Hector Membreno-Canales

Hector’s work explores official histories, American patriotism, and the Military-Industrial Complex.

Francis C. Robertson Instructor of Visual Studies and Photography

Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Hector became a U.S. citizen in Allentown Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Andover, he served more than a decade as a US Army photographer with posts and deployments to Iraq, El Salvador, Poland, Germany, Canada, and elsewhere. He used the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill to earn a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and an MFA from the Dept. of Art & Art History at Hunter College, The City University of New York.

His work has received numerous grants and awards from The Eddie Adams Workshop, Red Bull Arts, Magnum Foundation, and a William R. Kenan Jr. Grant for graduate studies from Phillips Academy. His photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally including at Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, Osnova Gallery Moscow, Aperture Foundation NYC, The Delaware Contemporary Museum of Art, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (ATHICA), Photoville NYC, and FotoFest Houston. His photographs have been featured in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Columbia Journalism Review, NPR, CNN, and L’Oeil de la Photographie.

Hector is a Lecturer in the Art Culture and Technology (ACT) program at The Massachsetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and in 2022, graduated from the Smithsonian Institution's inaugural U.S. Army Monuments Officer Training. He has been a member of the US Army Reserve since 2007.

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