Office: Serena 313B
MFA Sculpture - San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
BFA Sculpture - University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Chris Wubbena is the head of the Sculpture area and teaches all levels of Sculpture at Southeast Missouri State University. Over the years, Wubbena has taught a wide range of classes, including Professional Practices, Two and Three-Dimensional Foundations Screenprinting, Etching, Drawing I and II, and Contemporary Theory and Criticism. His creative work, much like his teaching, navigates across disciplines, employing the use of sculpture, installation, printmaking, drawing, sound, projection, and creative writing.
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 often references the link between geology, history, environment, politics, and contemporary civilization. In the end, the body of work created is an amalgamation of various landmarks and artifacts that investigate our shared existence as it sits teetering atop a world of accumulated beliefs, traditions, and misconceptions.
Professor Wubbena’s exhibition record includes indoor and outdoor exhibitions throughout the United States, in such places as San Francisco, CA; New Orleans, LA; Des Moines, IA; Charlottesville, VA; Sioux Falls, SD; and Lawrence, KS. In the spring of 2015, Wubbena was awarded Best of Show in the Dubuque, Iowa “Art on the River” Outdoor Exhibition. In addition, 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.
Professor Wubbena has also been awarded various grants for the completion of larger projects. “the de minimis series” was completed with support from a Mississippi Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. “Speaking While Listening”, a sculptural multi-media installation confronting lasting residue of the Vietnam/American War was supported by a Grants and Research Funding Committee Grant from Southeast Missouri State University and 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. Currently Wubbena is completing body of work titled “the antiquary and le flaneur,” an expansive endeavor ranging from large-scale sculpture, small charcoal drawings, and creative writing.