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Bio

Mark Rospenda’s meticulous nature always presents itself through his work. Using paper as a means of exploring the delicate, mutable nature of our thinking processes, Rospenda physically cuts into, shreds, and converts his drawings into pulp. Parts and elements are exchanged between them with some finished works evolving over a number of years. The images that result are moments within a stream of thinking and forgetting — records of memories lost, found and transforming. Rospenda lives and works in South Bend, IN, where he is Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the South Bend Museum of Art. He has organized and overseen more than 40 exhibitions during his time at the museum.

 

Education

2006  MFA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2000  BA, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
1999  College Year in Athens, Greece

 

Selected Exhibitions

2018
(solo, scheduled) Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN


2017
(solo) A Forgetting Place, DEMO Project, Springfield, IL

(scheduled) Paper Worlds, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC

(solo, scheduled) Slow Slow Down, Moreau Galleries, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN


2016
Inked, Pressed, Cut & Sewn, ArtPrize 8, (106) Gallery, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Art From the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

Alumni Art Exhibition, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

29th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA. (catalog)


2015
(solo) Small Monuments, Colfax Campus Gallery, Colfax Cultural Center, South Bend, IN


2014
(2-person) Affect Effects: A Two-Person Exhibition Featuring Artworks by Mark Rospenda and Megan Myers Schweitzer, Greiner Art Gallery, Hanover College, Hanover, IN. Leticia Bajuyo, Curator.

This Can't End Well (This Can't Go Wrong), The Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL. Rachel Herman, Curator.

(solo) Unbreakable, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL. Julie Nelson, Curator.

Zine! Zine!, Roos Arts, Rosendale, NY


2012
Rock Paper Scissors: Process & Perception, Schingoethe Gallery, Aurora University, Aurora, IL. Meg Bero, Curator.


2011
Cut, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. Eleanor Spiess-Ferris and Beth Hart, Curators.

Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA

The Perpetual Motion of a Still Life, Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, IL. Sara Black, Joseph Belknap and Sarah Belknap, Curators.


2010
Artist Made Books, Dittmar Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Faculty and Staff Art Show, Schingoethe Gallery, Aurora University, Aurora, IL


2008
The Crowded Space Below the Giant, H.F. Johnson Gallery, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. Joseph Cory, Curator.


2007
Another Story, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL. Pat Swanson, Curator. (catalog)

Drawing No Conclusions: A Survey of Contemporary Drawing, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI. Juror: Dominic Molon, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.


2006
(solo) Rickety, Masters Thesis Exhibition, University of Chicago, Midway Studios, Chicago, IL

9 x 12 Works on Paper Show, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX

Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY

The Space Between, MFA Group Exhibition, Del Prado Building, Chicago, IL


2005
Experiment 400/5, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

On Notes, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Chicago, IL

Annual Student Show, smART Museum of Art, Chicago, IL

Two If By See, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Chicago, IL


2004
Narrative Purgatory, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Chicago, IL


2003
(solo) 5 Recent Paintings, Gallery Mornea, Evanston, IL


2001
(solo) Works From the Basement, Lorimier Gallery, Arts Council of SE Missouri, Cape Girardeau, MO

 

Public Projects and Collections

24-foot painted mural, DePaul University, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chicago, IL
Various private collections

 

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

2016
Director's Choice Award, Art From the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

2006
Department of Visual Arts Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
University Fellowship, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2005
University Fellowship, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

Bibliography

2008    
Hornickel, Mark. "Putting Things in Perspective," Kenosha News, October 31, Get Out section, 22–23.

2007
Bad at Sports podcast, episode 109, September 30.
Jameson, A D. "Newcity Picks” selection, Newcity, September 13.
Puma, Amy B. "Of Mouse and Man," University of Chicago Magazine, September/October, 54. (image)

2006
Philbin, Gail. "Drawings Defy, Define Category," The Grand Rapids Press, December 24.
"Tips & Picks" selection, NY Arts Magazine, http://www.nyartsmagazine.com, December 2006–March 2007. (image)

2001
Blackwell, Sam. “Of Dreams and the Abstract,” Southeast Missourian, November 2. (image)

 

Professional Affiliations

2014–Present
Curator, Exhibitions and Collections, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN

2011–2013
Associate Curator, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN

2006–Present
Slide Registry and Viewing Program, Drawing Center, New York, NY