Pascal Regan

CFA Service: 1985–1989

The glass sculptor Suzanne Pascal Regan, daughter of the French painter Charles Pascal, spent her childhood unable to hear and used art as a means of communication; her hearing was partially restored in her late teens.  She studied art in Italy and Paris in the 1920s, and her early works were mostly paintings.  She turned to glass as a sculptural medium in her late thirties, but found the material difficult to work with until the early 1960s, when she began sculpting with a process using old glass that had been tempered by a century of exposure in an abandoned foundry in Pennsylvania.  Her studio was a converted garage in her home in Beverly Hills, California.  Her pieces became widely exhibited and collected; Ronald Reagan, Armand Hammer, Paul Newman, and Frank Sinatra owned her sculptures.  Her work is in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the American embassies in Tokyo and London.