Gary Meyer was born on May 13, 1934 in Oklahoma. After graduating from high school in Burbank, he joined the Marines (1952-1955). When he returned from Korea, he used the G.I. Bill to attend Art Center as an Illustration major, and graduated with honors in 1959. His professional experience includes work for all aircraft companies, all movie studios, record companies, publishing companies and many others. He joined the Illustration faculty in 1988 and was acting co-Chair of the department from 2003 to 2004. He was the second person to be named Master of the College and has won the Great Teacher Award 17 times.