Jeffrey Metzner: 1941-2008

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
Tibet House
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.

About the author

Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.



Well said, I also had the exact scenario with Jeffrey. We both helped each other to achieve what we felt would be the best approach in creating & defining a new department for SVA (Broadcast Design). Im glad Jeffrey was able to enrich the students he taught.
(SVA 2001 graduate).


As a student of Jeffrey back in 04′ I was honored when he asked me to teach with him for his portfolio class. Jeffrey was not only my teacher he was my mentor, colleague, good friend and inspiration. He will be forever missed and his vision will keep on going because that is the way he wouldnt wanted it..

Marco Ruesta
(SVA 2004 graduate)

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