HFAS 2016 - Artist Spotlight - Dana Todd Pope


Former Ford model and fine artist Dana Todd Pope started on her purposed path as she made her first sale to Grammy Award winning recording artist Anthony Hamilton.   Since then, her work has been on display in venues like The National Black Fine Art Show and Macy’s Herald Square in New York, Embrace at The Mason Murer Gallery in Atlanta, The Mulholland Tennis Club in Hollywood, DuSable Museum, The Chicago Jazz Festival, Gallery D’Estee, Macy’s Romare Bearden Ten City Tour, The Union League Club, Gallery Guichard in Chicago and many others. Dana Todd Pope is the author and illustrator of a "“Know Money, Grow Money”" a children’s financial literacy book and the 2007 First Place winner of the ARISE Entrepreneur Program Business Plan Competition.  She has also been featured in several publications and periodicals.   

Influenced by personal experiences, the perspective of her ingenuity is rooted in children, family, womanhood, spirituality, and entrepreneurship. Aiming to “build pride in oneself and direct the viewer to a greater purpose,” she proclaims, are her foremost objectives.  Dana Todd Pope currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two children.

"I am encouraging by nature, an exhorter if you will. It's no wonder it carries on into my work. I don’t create work just to fill a space on the wall. I realize God gave me this gift to share and make aware. At the end of the day, I hope my work stirs something on the inside of the viewer. For adults, I want them to remember their greatest hope for their life, born early childhood, and decide to hop back on the path to their greatest fulfillment. For children, I want them to visualize themselves accomplishing their goals and know that anything is possible.”

 

–Dana Todd Pope, 2011

 

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