MFA, Georgia State University, 2002
BFA, University of Georgia, 1993
Robert Bubp completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing & Painting at the University of Georgia in 1993 and Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Painting, & Printmaking at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. in 2002. Bubp has exhibited widely across the U.S. as well as internationally. His 13 solo exhibitions have included Harvester Arts in Wichita, the Salina Art Center in Salina, Ks., the Indianapolis Art Center, the Kansas City Artists’ Coalition, Kansas State University, the University of Tulsa, and KSpace Contemporary in Corpus Christi, Texas. Bubp has participated in over 40 group exhibitions, with his work reviewed in local and national publications including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ArtPapers, the Syracuse Post-Standard, and NUVO Indianapolis, and has appeared in Art in America.
Represented by Trish Higgins Fine Art, Wichita, Ks., Bubp’s work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Boston Consulting Group in Atlanta, Ga., and the United Parcel Service in Atlanta, Ga., Emprise Bank of Wichita, Ks., the Kansas Health Foundation of Wichita, Ks., and the University of Kansas. In 2012 Bubp was commissioned to create a large-scale permanent work for the new B.E.S.T. Building on the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Ks.
Robert Bubp has won numerous university and external grants and awards, including the Master Artist Fellowship from the Kansas Arts Commission in 2005, the WSU College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005 and 2015, the WSU College of Fine Arts Award for Fine Arts Special Endeavor for initiation and development of WSU Shift Space in 2006. In 2010, Bubp was honored with the university-wide Award for Creative Activity for recognition of an ambitious creative agenda including creative projects on campus and in the local community.
“To walk is to lack a place. It is the indefinite process of being absent and in search of a proper...an experience that is, to be sure, broken up into countless tiny deportations (displacements and walks), compensated for by the relationships and intersections of these exoduses that intertwine and create...a universe of rented spaces haunted by a nowhere or by dreamed-of places.” --Michel DeCerteau
The thrill of being anywhere without a purpose is to be headlong within the tidal wave of De Certeau's intersections and intertwined sensations. I want to find the "underground" by investigating the real, the historic, and the imagined in places and communities through meeting people, exploring creative play with them, or by finding clandestine knowledge that has been ignored, repressed, or is yet unknown. It may be research into the past, a vision of a strange future, conversations with people who care about their place, or a map of movements or histories that drives the process.
Trends and issues in transitions and movement of people, places, and spaces can be seen in the secrets and stories of the local. Even more, they are the kind of play within the urban fabric that we need most now, in my opinion, not necessarily to disseminate via mass media, but to discover on our own, one-by-one and two-by-two, in the effort against mass corporatization and control. As De Certeau suggests, let the intersections force us to uncover them; in this spirit I seek people and places that resist easy definition.