Gary Metz passes away
Gary Metz, Professor Emeritus, Photography passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 after a long illness. Gary was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 14, 1941. He is survived by his long time companion Jill Jann.
Professor Metz received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1968 and his MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1972. Shortly after graduating he held a curatorial internship at the Museum of Modern Art, NY and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for the curation of “The Great West: Real/Ideal” and editing a publication on the exhibition. He received National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in 1972/73 and 1980/81. Before coming to RISD, he taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, University of California at San Francisco and the University of Colorado. He came to RISD in 1981 to assume the role of Department Head of Photography, a position he held until 1992/93. Metz taught until 2003/04 and officially retired after a 2004/05 sabbatical.
During his tenure at RISD Metz was deeply committed to participating and encouraging the participation of others–from support staff to President–in the political, social, and intellectual life of the college. In the classroom he was an early proponent of interdisciplinary study at RISD and Situationist influenced practice. Both in and out of the classroom he shared his enthusiasms with all: he was a voracious reader, avid traveler, and wit. He embraced the “new” and gamely pioneered distance learning by inviting a European colleague to lecture to one of his courses at the turn of the century via an early version of Skype-like software.
The October 12 TC Colley Lecture of Israeli photographer Shai Kremer will be dedicated to Professor Metz with memorial remarks to be made by his close friend Baruch Kirschenbaum, Professor Emeritus, History of Art. The lecture will take place at 7pm in the Chace Center’s Metcalf Auditorium. Further details of commemorative services to be announced at a later date.