Regina Rubin Cody was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She studied art and art history with study abroad in Florence, Italy earning a BA at Pomona College in 1984. After briefly attending the Cleveland Institute of Art, she moved to Seattle in 1986. While interning at the Seattle Arts Commission, she decided to continue her education in a graduate program at the University of Oregon. Gina received her MFA in visual design/photography in 1990 with a commitment to teaching and further developing her artistic career.
For the next 17 years, Gina taught college photography at numerous Northwest institutions: as visiting assistant professor at the University of Puget Sound, Central Washington University, Pierce College, and the University of Oregon among others. During this time she also served on the board of directors at Youth in Focus and the Pomona College Alumni Association.
Gina is an active artist working in painting, photography and mixed media with an extensive national exhibition record. She is inspired by a fascination with light, color and surface. Her photographic work often deals with the subtlety of remote landscapes. Her mixed media and collage work utilize the landscape of memory and dreams, identity and place and her paintings deal with similar concepts in a more abstract form. Use of text, symbols, and letterform further establish a personal iconography. Gina has won numerous awards in national juried exhibitions, has experience as a juror and workshop instructor at the national and local level, and has been published in text books and reproduced in books. She currently represents herself.
Gina credits her mother with early influence as an artist/painter, as well as an avid art patron and tireless volunteer to numerous boards and community activities. Her father impacted her love of the West, skiing, golf, and jazz. He inspired her photographic career during formative years with frequent documentation with Super 8 home movies, instant Polaroids and a compact Minox camera.