Greg Metz

Senior Lecturer I - Arts And Humanities

Professional Preparation

M.S. - M.F.A., Fine Arts
Indiana University - 1984
Ph.D. - Business Administration
University of Washington - 1980
B.A - B.F.A, Printmaking
East Texas State University - 1974

Research Areas

Areas of Specialization
  • Printmaking, sculpture, drawing, and mixed media.

Additional Information


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 and The New York Times, as well as numerous regional publications. 

He has designed award-winning sets for theater and was awarded "Best Artist" three times in the annual "Best of Dallas" awards presented by the Dallas Observer. 

Greg Metz initiated an Artist Advisory Board at the Dallas Museum of Art. 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 the 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-founded of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, an alternative arts and performance center in Dallas. 

He recently curated a show at the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, "Drawing Under the Influence" which was widely reviewed and included 4 Whitney Biennale artists. In 2005 he curated the exhibition "Unreal" at UT Dallas which premiered David Hanson's Philip K. Dick's Robot model installation, one of the most advanced lifelike interactive robots to date which was later to be included in the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial at the Smithsonian. In Spring 2009, he curated 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 tool to create change and awareness. 

  • Dallas Morning News    8.19.84,81, A Head of His Time, Photo
  • Dallas Times Herald    8.19.84, p. 3, Republican Convention Week, Photo Special
  • Dallas Morning News    9.25.84, 41A, Protest Sculpture, Story/Photo, Norma Wade
  • Dallas Observer    2.20.86, p. 21, Restaurants/Not Necessarily Rich and Famous,K. Littlefield
  • D Magazine    6.86, p. 64-66, Still Ufe with Hell's Ange/ and Microphone, Story/Photo, Skip Hollingsworth
  • Dallas Ufe Magazine    6.86, p. 64-66, Still Ufe with Hell's Ange/ and Microphone, Story/Photo, Skip Hollingsworth
  • Mother Jones Magazine    6.86, p. 13-15, Artist Provacateur, Story/Photos, Kinney Littlefield
  • Dallas Morning News    December 1986, p. 25, Front Unes, Story/Photo, Russ Francis
  • Lubbock Ava/anche Jrl.    10.19.86, 29A, Sculpture Photo
  • Boston Herald    8.12.86, Sculpture Photo, Associated Press
  • Dallas Times Hera/d    10.23.87, E1, E4, Haunted House, Story and Photo, Ann Jarmusch
  • Dallas Times Herald    7.19.88, E1, E5, Politics and the Arts, Story and Photo, Ann Jarmusch
  • Dallas Morning News    5.88, C1, C7, Arts Eye Explores Left Bank, Story/Photo, T. Maurstad
  • Dallas Morning News    5.28.89, C1, C7, Art and the Poverty Une, Story/Photo, KenPerkins
  • Dallas Morning News    6.24.90, Guest Editorial Feature: NEA, Editorial, Photo, Illustration
  • Dallas Life Magazine    10.6.91, p. 6, Informer, Food for Thought, Story/Photo, Sophie Dembling
  • Dallas Morning News    5.22.92, 32A, Museum Gives $18,000 to 9 Artists, Story/Photo, Janet Kutner
  • Dallas Morning News    6.7.92, 4C, Artists Have Big Plans for DMA Grants, Photo/Story, Shermakaye Bass
  • Dallas Observer    10.29.92, p. 34, Best of Dallas Issue, Most Committed Artist
  • Dallas Observer    6.17.93, p. 13, Bull Suit. Ellise Pierce
  • Dallas Morning News    8.15.93, p. 18-27. Dallas Life Magazine, Art Snobs Meet Frankensteer. Story/Photo, Bryan Wooley
  • KERA Radio    8.27.93, Karen Denard Show, Pioneer Plaza, Greg Metz, guest
  • Dallas Observer    9.27.93, p. 98, Best of Dallas Issue, Best Artist Utigator, Best Artist Organization
  • Dallas Morning News    2.13.94. C1, C6, Alternative Art Space in Dallas, StorylPhoto, Janet Kutner
  • WRRRadio    5.20.95, Art Matters, Quinn Mathews, Greg Metz and Mary Jane Jacobs
  • WRR Radio    2.20.94, An Matters, Quinn Mathews, Greg Metz, Interview
  • D Magazine    4.03 A traveling Diner turns Stomachs in Europe, p 16
  • Dallas Observor    9.25.03 'Dallas Best Visual Artist', p.67
  • Art Lies magazine    Summer 2004 Alchemist of Imagination, Charissa Terranova, pp 41-46 w/photos,
  • 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, DAR.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 12000
  • 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
  • 'UnReal' Main Gallery, UT Dallas, Oct./Nov.2005
  • 'Material Process" Main Gallery, Southside Resident Artists, UT Dallas, July 2005
  • 'Beyond the Vacuum' Panel Moderator, Texas Sculpture Symposium: Mary Jane Jacobs, Lawrence Miller, Robert Pruitt 1 David Hanson, Texas Tech. Nov. 2006
  • 'Babyloney', Ida Green Gallery, Austin College Sherman, Tx. Feb. 2006
  • 'My Face', Main Gallery University of Texas @ Dallas, July, 2007
  • UnNatural Disaster', Main Gallery, University of Texas @ Dallas, Mar, 2008

News Articles

'A Market for Change’: Art and the Workplace
Dr. Metz, a long-time artist and curator of Derive Art, and Ms. Saunders a designer at Derive Art, are time travelers in their own right, creators of time-defying spaces, and researchers who have dedicated their lives to promoting art education.

Dr. Metz’s venture, Derive Art, is an art service that specializes in bringing contemporary artworks to the workplace. As a service, Derive Art provides artwork installations for rent and acquisition, but the goal of Dr. Metz and Ms. Saunders research is more impactful than feng shui. While their multifaceted approach to introduce artwork into the workplace creates a platform for employees to become knowledgeable about art, as well as spark interesting conversations about the world around them, their work aims to solve an underlying problem that Dr. Metz understands very well.
Offbeat Artworks Explore a World Gone Wrong
UT Dallas will host UnNatural Disasters, an art exhibit curated by faculty member Greg Metz, March 28 – April 25.

Metz describes the exhibition as “an artists’ commentary on a world, which, as a result of anomaly, misinterpretation, appropriation, manipulation, exploitation or neglectful intervention, has had its fate altered from the norm.”

The exhibition in the Main Gallery of the University’s Visual Arts Building is free and open to the public.


Awarded Warhol-Rockefeller NEA New Forms Initiative Grant
- [2018–2018]