Regan was the Creative
Director of the Audart Gallery Project,
which she co-founded and
The gallery, located at 60 Broad Street in New York City, had its
inaugural exhibition "The Urban Frontier",
in February of 1996, and was located just a few steps from The New
York Stock Exchange.
Audrey was born in Hornepayne,
Ontario. She moved to Blind River, Ontario with her mother and
sisters when she was eight
years old, and remained there through high-school. At 18, she packed her bags and
headed to Toronto to find a job. "I just wanted to experience a
large city," she said, "And to do something that would lead me to a
creative life; and I always believed I would end up in New York
oneday." Audrey also contends that raising her two daughters in
Manhattan was the best opportunity she could have given them, for a
diverse range of experiences. "Many people don't realize what a
family-oriented place it is; or the incredible resources
available to children and
Jeffrey Simpson, author, and
editor for the Globe & Mail, published "Star-Spangled Canadians"
in 2000 and Audrey appeared first in the section covering Canadians
who had moved to New York. With her partner, Audrey developed
the Audart Gallery in 1995, although "gallery" hardly describes what
Audart was all about. As Creative Director, Audrey curated, and
co-produced, several group exhibitions that filled the entire fourteen
room space, as well as a number of smaller shows that highlighted the
works of one or two chosen artists. Many of Audart's exhibitions were
interdisciplinary, and three included large installations. Audrey
worked directly with over 150 artists, in all media, and with a number
of outside curators who brought their expertise to the Audart Gallery.
In the Spring of 1997, Regan introduced live theater to Audart and opened the gallery to afternoon and evening performances of "Frenesi", a play that was written, produced and performed by actress Melanie Rey. The show was a great success at Audart and enjoyed two reruns.
Two significant Audart exhibitions were:
"Ten Years After: The Warhol Factory", curated by Dr. Debra Miller of the University of Delaware, which exhibited the works of The Artists of the Warhol Circle. The show commemorated the ten year anniversary of Andy Warhol's death.
"Important Women Photographers" at the Audart Gallery, sponsored by The National Organization for Women and the Westbeth Gallery, with curation by Jacqui Taylor-Basker, Director of Westbeth.
In 1996, Audrey Regan began exploring art on the internet. She was fascinated by the number of artists who had websites, despite the internet being in its infancy stages. At the same time, The Art & Technology Circus, which would be Audart's largest exhibition, was in the planning stages. Regan began contacting artists from around the world, directly from their websites, inviting them to ship their artworks to the Audart Gallery for exhibition in the Circus. As a result, "The Art & Technology Circus" included artists from India, South Africa, Amsterdam, Canada and across the United States. Sixty-five artists, performers and technicians took part in The Art & Technology Circus. The exhibition was sponsored by a number of technology companies, including OKI, Winstar and ForeSystems.
The Audart Gallery comprising fourteen rooms, spread over 8500 square feet, was completely transformed for each new exhibition, requiring extensive use of fabric, props and artistic lighting. The salon areas were redesigned for each opening to facilitate wine and food service for one to five thousand people at a time.
Today, Audrey maintains www.audartgallery.com, an archive of the Audart Gallery during its time on Broad Street.
Audrey has co-curated
exhibitions in New York city galleries and she assisted gallery
director, Sam Israel, by locating artists from around the world for
"The Bill Clinton Show" at the Locus Gallery in SoHo, New York.
She also runs an internet shopping
service for unusual home items and functional art.
Audrey has a daughter and granddaughter living in Toronto, Ontario, and a daughter living and working in New York City.