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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 Art Department 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 a BFA in Art with a Sculpture Emphasis and a Minor in Creative Writing from The University of Northern Iowa, and an MFA in Art with a Sculpture Emphasis from San Francisco State University. 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 landmarks, commissioned by Butler County Iowa was completed for the Rolling Prairie Trail in 2008 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 most recently 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 melding physical and cultural history into compositions that exhume, analyze, and challenge issues from yesterday and today.   Through an assortment of media he creates artwork that compiles and preserves information into layered, stacked, and eroded forms. The finished product most often references the link between geology, history, and everyday life, such as social stratification, political fissures, or historical sedimentation and erosion.  In the end, the artwork he creates is an amalgamation of various landmarks and artifacts. A landmark is more than a simple object or place; it is a reminder of an emotion, experience, or discovery. An artifact is a clue into secrets, secrets that have resisted the affects of time, to tell old underlying stories. The landmarks and artifacts presented, through material, form, and content, investigate our shared contemporary existence as it sits teetering atop a world of accumulated beliefs, traditions, and misconceptions.