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 About Dana Todd Pope: 


Award winning artist Dana Todd Pope has transformed from being a beautiful canvas for high fashion designers into using mediums of her own to produce fine art. A former Ford Model Management print and runway model, Dana has successfully transitioned to become one of the most sought after emerging artists.


Influenced by personal experiences, the perspective of her ingenuity is rooted in children, family, womanhood, spirituality, and entrepreneurship. Building pride in oneself and directing the viewer to a greater purpose are her foremost objectives, whether displayed in the captured movement of girls jumping rope or the vibrant luminescence of metallic colors flowing through her abstract pieces.  Dana Todd Pope’s work has been on the season finale of EMPIRE on FOX-TV, ESSENCE Music Festival, The Chicago Jazz Festival,  The University of Illinois Pediatric Clinics, The Libby Center of Metropolitan Family Services, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Chicago Board of Education, Macy’s Herald Square in New York, Embrace at The Mason Murer Gallery in Atlanta, The Mulholland Tennis Club in Hollywood, DuSable Museum, Gallery D’Estee, Macy’s Romare Bearden Ten City Tour, The Union League Club in Chicago, Gallery Guichard in Chicago and many others.


Dana Todd Pope is the author and illustrator of “Know Money, Grow Money" the first in a series of children’s financial literacy books. “Know Money, Grow Money” has attracted the attention of banks and major corporations. Dana Todd Pope’s work has numerous prominent collectors, including Grammy Award winners & other high profile celebrities.  Dana Todd Pope currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two children.

Dana Todd Pope

Artist Statement-

 “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 occupy 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 validates and 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 make the decision to rediscover the path to their greatest fulfillment. For children, I want them to dream, visualize themselves accomplishing their goals, and know that anything is possible.” ~Dana Todd Pope



Owner/ Lead Artist- Dana Todd Pope Fine Art

Co-Founder of Collaborative Mavericks: An Artist Coalition

Former Ministry Leader: Alpha Visual Arts Ministry of The Salem Baptist Church of Chicago 




2015 Official Artist- Chicago Jazz Festival

Work Featured on EMPIRE finale on FOX-TV 2015

ESSENCE Music Festival, New Orleans

2014 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Midwest Semi-Finalist Juried Exhibition

The Museum of Science and Industry (Juried Exhibition)

The Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, New York

DuSable Museum, Chicago

Permanently on display at The University of Illinois Mile Square Center

Permanently on display at Metropolitan Family Services Libby Center

Permanently on display at Smarty Pants Early Learning Center

Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Art Sale & Auction

Macy’s Romare Bearden 100th birthday 10 City Tour

Gallery Guichard, Chicago

The Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago

Gorgeous Galleries, Chicago

The Gallery at Oakwood Shores, Chicago

NBFAS, New York City

Macy's Herald Square, New York City

The Rauner YMCA Fundraiser

The Mason Murer Gallery, Atlanta

The Griffin Gallery and Interiors, Chicago

The National Urban League Conference, Chicago

The Chicago Board of Education

Northern Trust Corporate Offices, Chicago

River North Galleries, Chicago

Gallery D' Estee- The Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc.

"A Brush with Destiny" Art Show and Fundraiser

Cabrini Green Legal Aid Annual Benefit


Jack n' Jill Fundraiser

Chicago Children’s Choir Fundraiser at the Union League Club of Chicago

Chicago Artist Month Participant- A.R.I.S.E. Creatives Workshop

The Mulholland Tennis Club in Hollywood, CA.

Lacuna Artist Lofts Reverie Gallery

ETA, Chicago, IL

Literacy Chicago Fundraiser and Auction at the Willis Tower, Chicago

The South Side Community Art Center

The Downtown Evanston Art Walk

Whole Foods Market, South Loop Chicago

Barbara Bates Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Noyes Cultural Arts Center of Evanston, IL

Barrington Festival of Art

North Shore Art Festival



2015 Official Artist- Chicago Jazz Festival

A.R.I.S.E business plan competition 1st place winner

Macy's NBFAS Annex Participant, New York City

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Midwest Semi-Finalist at Gallery Guichard

Paintings featured in an Anthony Hamilton Music video

Painting featured on EMPIRE finale, FOX-TV

Chicago Jazz Fest Featured Artist