Wubbena to Present ‘Speaking While Listening: Prelude’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 2, 2009 – In support of his upcoming exhibition in the summer of 2010, artist Chris Wubbena will give a talk titled “Speaking While Listening: Prelude” at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to attend the presentation by Wubbena, assistant professor of sculpture at Southeast, about his recent visit to Vietnam with his father, a Vietnam veteran living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Wubbena will discuss his insights into the places he visited with his father including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the area around Tay Ninh where his father was involved in combat.  He also will discuss the many people he met while in Vietnam and how they have shaped his father since.

Wubbena keeps an active exhibition record with indoor and outdoor exhibitions throughout the United States. Over the past few years, Wubbena has exhibited his work in the Art in Place Exhibition in Charlottesville, Va.; Sculpture Walk in Sioux Falls, S.D.; the New Orleans Triennial, with guest juror Marilyn Kushner from the Brooklyn Museum of Art; and the Delta Exhibition in Little Rock, Ark., with guest Juror Don Reitz.  His work has earned him the Grand Award for the Delta Exhibition and most recently a Mississippi Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship with partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.   In the summer of 2007, he completed and installed a large-scale public sculpture for Mississippi Power Company on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.  The sculpture was commissioned to commemorate the work done by Mississippi Power employees during and after Hurricane Katrina.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours are Tuesday.-Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends: 1-4 p.m. For additional information, visit www.semo.edu/museum/ or call (573) 651-2260.