Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities
Clinical Associate Professor
Areas of Specialization: Gallery and Exhibition Studies, Social Practice, Sculpture, Printmaking
Office: ATC 4.911
Mail Station: JO 31
Email: [email protected]
I consider myself an interdisciplinary artist and curator whose class teaching schedule reflects the multitude of disciplines I have my hand in: gallery and exhibition studies, sculpture, printmaking, and grad seminars in art as social practice, interventionism, critical making, etc. My work could be best explained as political installation art as "social commentary." My works have generated headlines in many venues in the U.S. and Europe. A three-time awardee by the Observer's "Best Dallas Artist" and multiple winner (3) of the Houston Art Car Parade, I have garnered awards from the DMA, NEA, and most recently a finalist for "Smithsonian Artist Residency Fellowship." I was also Lead Artist for Rick Lowe's Nasher Sculpture Center "XChange" Project and featured in the DMA's "Dallasites" exhibition. I am the Co-founder of the "McKinney Ave Contemporary," "Dallas Artist Research and Exhibitions," and oversee the UTD Visual Arts Galleries. I am also a long time animal rights advocate, creating many works for P.E.T.A. displayed on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
I have many research interests from studio material uses and fabrication methodologies, character development, to curatorial studies, social sculpture, advocacy for artists, animals, and the underserved, and using creative intervention to create positive change in my community. Currently I am working on implementing a new model for engaging a larger market interest in supporting visual artists through the UTD Venture Development Center.
I take my students' interests seriously, understanding that they are in the midst of developing their passions and interests among many possibilities. It's typical to start out in one direction that can then open up opportunities and expose talents in other directions. What is shared is creative thinking and application. I believe it's important to allow experiences in the discovery process. Various disciplines, mediums and techniques should be explored with an inquisitive vigor that forms one's future directive. My objective in teaching is not to always force my perspective on students but instead to share my knowledge of materials and techniques and also engage the joy of discovery and a way to inject their passion through concept development and medium of choice. I judge my successes by how students are inspired to continue their creative pursuits and believe in their ability to make a difference.
Before my tenure as a UTD faculty member, I ran a successful series of large sculpture studios here in Dallas, where I produced the first "Public Arts Sculpture" for the Dallas Master Plan at the Bill Priest Center, designed and constructed props for a number of feature films and commercials out of Las Colinas Film Studios, as well as local theater sets and props, installations at museums, galleries and public venues, started an artists' advocacy and exhibition organization that then became the McKinney Ave. Contemporary and helped initiate an arts education program between Dallas Public Schools and the Dallas Museum of Art.
M.F.A. Printmaking, Indiana University, 1984
B.F.A. Printmaking, East Texas State University, 1974
Yale Summer School of Music and Art, 1973
Curriculum Vitae: Greg Metz's CV
Website(s): Greg Metz