Mutópe has a rich and diverse background in visual arts. His current research and visual arts practice has led him to consider his role as an artist and how the arts can help shape the current state of African American culture and its rich history. His professional background has included positions in graphic design, advertising and marketing communications firms. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Peck School of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he is currently a professor of art and design at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

What does this project mean to you?

Art has the power to help influence public opinion. For me, I believe this project can inspire new avenues of art practice and critical thinking that serve as creative strategies that help to inform others.

What do you hope people will feel when they see your work?

I hope they are encouraged to become accepting of cultural differences. It’s important for me to create work that has a narrative that promotes creativity, cultural exchange, history and inclusion.

Cake or pie?

I like to have my cake and eat pie too.