Jill Pope is an Atlanta-based painter whose work explores issues of identity and place. Born in the Pacific Northwest, she grew up in midsize cities and small towns in various regions of the United States, relocating cross-country four times in six years as a tween and teen. Pope earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Mass Communication and Journalism where she was selected to be a student judge for the prestigious Peabody Awards. Later she went on to earn her MFA in Drawing and Painting from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago and the University of Illinois, Chicago and has shown her work in galleries and museums in Atlanta, Nashville, and Indianapolis. She has received a Helene Wurlitzer residency grant as well as awards from the Decatur Arts Festival and the Northern Indiana Arts Association.

By combining a wide range of maps and mapping symbols, as well as personally charged imagery, her imaginary landscapes investigate ideas of identity, rootlessness and belonging as they relate to place, attempting to answer that persistent and ubiquitous question: “Where are you from?”

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