Regina DeLuise was born in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA and an MA from Rosary College, Graduate School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.
Before coming to teaching, Regina worked in both a commercial gallery in New York (Daniel Wolf Gallery, representing Joel Sternfeld, Jed Devine, Todd Pappageorge, John Coplans) and founded a cooperative gallery with 5 remarkable artists in Manchester Vermont (Elm Street Arts). ESA quickly became an alternative home to a burgeoning art community. Curating monthly group and solo exhibitions of it's member artists, Elm St Arts also hosted readings by poets including, Jamaica Kincaid and Donald Hall and offered art classes for underserved children in the community.
Regina is represented by Bonni Benrubi Gallery in NY and has exhibited her work internationally. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993 and traveled throughout India, Nepal, Italy and Spain. Her work is represented in private and public collections including The Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum in NY, Brooklyn Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
Teaching has become a major aspect of DeLuise's life in art. She has been at MICA since 1998, previously teaching at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and the University of Georgia, Studies Abroad in Cortona, Italy. "There is great joy for me in teaching. To be part of the exploration and development of a young artist is so rewarding. I was very fortunate in my early life to have mentors who illuminated this path for me. My teachers encouraged me to pursue my vision as well as embodied a life that was quite abstract to me. I strive to offer some of the same ideas to my students as well as cultivate a passion for self awareness, expression and discipline."