In the News
Brian’s gallery show was featured on the front page of Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in a Memorial Day tribute that was published Sunday May 25th.
Iron Art has designed the special edition jerseys that will be worn by the Rochester Rhinos at Hometown Heroes Night. Hometown Heroes honors those who serve in the armed forces as well as first responders (police, firemen, and EMTs).
Sergeant Brian Kennedy from Iron Art has partnered with the Rhinos to create the jerseys which will be worn on the field during game play. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with ALL proceeds going to the Veterans Outreach Center.
Brian was featured in Guard Experience’s online magazine GX’s My Favorite Guard Memory column. Here’s Brian’s favorite Guard memory:
I remember the time I deployed to Shindand Air Base in western Afghanistan with the 2/108th Infantry Battalion, 27th Brigade. My job was to help the public affairs officer, Lieutenant Jason Uhlig, my best friend, in creating artwork for a biweekly newsletter that would be distributed to all the Soldiers on base. During this time, I stumbled on a photo of Brigadier General Luigi Chiapperini, which is how I discovered that an Italian general was the NATO regional commander of Shindand Air Base. I was impressed to learn that there was a strong union between the United States and Italian militaries. I thought a personally hand-drawn portrait of an Italian leader would be a significant gift for the general and Italian army.
During our change of command ceremony, before demobilization, General Chiapperini made an appearance, and our battalion commander, Colonel Joseph Beuihler, presented him with the portrait as a parting gift. A mural I painted on a T-wall served as the setting in the background of the ceremony, and I also painted the artwork on the podium. After the ceremony, I spoke to the general, who shook my hand and told me how honored he was for the gift. Within the portrait, I pointed out that there was a small drawing of a shrimp hidden in his MultiCam uniform. It represented a joint operation between the U.S. and Italians called Operation Shrimps Net. In return for the gift, General Chiapperini presented me with a letter of appreciation for my artistic talent and dedication. That moment was one of the greatest honors of my life. It encouraged me to continue my artwork beyond Afghanistan and led to my starting a Veterans-helping-Veterans graphic design business with Lieutenant Uhlig called Iron Art.
Nothing says “Game-On” like a growling Otto in military fatigues. Especially if you’re following the Syracuse Orangemen while deployed overseas.
So U.S. Army National Guardsmen Brian Kennedy and 1st Lt. Jason Uhlig, Syracuse natives, created one while in Afghanistan and Syracuse University has put it on a T-shirt.Buy a Military Otto shirt online
*Proceeds from “Military Otto” T-shirt sales will benefit the work of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at SU, which supports veterans and military families, especially through business entrepreneurship training.