In the Spring of last year, The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) partnered with conceptual artist Carl Pope to create a city-wide public art project titled “The Mind of Cleveland.” In the vain of previous projects which attempt to instigate positive social change, Pope conducted several public meetings with the residents of Cleveland and posed the question “What do you think about Cleveland?” to be answered in 10 words or less. Pope then selected several of the most potent phrases to be printed and publicly displayed on billboards and letter pressed posters throughout the city. The project offered a voice to the everyday person in Cleveland and opened a greater dialogue among the community.
Carl Pope has exhibited widely across the United States with works included in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Whitney Museum in New York City. The artist is a graduate of Indiana University and has since received support from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.