Jeffrey Metzner, head of the Motion Graphics dept at the School of Visual Art, passed away Friday, February 15th. While I didn’t know Mr. Metzner, he had a profound impact on many of his students. Here’s what one of them had to say:
I was a student of his, and his totally open ended interpretation of what motion graphics is, and should be, molded me into the designer and artist I am today. It’s safe to say, I would not be in the industry I am in, or have the job I have without Jeff Metzner ‘s guidance.
Mention his name to any boutique motion house in New York City and you’re guaranteed to meet someone who’s experienced him and the type of student he cultures in his class. It’s also worth mentioning that this was a man in his 60’s teaching and influencing the motion graphics industry, an industry well known for having an average age of 26.
UPDATE: Here are the (new) service arrangements:
A Gathering for Family and Friends of Jeffrey Ethan Metzner
22 West 15th St.
between 5th and 6th Ave.
4-6 pm Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Jeffrey’s name to The Visual Arts Foundation at The School of Visual Arts.
Memorial service to be held at a later date.