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Education

  • MFA Sculpture, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
  • BFA Sculpture, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Chris Wubbena is a Professor of Sculpture in the Department of Art and Design at Southeast Missouri State University. He has been teaching at the university level since 2002, with previous positions at The University of Southern Mississippi and The University of Northern Iowa. He holds an MFA in Art with a Sculpture Emphasis from San Francisco State University and a BFA in Art with a Sculpture Emphasis and a Creative Writing Minor from The University of Northern Iowa. Wubbena’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the country in such cities as San Francisco, CA; St. Louis, MO; Indianapolis, IN; Des Moines, IA; Sioux Falls, SD; Charlottesville, VA; and New Orleans, LA. Wubbena has also completed a number of outdoor commissioned projects. The public sculpture titled Commence, commissioned for the city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri was completed in 2017 and the public sculpture titled Forward, commissioned by Mississippi Power Company for Gulfport, Mississippi was completed in 2007 to commemorate the work done by Mississippi Power employees during and after the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Wubbena has been awarded various grants for the completion of larger indoor installation projects, including a Mississippi Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for the completion of Wubbena’s de minimis series and a Grants and Research Funding Committee Grant from Southeast Missouri State University to complete a project titled speaking while listening, which is an expression, through sculptural installation, of the Viet Nam/American war and its contemporary relevance. speaking while listening has been exhibited at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO; Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA; Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL; and Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.

The concepts and forms that make up Wubbena’s artwork generate from an interest in reconsideration and reinvention of historical and contemporary issues.  Through an assortment of media he creates artwork that compiles and preserves information into layered, stacked, and eroded forms and surfaces. The finished product most often references the link between geology, history, and everyday life, such as social stratification, political fissures, historical sedimentation, or environmental erosion.  In the end, the artwork he creates is an amalgamation of authored landmarks and artifacts that investigate our shared contemporary existence as it sits  atop a world of accumulated beliefs, traditions, and misconceptions.