“I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.”

William Blake, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion


New Orleans-based artist, Regina Scully has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had solo exhibitions in New York, New Orleans and a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art. She received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in Painting from University of New Orleans. One of her paintings was acquired in 2021, for the lobby at World Trade Center, Tower 7 in New York where it is permanently installed. She is also a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant. Among other collections, two of Scully’s paintings are in the Microsoft Art Collection and two pieces are in the permanent collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art. 

Regina Scully’s paintings explore the imaginary heroic landscape and the many microcosmic worlds it encompasses. The artist uses rhythmic brushwork and both subtle and powerful color to abstract and filter images in her mind she recalls from pictures, experiences, memories, and meditative journeys. Equally inspiring to her work are the landscapes where she has lived and traveled, and the faraway islands and magical forests she researches online in photographs. The labyrinthine spaces in her paintings become vistas and stages for poetic vignettes, intriguing characters, suggestions of objects, and an exploration of paint itself.

The late, well-known art critic in New Orleans, D. Eric Bookhardt wrote about Scully’s “flair for fusing arcane metaphysics and modern abstraction in ethereal paintings” and stated “It is unusual to encounter a body of work that touches on the extremes of existence, from the macro to the micro, from the cosmos to the human form, all coexisting together.” Also referred to as Mindscapes, Scully’s paintings are deep collective worlds which the viewer can journey through, and therein find personal and particular sights and experiences. 

Scully’s solo exhibition, Magical Thinking was just on view through July 1st at Octavia Art Gallery in New Orleans. Regina is currently preparing for a three-person exhibition in Los Angeles in October.



M.F.A., Painting, University of New Orleans

B.F.A., Painting, Rhode Island School of Design

Magical Thinking, Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Mysteries of Being, Reynolds Ryan Gallery, Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, LA

Lost and Found, Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA

The House I Live In, Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA

To Go In Search Of, C24 Gallery Project Space, C24 Gallery, New York, NY

Mindscapes, C24 Gallery, New York, NY

Regina Scully/Japanese Landscape:  Inner Journeys, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

Horizons in Space, Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA 

Floating Worlds, Seattle Art Fair, single artist project, (Octavia Art Gallery), Seattle, WA

Translations, Octavia Art Gallery, Houston, TX

Terra Incognita, Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Entrance, C24 Gallery, New York, NY 

VOLTA NY, New York, NY

Elemental, Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Navigate, University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Excavations, Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Embodied Terrain, 515 Gallery, Bendix Bldg, Los Angeles, CA
The Emotional Brain, Carroll Gallery, Newcomb Art Dept., Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Hamptons Fine Art Fair, Octavia Art Gallery, Hamptons, NY
Women Represent, Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA
The Sleep of Reason, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Conceptual Creations: Collage and Assemblage, Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Fritz Bultman / Regina Scully:  New Orleans, New York and Beyond,
Octavia Art Gallery Pop-up exhibition, High Line Nine Gallery 5, New York, NY
Art of the City:  Postmodern to Post-Katrina (Presented by the Helis Foundation), Historic New Orleans Collection Museum, New Orleans, LA
Core Sample, curated by David C. Terry, C24 Gallery, New York, NY
10 Years/10 Artists, Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Art Miami, C24 Gallery, Miami, FL
Scope Art Fair, Octavia Art Gallery, Miami, FL
Art on Paper, C24 Gallery, New York, NY
At the Threshold, 2-person exhibition, Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Art Miami, C24 Gallery, Miami, FL
Context, Octavia Art Gallery, Miami, FL
60 Americans, The Makeshift Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary Istanbul, C24 Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
Art Southampton, C24 Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Permanent Collection Re-installation of Modern and Contemporary Art Wing, New Orleans Museum of Art (2015-2016), New Orleans, LA
Alluvial Constructs, Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Imago Mundi Collection, curated by Diego Cortez, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Trivial Pursuits: Obsession’s Allure, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA
Entering Abstraction, Opera Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Home, Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, LA
NOLA Now Part II, Abstraction in Louisiana, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Double Crescent, C24 Gallery, New York, NY
Abiding Abstraction, Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY
Prospect Lafayette, Exhibition in Prospect.2, curated by Dan CameronAcadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA
Everyday Hybrid, Prospect 1.5 New Orleans, curated by Dan Cameron, Isaac Delgado Fine Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Wide Open, BWAC Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Muses, Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Elemental 3, Home Space Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Under Construction, UNO Fine Arts Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Group Exhibition, Jenkins-Connelly Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Postcards to the CAC, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Time Has Changed, AirB, Brooklyn, NY
Artists in Residence, AirB, Brooklyn, NY
External, Eternal, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Dreaming of Being a Painter, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI


Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant
Awarded Residency, Hooper Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Awarded Residency, Hermitage Artist Retreat, Englewood, FL, (2016-20)


Lecture, “Scully’s Paintings,” Hermitage Artist Retreat Palm House, Manasota Key, FL
Lecture, “Scully’s Paintings,” New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

Artist Panel: “On Abstraction,” VOLTA NY 2013, 82 Mercer Street, New York, NY

Prospect. 2 Lafayette, “artTALK,” Acadiana Center for the Arts, Main Gallery, Lafayette, LA;  with Dan Cameron and Bruce Davenport Jr.


Microsoft Art Collection (2010, 2013)
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection (2012)
Capital One Art Collection (2014)

New Orleans Museum of Art (2014, 2016)
7 World Trade Center, NYC (2021)



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