Sculptor Ken Hruby’s twenty-one years in the U.S. Army, including his tour of duty in the Vietnam War, have been a strong influence on his work. “Hruby’s work explores the tenuous relationship between soldier and society, ” his short bio on the web site of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston notes of Hurby, who is on the faculty. His work “spans a range of media—from objects through kinetics, and kinematic installations, to video and multimedia installations—usually with implied figuration.”
Hruby graduated from West Point with an infantry commission in 1961. In Vietnam, he served as an adviser to infantry and ranger battalions. After he retired from the military, Hruby studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Since then, his work has been shown in many group and solo shows and may be found in private and public collections, including the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago.
On November 9 (the Saturday of Veterans Day weekend), Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, will dedicate a new war memorial plaza outside the college’s Young-Wise football stadium. The memorial plaza includes a new a pair of bronzes, “Banded Brothers, ” by Hruby.
“The two bronzes triangulate the [refurbished statue of a World War I] doughboy, ” Hendrix College English Professor Alex Vernon told us. “You can see the doughboy as you look through the helmet silhouettes. The whole space is limited by landscape berms that subtly recall bunkers.”
The plaza recognizes the sacrifices of Hendrix College alums who served in the U.S. military and died in service to the nation. A new plaque reads:
Ken Hruby’s website is www.kenhruby.org