Cheryl Pope is a visual artist focused in sculpture, installation, and performance. Her work questions and responds to issues of identity as it relates to the individual and the community, specifically in regards to race, gender, class, history, power and place. Her practice emerges from the act and politics of listening.
For the past five years, Pope has been developing a project called JUST YELL which focuses on the physicality and embodiment of language, the politics of listening, and connecting community. JUST YELL explores the nuances present in poetry, performance, sculpture, and public experience. Strategies employed challenge and create conditions to be activated by the public emerging a dialogue through multiple points of attention and experience. Each situation offers the opportunity for the invisible to become visible in the way that it is experienceable.
Pope received her B.F.A. and M.D. from the School of the Art Institute Chicago. She is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, Galleria Bianconi in Milan, and Spinello Projects in Miami. Pope studied under the artist Nick Cave for 12 years, was a teaching artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art for 7 years, and worked in multiple community-based organizations throughout Chicago since 2003.
Currently Pope lives and works in Chicago and is employed as Full Time Professor in the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an artist-in-residence at their community space in Chicago’s West side neighborhood North Lawndale. She continues her involvement with youth in the city seeking to offer situations that instigate new questions, new language, towards a safer and more just future.