Rick Pope was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He taught ceramics at MSU Bozeman from 1975 to 2008. He received his BS from California State Polytechnic and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1991 he traveled to Jurmala, Latvia where he was invited to participate in an international ceramics symposium at the Dzintair Institute of Art. He has received numerous awards and grants, including grants from the Russian Artist’s Union and the Montana Arts Council. Rick’s artwork has been featured in more than 100 exhibitions and is included in many public and private collections including the Archie Bray Foundation; the Pushlin Museum in Moscow Russia and the private collection of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in Washington DC.