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Conger Metcalf was born April 27, 1914 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As a high school student he pursued both music and art. He spent two summers studying at Grant Wood’s Stone City Art Colony, attended Coe College, Cedar Rapids (1928-32), where he studied art under Marvin Cone. He Moved to Boston and continued his studies (drawing and painting) at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, under Alexandre Iacovleff and Karl Zerbe. It was during a trip[ to Mexico (1940) that he came up with the technique of layering thin washes of oil on clay-coated paper. 1956: Joined the Copley Society, Boston. 1956-72: Associate professor of Art, Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts. 1975: Visiting Professor of Art, Emmanuel College, Boston, and Gordon College, Wenhem. He traveled frequently to Italy. Metcalf exhibited in many one-man and group shows throughout the country, in commercial and institutional galleries including the Hayden Gallery, M.I.T., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Boston Athenaeum. Among the public collections in which his work is found are: Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Coe College, Cedar Rapids IA; and DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA. He died February 18, 1998.
Conger Metcalf’s works are generally undated. Although his subjects include landscapes and still-lifes, his most popular subject was the figure, especially children.