Bly Pope

Bly Pope is an artist with a profound dedication and experience with hyperrealism and the classic fine art traditions. He graduated from Stanford University and received his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Minnesota, where he has been an Adjunct Professor for over six years, teaching classes in Drawing, Graphic Novel Illustration, and Artistic Interpretation from Vintage Cinema. He has also taught at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design for five years, in Foundation: 2D, and The Interactive Visual Novel.

His drawing, “Maryanna,” was selected to be a part of the National Portrait Competition Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, 2013-2014 and was purchased by the Minneapolis Institute of Art for their permanent collection in 2017.

Publications include Project Ark by John MacDonald, illustrations by Bly and Rowan Pope; Speak, Mother, Poems by Freya Manfred, Red Dragonfly Press. Illustration by Bly Pope and Rowan Pope; Six Chairs: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story, Written by Rowan Pope, Engage Printing. Illustration for the book; The Blue Dress, Poems by Freya Manfred, Red Dragonfly Press. Cover Illustration; Swimming with a Hundred-Year-Old Snapping Turtle, Poems by Freya Manfred, Red Dragonfly Press. Illustrations by Bly and Rowan Pope; Liminal Magazine, Minneapolis, MN; Cover Painting; Dark Fire, Poems by Bly Pope, Giant Horse Printing. Illustrations by Bly Pope and Rowan Pope; My Only Home, Poems by Freya Manfred, Red Dragonfly Press. Illustrations by Bly Pope and Rowan Pope.

Selected Exhibitions

Select exhibitions include Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC; The People’s Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; Larson Gallery, St. Paul, MN; Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; and Heuser Art Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL.

Collections

Public collections include The Cafesjian Museum of Fine Art, Armenia and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN.