BFA - University of Northern Iowa, MFA - San Francisco State University
Office: Serena Hall SB309B
Associate Professor Chris Wubbena is the head of the sculpture area and teaches all levels of sculpture and three-dimensional foundations at Southeast Missouri State University. Over the years, Wubbena has taught a wide range of classes covering basic sculpture techniques, experimental media, printmaking, professional practices and contemporary theory. His creative work, much like his teaching, navigates across disciplines, employing the use of sculpture, installation, photographic printmaking, drawing, sound, projection, and creative writing.
Currently, Wubbena's artwork generates from an interest in melding physical and cultural history into compositions that exhume and challenge issues from yesterday and today. Through an assortment of media, he creates artwork that 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 body of work created is an amalgamation of various landmarks and artifacts that investigate our shared contemporary existence as it sits teetering atop a world of accumulated beliefs, traditions, and misconceptions.
Wubbena keeps an active exhibition record with indoor and outdoor exhibitions throughout the United States, in such exhibitions as “Art in Place” in Charlottesville, VA; “SculptureWalk” in Sioux Falls, SD; “The 9th Sculpture in the Park Exhibition” in Indianapolis, IN; “Art on the River” in Dubuque, IA; and “A Southern Perspective on Prints: 2005 New Orleans Triennial” in the New Orleans Museum of Art. Wubbena has also completed a number of outdoor commissioned projects, such as: “Landmarks”, commissioned by Butler County Iowa and “Forward”, commissioned by Mississippi Power Company in Gulfport Mississippi to commemorate the work done by the Mississippi Power employees during and after the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Chris 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 “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. Wubbena is currently working on a series of large-scale outdoor sculptures titled “progress: the antiquary and le flaneur.”