Greg Metz Professional Profile

Greg Metz has held a Senior Lecturer position in the Arts and Performance program since 1994. He holds a B.F.A. degree in from East Texas State University (1974) and an M.F.A. degree in from Indiana University (1979). He was awarded a fellowship to study at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art (1973) and Indiana University Graduate Program. His teaching responsibilities at the University of Texas at Dallas have involved 2 and 3D design, Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing as well as teaching graduate seminar courses in 'Gallery and Exhibition Studies, relational aesthetics, interventionist art and dialogistics. He is gallery facilitator of the 'Main Gallery' at UTD.

Greg Metz has exhibited artworks nationally and internationally in a variety of venues including: Grand Palace, Amsterdam, Koln Cathedral, Koln Germany, General Post Office, Dublin, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Washington National Mall, Dallas Museum of Art, San Antonio Art Museum, Arlington Art Museum and numerous public and private collections. His work is primarily issue oriented and political in nature focusing on art as propaganda and editorial, earning him reviews in San Francisco's Art Week, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Mother Jones, San Diego Chronicle, Boston Herald, Washington Times, NPR radio, New York Times as well as numerous regional publications.

He has designed award-winning sets for theater. He was awarded the Otis Dozier Travel Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art (1992) to travel to Berlin to observe the effects of political reverb in the Visual Arts following following the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and East Germany's annexation to the West. He received a New Forms Initiative Grant in 1992 funded by the NEA. and the Rockefeller/Warhol Foundation to create a work in the Trinity corridor to address conflicts in interest between the disenfranchised American Indian Community and the corporate institutions banking opposite sides of the river during he Columbus Sesquicentennial celebration. He was three times awarded the 'Best Artist' category ' in the annual 'Best of Dallas' awards presented by the Dallas Observer. The most recent award was for 2003.

Greg Metz initiated an 'Artist Advisory Board' to have input into the Dallas Museum of Arts programming. He was the lead artist on the initial prototype for the Dallas Master Plan's 'Percent for the Arts Program and later worked to establish 'Project Teamwork' bringing art education into public schools through collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art. He Co-founded and chaired as president 'Dallas Artist Research and Exhibition, a non-profit artist run organization whose mission is to show and support experimental artists and their research, which lead to his co- founding of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, an alternative arts and performance center in Dallas. He also Co-Chaired the 2006 Texas Sculpture Symposium, which brought in Mary Jane Jacobs, Mel Chin and Jim Harithas of 'The Station' in Houston and coordinated and moderated a Panel 'Beyond the Vacuum' which explored contemporary sculpture's role in addressing social and political issues. The Panel included Lawrence Miller, Robert Pruitt, David Hanson. In 1997 Greg adopted the TVAA Annual High School Art Competition with over 1,000 North Texas entries, bringing it to UTD's Main Gallery, raising it's status and giving it a professional presentation and curatorial provenance by assembling a jury of area high profile art writers, artists and curators. This effort has been an annual commitment for the last thirteen years.

Metz has continued his public arts participation with his students, creating artistic, innovative cars to compete in the annual Houston Art Car Parade which they won first prize out of over 800 world wide entries two years in a row. He has also employed his installation design experience to presenting- provocative to sublime -first rate exhibitions in the Main Gallery at UTD, transcending the limitations of a multiuse, free access space. He assembled a national Graffiti Show bringing in 11 of the most notorious 'low profile' scrawl artist in the country. In 2006 he curated a show at the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, "Drawing Under the Influence" which was widely reviewed and included 4 Whitney Biennale artists. Other curated exhibitions include, 'Unreal' at UTD which premiered David Hanson's Philip K Dick's Robot model installation, one of the most advanced lifelike interactive robots to date, 'Capital f' the role failure plays in inspiring creativity, 'unNatural Disaster';human intervention in realigning nature and his most recent curatorial effort, 'Botany of Desire', which examines the similarities of the symbiotic, creative roles that plants and artist play in insuring their own survival and thus the desire to give meaningful identity to the their surrounding environments.

Greg has currently proposed (by invitation) a major environmental installation project to be constructed at the new 'Dallas Contemporary' between 2010-212. This project (yet to be realized) would engage in multimedia collaboration between horticulture, digital video, 3D sculpture, documentary compilation and organic processing. He is also focusing more on the importance of artist collectives in response to social, cultural and environmental engagement through collaborative actions.. Such efforts have resulted in the exhibition 'StayBite: Modes of Operation' which included a group of interventionist collectives from the West Coast to present varied profiles of their interactions using their art as tools to create change and awareness. He organized and implemented one of Dallas' first Flash Mob Art Actions, 'Making the Invisible Visible', creating and assembling a network of 'Artists' in performing a dialogical intervention in the 'Dallas Arts District' advocating for more debate on healthcare issues for artists.

His most recent advocacy efforts involves initiating an 'IDEA' grant to develop a world wide web based 'Creative Class': a 3-D architecturally floating, interactive community of creative thinkers which will interface with Google Earth. This is a collaborative project with architects, artists, web and graphic designers. He is a 2012 Nominee for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship with his proposal for creating a 'Museum of the Accident', researching sectors of the Smithsonian Museum Complex for evidence of the links between accident, disaster, catastrophe and that of innovation, progress, and accumulation as posited in the writings of urban culturist, developer, philosopher and writer Paul Virilio.  


GREG METZ Curriculm vitae 2011

M.F.A. Printmaking, Indiana University, 1984
B.F.A. Printmaking, East Texas State University, 1974
Yale Summer School of Music and Art Fellowship, 1973

  • N.C.E.C.A. (National Council on Education on Ceramic Arts) Invitational, Southwest School of Arts and Crafts, San Antonio, TX, 1988
  • Social Disorder, Group Invitational, L.A.C.E. (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, California, 1988; Curator: Mike Kelley
  • Texas Sculpture Symposium, Invitational, San Antonio Art Museum, Installation, San Antonio, TX, 1989
  • 3 Person Show, 3004 McKinney Alternative Gallery, Dallas, TX, 1989; Curator: Tom Moody
  • Six Operas, Six Artists, McKinney Ave Contemporary, Dallas, TX, 1995; Curator: Dr. Richard Brettell
  • A Space Time: The Fourth Dimension, McKinney Ave Contemporary, Dallas, TX, 1997
  • Odd Realities, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX, 1997; Curator: Joan Davidow
  • Dallas Video Festival, Video Installation, Dallas Theater Center, 1998; Curator: Bart Weiss
  • Material Matters, Installations, UTD, Dallas, TX, 1998, Curator: John Pomara
  • The Beauty Show, Arlington Museum of Art, 1998. Curator: Joan Davidow
  • 13 Hours, Invitational, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX, 1998
  • 20x500 Invitational Traveling Exhibition; 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX, Waco Art Museum, Waco,TX, Richland College, Dallas, TX, Sep. 1998-Jan., 1999
  • Rear View Mirror, invitational exhibition, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Tx., 1999
  • Houston Art Car Museum, Installation, 'Absolut Pollock' June 2000-2001
  • HiJinx, Arlington Museum of Art/ UTD, invitational exhibition, Curator John Pomara, Joan Davidow, 2000
  • Touchy Feely, Performance and Sculpture, Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas. June, 2002
  • Drawn 2, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Tx. group Exhibition, Dec 2002
  • Capitol f, Univ. of Texas @ Dallas, Curator Brandon Kennedy, March 2003
  • 100 Drawings, University of Dallas, Curator Christine Biseto, April 2004
  • Drawing Under The Influence, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Curator Greg Metz, April-June 2004
  • 'Bodacious Bods' MFA Gallery, Dallas, Group exhibition, curator Steve Cruz, June/Aug. 2004
  • 'An Invitation to Laugh', l Group Exhibition, El Centro Gallery, Dallas, Tx., Curator Iris Bustillo, Aug/Sept. 2004
  • DIY Exhibition, Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College. Curator Randall Garrett, Oct, Nov. 2004. Included Hills Snyder, Teresa O'Conner, Dave Bryant. Panel Moderated by Rainey Knudson, Glass Tire.
  • Contextual, Coffin Factory, Dallas, Tx. April, 2005
  • Dallas Art Fair, MFA Gallery installation, Southside Kennedy Gallery, Dallas, Tx. Oct. 2005
  • Conspiracy Show, Continental Gallery, Pigeon Stone Projects, Dallas, Tx. Nov. 2005
  • 'Patriot Acts' Barry Whistler Gallery, Three person show, Dallas, Tx. Summer 2006
  • 'Night Train' Studio 832, Curator Bill Bartee, Dallas, Tx. Summer 2006
  • 'Babyloney', installation, Ida Green Gallery, Austin College Sherman, Tx. Feb. 2007
  • 'Lizard Cult', Group Show, Clementine Gallery, NY. NY, Summer 2007
  • "Jugg" three person show, 414 Gallery, Ft. Worth, Tx. Oct. 2007
  • Show # 11, group show, And / Or gallery, curator Titus Obrien, Sept 07
  • "Your favorite artist was a member: 30 yrs. At 500X Gallery' 500 X Gallery, Feb. 2008.
  • *'Year of Living Dangerously' Faculty Show, Main Gallery UTD Dallas,Tx, Jan. 2010
  • *'Indignation' Curators Charissa Teranova/John Pomara, Main Gallery Univ. of Texas Dallas, Oct. Nov. 2010
  • *'Quantum Dada',Curator Volker Eisele, Rudolph Blume Fine Art/ArtScan Gallery, Houston, Tx. July/Aug 2010
  • 'Invasions', Carolyn Heinz Gallery, Hamburg Germany, Curator Reinhold Engberding Nov. 2011


  • REVIEWS: Artweek, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Mother Jones, San
    Diego Chronicle, National Public Radio, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Banner, L.A. Weekly Reader, Boston Herald, Art Space Magazine, Art Papers, D Magazine, Dallas Observer, Dallas Times Herald, Cable News Network, Washington Times
  • "D Magazine" Feature, Artist of Dallas Performance Art, May, 1986
    "Dallas Life" Magazine Feature Article, Dallas Morning News, October, 1986, 1988
  • Curator: Between the Cracks, Center for Research in Contemporary Art, University of
    Texas at Arlington, 1989
  • Lead Artist Design Team, Dallas Public Arts Project: Bill Priest Career Training Complex, Dallas, TX, Jurors: Mickey Gustin, Vicki Meek, Brad Goldberg, Eileen Sky, 1990
  • Co-Founder and President, D.A.R.E. (Dallas Artists Research and Exhibition), a not-for-
    profit, artist-run alternative arts organization 1990-1995
  • Lead Artist: Visual AIDS: Day Without Art, Installation, Dallas Museum of Art; Curator: Sue Graze 1990
  • Co-Founder and Member, Artist Advisory Board, Dallas Museum of Art 1990
  • Otis and Velma Dozier Travel Grant Award, Dallas Museum of Art 1992
  • New Forms Regional Initiative Grant-NEA, Rockefeller/Warhol Foundation 1991
  • Most Committed Artist, Dallas Observer, Best of Dallas Awards, 1992
  • Best Arts Organization, Dallas Observer, Best of Dallas Awards, 1993
  • Best Artist Litigator, Dallas Observer, Best of Dallas Awards, 1993
  • Co-Founder, McKinney Avenue Contemporary 1994
  • First Place Winner, Annual Art Car Parade, Houston, TX 1998/ 1999 / 2000
  • Curator, Aerosol Scrawl, graffiti exhibition, University of Texas at Dallas, 1998
  • Curator, Hung, University of Texas at Dallas, 2001
  • Dallas Best Visual Artist, Dallas Observer Awards, 2003
  • Curator, Drawing Under the Influence, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, April- June 2004
  • Curator, Gaza Zoo, Laray Polk. University of Texas @ Dallas Aug/Sept. 2004
  • Curator 'UnReal' Main Gallery, UT Dallas, Oct./Nov. 2005
  • Curator 'Material Process' Main Gallery, Southside Resident Artists, UT Dallas, July 2005
  • Panel Moderator 'Beyond the Vacuum', Texas Sculpture Symposium: Mary Jane Jacobs, Lawrence Miller , Robert Pruitt , David Hanson , Texas Tech. Nov. 2006
  • Curator 'Babyloney' , Ida Green Gallery, Austin College Sherman, Tx. Feb. 2006
  • Curator 'My Face', Main Gallery University of Texas @ Dallas, July, 2007
  • Curator 'UnNatural Disaster', Main Gallery, University of Texas @ Dallas, Mar, 2008
  • Curator 'You there with your plastic bag, U sir,suck' Univ, of Texas @Dallas Main Gallery, July 2009
  • Curator 'StayBite: Modes of Operations' Greg Metz in collaboration with Curators Evelyn Serrano (Cal Arts), Karla Diaz Univ. of Calif at Long Beach) Jan. 2009 Univ. of Texas @ Dallas. Main Gallery
  • Site Specific installation Project 2009-2012, 'Sub-Haven Garden' Green Space initiative , Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Joan Davidow curator. (on hold awaiting funding)
  • Film inclusion: Title: 'Auto-morphosis' Producer director: Harrod Blank ISBN 0-933621-93-0 Publication date: 2008
  • Visiting Lecturer: Texas Tech University 2010, 'Project Core' Interventionist Programing
  • Book Inclusion: Title: Road Show, Art Cars and the Museums of the Streets', Author: Eric Dregni, Ruthann Godollei ISBN: 13:978-1-933108-17-9 Speck Press/fulcrum Publishing 2009, Greg Metz pgs. 83, 110
  • Curator, 'Botany of Desire', Univ. of Texas at Dallas, March /April 2011
  • Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Nominee 2012 (awaiting final notice)


  • Performance with Victor Dada, Political Wrestling, 500 Café, Dallas, TX, 1984
  • Set design, Studio #1: Native Speech, Greenville Ave. Theatre, Dallas, TX, 1984
  • Animation, MTV: Danny Elfman, Los Angeles, California, 1984
  • Installation/Performance, Dallas Museum of Art: An Evening at the Cabaret Voltaire, Dallas, TX, 1985
  • Best of Dallas Video, Invitational, Dallas Museum of Art, Curated by Jon Held and Bart Weiss, Dallas, TX, 1986
  • The Ark, Installation, Boston Commons, Boston, Massachusetts, 1987
  • Installation, National Mall, Washington, D.C., 1986-1988
  • Installation, Club Dada, Dallas, TX, 1986
  • Performance, Caravan of Dreams: The Problem with the Problem, Ft. Worth, TX, 1987
  • Design and installation, South Dallas Cultural Center: An Artist Haunted House, Dallas, TX,
  • Performance, Texas Theater: J.F.K. Memorial Show, Dallas, TX, 1988
  • Prospect Grill: Texas Artist Speak, Included: Terry Allen, Bob Wade, Robert Yarber, Gary Panter, Sara Waters; Curator: Laney Yarber, Dallas, TX, 1988
  • Installation: The Can, National Mall, Washington, D.C., 1988
  • Production and set design, Geo Falls in Love, Octavio Solis Teleplay Video, KERA production, Director: Bart Weiss, 1989
  • Permanent Sculpture Installation, Bill Priest Center, Dallas, Tx.. 1989
  • Southwest Alternative Media Project Production Award, 1990
  • Sculpture Installation, Health and Human Services Building, Washington, D.C., Summer, 1990
  • Installation, 'Modern Dining', Continental Gin Building, Dallas, TX, May, 1995
  • Installation, 'Modern Dining', National Mall, Washington, D.C., June-Sept., 1995
  • Mask designs, 'The Bakkhai', Director Fred Curchack UTD theater, 2001
  • Houston Art Car Parade, Houston, Tx. Ist Place awards 1999,2000,2001
  • McKinney Ave.Contemporary, 'Sallad ' performance series, "State of The Loonion Address" 3/27-30, 2002
  • Houston Art Car Parade, Houston, Tx. April 2002
  • Installation 'Modern Dining' General Post Office Dublin Ireland, Aug, 2002
  • Installation 'Modern Dining' Royal Palace, Amsterdam, Aug, 2002
  • Installation 'Modern Dining' Koln Cathedral, Koln, Germany, Aug,. 2002
  • Set Design "Tis Pity She's a Whore" Director Raphael Perry, Univ. Tx. @ Dallas. Feb. 2005
  • Site Specific installation Project 2009-2012, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Joan Davidow curator. (unrealized)
  • PAC-WE Flash Mob Action, Arts District, Designer, Director/Producer, Oct. 29, 2010, Dallas, Tx.
  • Pecha Kucha Night 2, Dallas , Sarah Jane Semrad Curator, Sons of Herman Hall, Dallas, Tx. May 2010.
  • Modern Dining, Installation, National Mall, Washington D.C. May/June, 2010
  • Performance Installation: 'Big Rex Perry –Public Execution is Public Education' for Altered State Fair, Kessler Theater, Oct. 2011, Curator Steve Cruz

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