Through a fabulous fluke in 1958, 16 year old Jeffrey Metzner was hired by a big time ad agency while he was still in high school. Here he learned the many skills of the commercial artist from some of the most talented studio artists of the time.
Later he worked at the best ad agencies as an art director until finding a home at the seminal New York advertising agency Doyle, Dane Bernbach, during their ‘golden period’, where he achieved immediate recognition as their ‘renegade’ art director and made a name for himself as one of advertisings top creatives.
As an architectural interior designer he designed and built the much publicized interior for Bert Stern’s art store "ON 1st".
For the next 20 years he directed TV commercials for his own award winning Metzner Productions.
Metzner now, heads the highly experimental, motion graphics department at The School of Visual Arts (<sva-dv.com) and for the past 10 years, he’s been teaching a series of internationally acclaimed ‘alternative advertising portfolio’classes at SVA.
Metzner has won many awards in diverse categories over the years including an Art Directors Club Gold Medal in 1971 for a commercial that he wrote, art directed and directed. While he was on the board of directors of the Art Directors Club he curated the 1998 ‘Young Guns’ Show, he also curated the 1998 Type Directors Club Show ‘Typography 19’. And was the Curatorial Chair for the 2001‘Young Guns 3 exhibition and book, (ADC YG3 NYC).
Metzner is an accomplished painter whose work has been shown in many museums and galleries.
His photographic work as an adventurer on horseback in Tibet appeared over 8 pages in Travel & Leisure (July 1993).
He is married to photographer Sheila Metzner with whom he has eight grown children (25 – 42) and nine grandchildren. You can find them upstate in Chatham, NY, a hideaway in Moab, Utah or where they mostly live and work in Brooklyn, New York.