Cheryl Pope is an interdisciplinary visual artist that questions and responds to issues of identity as it relates to the individual and the community, specifically regarding race, gender, class, history, power, and place. Her practice emerges from the act and politics of listening. Pope's early work involved performative, often sports-related projects, her more recent body of work continues the artist’s examination of systematic social concerns, unexpected material interventions, and simultaneously introduces a novel formal language. While she previously positioned herself as a conduit for the voices of the youth impacted by socio-political turmoil, Pope's more recent work puts forth a personal intimacy yet unseen in the artist’s oeuvre.
Cheryl Pope received her BFA and MA in Design from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, where she is now an Adjunct Professor. She has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the Public Artist Award, Franklin Works, Minneapolis, MN (2017); Selected Artist, Year of Public Art, Chicago Cultural Center, IL (2017); Mellon Fellowship, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH (2016); and 3Arts Award, Chicago, IL (2015). Pope’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Joan Flasche Artists Book Collection, Chicago; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Honolulu Museum of Art, HI; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL; DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; The Jackson West Memorial Hospital, Miami; and The Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Variations on a Love Theme, The Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas (2022); Unmasking Masculinity, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (2022-23); Can you see me?, Weinberg/Newton Gallery (2022); Skin in the Game (2022); and The Long Dream, Museum of Contemporary Art (2020-21).