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. His work has been exhibited at the Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC; DEMO Project, Springfield, IL; Hanover College, Hanover, IN; and other locations nationally. As the winner of the Director’s Choice Award in the 2016 Art From the Heartland exhibition, Rospenda was granted a solo exhibition at the Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN, in early 2019. 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 50 exhibitions during his time at the museum.
2006 MFA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2000 BA, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
1999 College Year in Athens, Greece
(solo) Breathing Room, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
Fun Squad: The Kids Table, Lyons Gallery, Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, MI
Drawn to Print, (SCENE) Metrospace, East Lansing, MI. (catalog)
To Carry, To Hold, Collaborative exhibition with Heather Brammeier in Studio #222, International Studio and Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY
Fun Squad: With Our Powers Combined, The GhostLight, Benton Harbor, MI
demo DEMO, DEMO Project, Springfield, IL
Under Pressure, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts - Art Gallery, Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, IN
(solo) A Forgetting Place, DEMO Project, Springfield, IL
(solo) Slow Slow Down, Moreau Galleries, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
Paper Worlds, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC
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)
(solo) Small Monuments, Colfax Campus Gallery, Colfax Cultural Center, South Bend, IN
(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
Rock Paper Scissors: Process & Perception, Schingoethe Gallery, Aurora University, Aurora, IL. Meg Bero, Curator.
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.
Artist Made Books, Dittmar Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Faculty and Staff Art Show, Schingoethe Gallery, Aurora University, Aurora, IL
The Crowded Space Below the Giant, H.F. Johnson Gallery, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. Joseph Cory, Curator.
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.
(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
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
Narrative Purgatory, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Chicago, IL
(solo) 5 Recent Paintings, Gallery Mornea, Evanston, IL
(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
Director's Choice Award, Art From the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
Department of Visual Arts Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
University Fellowship, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
University Fellowship, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Elder, B. Mark, host. "Mark Rospenda, Paper Pulp King." The Buffalo Bro 1/2 Hour, Radio DePaul. 11 March 2019.
"SMC Art Gallery Exhibits Berrien Artist Collective," The Southwester. (n.d.). Retrieved from southwester.swmich.edu
Hornickel, Mark. "Putting Things in Perspective," Kenosha News, October 31, Get Out section, 22–23.
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)
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)
Blackwell, Sam. “Of Dreams and the Abstract,” Southeast Missourian, November 2. (image)
Curator, Exhibitions and Collections, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
Associate Curator, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
2006–2014 (closed and archived)
Slide Registry and Viewing Program, Drawing Center, New York, NY