was born in 1961 and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his M.F.A. in photography from
Indiana University. He continues to
reside and work in Indianapolis.
artistic practice is committed to the idea of art as a catalyst for individual
and collective transformation. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of
Modern Art, New York, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Photography,
Chicago, Illinois, as well as Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Michigan, the Galerie Nouvelles Images,
Den Haag, the Netherlands, and the Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama.
received support from the Guggenheim Foundation, Lilly Endowment, NEA and Louis
Comfort Tiffany Foundation. He has been honored by the International Peace Belt
and as a joint fellow with the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Case
Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. His work gained national and international
attention in “New Photography 6” at the Museum of Modern Art, and “Black Male”
at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
are included the collections of the George Eastman House/Kodak, Rochester, New
York; Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Indiana; Indianapolis Museum of
Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis,
Minnesota; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama; Museum of Modern Art, New
York, New York; St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri; the Children’s
Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New
Pope’s work method in public art evolved into ongoing collaborative efforts
with artists and communities alike to produce large-scale public art inventions
that stimulate public dialogue and community revitalization with the Cleveland
public poster project. Concurrently, he
forayed into his internal landscape, producing the video and text installation
“Palimpsest”, which was commissioned by the Wadsworth Anthnaeum with funds from
the Warhol and Lannan Foundations, and was subsequently included in the Whitney
ongoing essay of letterpress posters, “The Bad Air Smelled of Roses” and his
recent billboard projects continue his ongoing exploration into inner space.