2016 Alfred Z. Solomon Residency
Borrowed Light: Artist Talk with Sheila Metzner

Sheila Metzner, Title Unknown, c. 1985, Fresson (Quadrichrome) print, 24 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches, gift of Jack Shear, 2015.1.468

Photographer Sheila Metzner creates work that spans fine art, fashion, portraiture, still life, and landscape photography. Several of Metzner’s works were recently given to the Tang Teaching Museum and are on view in the exhibition Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection. Join us for a special evening with the artist exploring her unique body of work at 7 pm Thursday, March 24, 2016.

Sheila Metzner (b. 1939, Brooklyn, NY) attended Pratt Institute, where she majored in Visual Communications, and was later hired by Doyle Dane Bernbach advertising agency as its first female art director. She has worked in photography ever since, creating work that has been displayed in gallery exhibitions and for commercial clients. Metzner is well known for her use of the Fresson printing process, a rare method of color printing developed in France in 1895, and continued by the family’s descendants. Metzner is just one of ten U.S. photographers they have chosen to collaborate with.

Metzner has created commercial photography for Vogue, Elizabeth Arden, Perry Ellis, Shiseido, Saks Fifth Avenue, Paloma Picasso, Victoria’s Secret, Levi’s, and Ralph Lauren, among others. She has published four monographs: Objects of Desire (1986), Sheila Metzner’s Color (1991), Inherit the Earth (2000), and Form and Fashion (2001). She was awarded the International Center of Photography Infinity Award and the 1987 Best Print Advertising Campaign Award from the Fragrance Foundation. Her work is featured in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the International Center of Photography, and the Getty among others. She exhibits nationally at Fahey/Klein in Los Angeles, Staley Wise in New York, and internationally with Carla Sozzani in Milan.

This event is made possible by the generous support of The Alfred Z. Solomon Residency, which brings notable scholars, artists, and critics to Skidmore to address a wide range of issues in the visual arts.

Sheila Metzner at the Tang

Photographer Sheila Metzner joined Skidmore students in the Tang's Malloy Wing to view and discuss the exhibition Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection on Friday, March 25, 2016.
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