Kathryn Metz Biography

Kathryn Metz




Kathryn (Kay) Metz, painter and printmaker, was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1932. She received her BFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and her MA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Between 1966 and 1967, she studied at Atelier 17 in Paris under the auspices of the College Art Study Abroad, American Center for Students and Artists, and then with Robert Blackburn in New York.

Metz's teaching experience began at Phoenix College in Arizona in 1964. She was part-time faculty at the New York University School of Education, New York City between 1967 and 1969, moving then to the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. After a brief teaching stint at the University of California Extension in Los Angeles she was hired in 1971 to teach printmaking at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is now Professor Emerita after retiring in 1992.

Metz has exhibited extensively, participating in numerous group and solo exhibitions internationally. Her work earned her residence grants at the Huntington Hartford Foundation, Pacific Palisades in 1965 and the MacDowell Colony residence fellowship in 1966-1967. Her works are held in numerous collections, including the New York Public Library; the Library of Congress; the Fresno Art Museum; the Phoenix Art Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chamaliers, France; Grunwald Graphic Arts Foundation, University of California, Los Angeles; and Special Collections, McHenry Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Kay Metz died in Santa Cruz, California on September 27, 2018.