Regis was a 1994 alumnus of Texas Tech who received his BFA in painting. While at Texas Tech he studied with Ken Dixon and also took 12 hours of ceramics with Sara Waters and Vern Funk.
Commenting from her studio in Slaton, Sara Waters said, “My heart is heavy with the loss of Regis. He was a most talented , caring and gifted young man. He knew who he was and sprung from that knowledge. Nothing was too great for him to tackle. What a prideful young man. He made me want to go to work each day. He was an inspiration.”
Regis Shephard was born in 1971 in Lamesa, Texas. He spent most of his childhood on a cotton farm in the neighboring town of Seminole. He graduated with honors from Seminole High School and attended Texas Tech University. Regis received a $49,000 Minority Teaching Fellowship from the Alamo Community College District in San Antonio which he used to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio where he received his MFA in 1996.
In his artwork, Regis explored issues of race, gender, sexuality and religion in pop culture. His work was exhibited extensively in Texas (Blue Start Arts Complex and McNay, both in San Antonio, the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, the African American Museum of Art in Dallas) as well as nationally (Agora Gallery in New York City and The Lab at the Roger Smith, also in New York), and internationally with an exhibition in New Zealand. In 2008 Regis was one of the alumni artists included in the 40th Anniversary Invitational Studio Art Alumni Exhibition presented in the Landmark Gallery.