Alan Metnick was born in Chicago and came of age in the 1960s. Shaken by the political turmoil of the era, he earned a BA in history at the University of Wisconsin. Determined to forge a meaningful life as an artist, Metnick first embraced photography, creating sensitive and strong work under the guidance of photographer Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received an MFA. Characteristically, he discovered printmaking while making protest posters for the Vietnam War, Kent State, and Cambodia, under RISD instructor Art Wood. Since then Metnick has created a body of work (photography, serigraphy, drawing, and stained glass) that reflects his many talents and interests in “the historical, biblical, and personal.” Metnick has managed a silkscreen business and gallery, published books and portfolios, and exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in Rhode Island and Poland, among other venues.