Assistant Professor of Art and Design (Sculpture/ 3D)
School of Art+Design
Christopher Robbins works on the uneasy cusp of public art and community development, creating sculptural interventions in the daily lives of strangers. He uses heavy material demands and a carefully twisted work-process to craft awkwardly intimate social collaborations.
He built his own hut out of mud and sticks and lived in it while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, spoke at a United Nations conference about his cross-cultural digital arts and education work in the South Pacific, and has lived and worked in London, Tokyo, West Africa, the Fiji Islands, and former Yugoslavia. He has exhibited at the National Museum of Wales, PERFORMA 07, Nikolaj Kunsthallen/ Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, and been awarded residencies/ fellowships from Skowhegan, MacDowell Colony, Haystack, Penland, and Anderson Ranch, among others.
His collaborative project the Ghana Think Tank was a finalist for the Frieze Foundation Cartier Award, 2010, and was awarded a 2010 Public Art Commission from Creative Time/ Queens Museum of Art.
MFA, 2007, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
BA, 1995, University of Virginia