Originally from New Glarus, WI, Nissa Kubly received her undergraduate degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, studying all aspects of metalworking. She continued studies at the University of Wisconsin in Art Education for a teaching degree. A love for Italy took her on study abroad programs in graduate studies, twice. First, in Studio Art and Art History, with University of Georgia - Athens (in Cortona, Italy) and returning to Italy with Arizona State University for a summer program in Florence, Italy. Ms. Kubly earned a Masters of Fine Art in Metals from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Her thesis, Macchine di Luce was an exploration of optics of the pinhole camera in functional metal fabrication. Kubly was awarded a residency at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Aspen, CO to work in both sculpture and photography studios, constructing cameras and experimenting in film.
She has been awarded grants from Phoenix Art Museum and 3M Corporation. Her work has been included in publications such as Design & Architecture and public and private collections around the world. Ms. Kubly's cameras were included in the Largest Pinhole Collection in the World with numerous cameras and images now in the permanent collection at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe.
Ms. Kubly was part of a residency at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, AZ during summer 2017 in Biomimicry. She researched butterfly optics and vision, consulting with Dr. Rom Rutowski, a Professor in Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Ms. Kubly also looked at coloration of butterfly wings and the scale-like patterning consisting of pigment that makes up the coloration. She made studies of butterfly color patterns in enamel on fine silver and a functional model demonstrating optics of a butterfly eye as a pinhole camera in copper.
Currently, Kubly teachers Sculpture at Xavier College Prep, a private high school in Phoenix, AZ.