Jill Pope was born in the Northwestern United States and grew up in midsize cities and small towns throughout the U.S. relocating cross country four times in six years during those very critical tween and teen years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Henry W. Grady School at the University of Georgia where she was selected to be a student judge for the prestigious Peabody Awards. Pope earned her MFA in Drawing and Painting from Georgia State University in Atlanta and is a Helene Wurlitzer grant recipient. Solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Pope has shown in galleries and museums throughout the US including Atlanta, Nashville, and Indianapolis as well as Chicago. Pope's paintings are held in collections nationally and internationally. Her current work deals with the still unresolved markers of racism in this country, particularly the South, and her own conflicted emotions about the South. Pope resides in Atlanta with her husband, their daughter and their dog.