continue to influence her technique and choice of subject matter.
2008 Art Bank of Nova Scotia purchase, "The Book of Life",
raku and acrylic collage
2002 Remick Trust Fund Grant, Canadian Geological Foundation (for "Written in Stone" series of acrylic paintings)
2002 Short-listed for Evelyn Richardson Award for non-fiction (The Art of Soul)
1998 President’s Prize, Mount Saint Vincent University
1998 Roman Catholic Women’s League Book Award, Mount Saint Vincent University
1998 Nancy Logan Scholarship, Mount Saint Vincent University
1997 Mount Saint Vincent Merit Scholarships
1997 Canadian Federation of University Women Scholarship
1997 Undergraduate competition, University of Prince Edward Island, (Paper Title: "Hildegard of Bingen, One Woman’s Work")
1997 Academic Scholarship to study French at Université Laval, Quebec
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2009 "Prophecy", Peer Gallery, Lunenburg (forthcoming in
2008 "Religious Studies", Ballroom Gallery, Halifax, NS
2007 "Contemporary Myth", Craig Gallery, Dartmouth, NS
2006 "Myth-Making", Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Gallery Shop, Halifax, NS
2004 "Synthesis" (raku), ADJA Gallery, Liverpool, NS
2004 "Intimacy" (raku), Peer Gallery, Lunenburg, NS
2003 "Woman as Vessel" (raku), Art Gallery of NS Gallery Shop, Halifax, NS
2003 “Written in Stone” (painting), Fundy Geological Museum, Parsboro, NS
2003 "Celebration" (painting), YWCA Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
2000 “Goddess Re-Membered”, Ballroom Gallery, Halifax, NS
1995 “Awakened Spirit” (painting, lithography), Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
1993 “Echoes of the Remnant” (paintings from Echoes of the Remnant), Nova Scotia Teachers College, Truro, NS
1990 “The Spirit Sings” (paintings from The Spirit Sings), Nova Scotia Teachers College, Truro, NS; Berkshire Institute for Theology in the Arts, Stockbridge, Mass.; Canadian Association of Pastoral Educators (Annual conference), St. John, NB; Frog Hollow Books, Halifax, NS
Selected Group Exhibitions
2005 "Masterworks" (raku
- invited, juried), Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS
2005 Nova Scotia Potter's Guild Members Show (raku), Craig Gallery, Dartmouth, NS
2005 "Raku", HandSmiths Gallery, Halifax, NS
2004 "Poetics" (raku, 2 person), Truro Art Society, Truro, NS
2002 “The Art of Worship” (painting, juried), Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS
1997 “Resurrection” (painting - invited), Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, NS
1996 Juried traveling exhibition (lithography), Nova Scotia Printmakers Association, Nova Scotia; Quebec; Manitoba
1994 “Woman’s Work” (images from my book Light Among the Shadows), Nova Scotia Teachers College, Truro, NS
1993 “Stone: Images of Midlife” (lithography - two person show), Watermark Gallery, Amherst; Lunenburg Art Gallery, Lunenburg, NS
1990 “One Year Later” (lithography -juried), Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS
1990 “Living Proof” (lithography - juried), Bloomfield Gallery, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS
Selected Publications (visual and written)
essays for the Atlantic School of Theology Art Gallery
2008 "The Living Word: A visual exploration of women's struggle between faith and tradition" Making Waves, 7:2 (Toronto: WICC) (including cover art).
2007 "The Sixth Day" cover image for Exhchange (Toronto: UCPH)
2007 Arts and Spirituality, Editor: Ann Flemming (Toronto: UCPH).
2006 "Book Review", Studio Ceramics in Canada by Gail Crawford, Craft News, (Halifax, NSDCC).
2004 The Seeker's Heart: Meditations Inspired by the Book of Psalms (Lethbridge: Blue Grama) (book/poetry, 160 pages).
2002 The Art of Soul, An Artist’s Guide to Spirituality (Ottawa: Novalis) (book, 248 pages/includes original prose, poems and images).
1995 Light Among the Shadows, Releasing Feminine Spirit (Truro: Gamaliel) (book, 94 pages).
1993 Echoes of the Remnant (Truro: Gamaliel) (book, 120 pages)
1992 The Spirit Sings, Reflections from an artist’s journal (Truro: Gamaliel) (book, 116 pages).
2008 "Art and Faith" Conference,
St. Matthew's Church, Halifax, NS
2006-2007 'Writers in the Schools' program in various Nova Scotia schools
2005 "Life Drawing", Triopetra Yoga Retreat Center, Crete, Greece
2005 Guest, "Art and Religion Special", Spirit Connections Toronto, Ont. (Vision TV)
2004 "Art and Faith", National Conference, United Church, Banff Arts Centre, Alta.
2002 “Theology of the Imagination”, workshop for Women Doing Theology in Canada Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1997-2000 “Illustration” (level I), Interactive Technology Program, Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus, NS (credit course)
1998-2000 “Illustration” (levels I and II); Digital Animation Program, Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus, NS (credit courses)
1998-2000 “Life Drawing” (levels I, III, IV), Digital Animation Program, Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus, NS (credit courses)
2001, 1993 “Symbolism”, Truro, NS; "Discovering Inner Images", Antigonish, NS; (Art Teachers Association In-service programs)
1998 “Conference Artist-in-Residence” for Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women Conference, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
1995 “Releasing Feminine Spirit, worshops in Lethbridge, Alberta; Montreal, Quebec
1992 “Should Art be Mandatory in the Public School System?”’ Maritime Noon, CBC Radio, Halifax, NS (guest)
1991 “Spirituality and Art”, invited keynote speaker, Berkshire Institute for Theology in the Arts; Stockbridge, Mass., U.S.A.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Art Bank (x2)
Atlantic School of Theology
University College of Cape Breton Art Gallery
City of Moncton
Atlantic Loto Corporation
Montreal Trust Company
Museum of Industry, Stellarton, N.S.
Atlantic School of Theology Art Gallery, appointed Exhibitions Director
Peer Gallery, Lunenburg co-operative gallery, member
Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Life Member (Chair 1987)
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, Writers' Council Member
Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council, Juried Member
Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education (Steering Committee member 1988-2000, first woman, first layperson Chair 1991-1994)
Tatamagouche Centre, Program Resource Group, Member (2004, 2005)
Judge, Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council Christmas Show (2003)
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Life Member (Board Member 1987-1989)
Canadian Artist Representation, past member
Nova Scotia Printmakers Association, past member
Artist in Residence, NS Teachers College; NS Community College (1995-1999)
Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia (Visual Arts Nova Scotia rep 1990-1992)
Nova Scotia Arts Advisory Council to the Minister of Culture (1988-1990)
Cobequid Arts Council, Truro, NS, (Board member 1978, 1986, 1988, 1984)
Signatures Gallery of Fine Art, Truro, NS (Artist co-operative, member 1981-1984)
Regina Coupar Studio, Chester Basin,
Peer Gallery, Lunenburg, NS
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Gallery Shop, Halifax, NS
ADJA Gallery, Liverpool, NS
Northern Sun, Mahone Bay, NS
Details Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI.
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Gallery Shop, Lethbridge, Alberta
Other web sites
Regina Coupar Studio Chester Basin, Nova Scotia