The artist Diane Ponder, from Chicago, USA, elevates quiet, intimate human moments, depicting her female subjects' internal visceral emotions with unusual grace and attention that expose the psychology of her muses. Providing the audience with a visual contrast to the subtlety and delicate features of her figurative subjects, Diane balances her composition with the coherent shapes probing the relationship between humans and nature.
Her art refers to the passing of time and the dance of the quotidian. She began with mud and sand, ball point pen and pencil as a child, and continues to expand into a variety of materials. These materials include oil paint, salt, wax, string and linen. Emphasis on natural and non-toxic materials benefits the artist and collector. Photography and video are also recently incorporated, and including poets, dancers and musicians in interactive work.
This September, Diane Ponder had a show at Gateway Gallery in Bryant Park in NYC.
She has shown nationally and internationally in art fairs and galleries. Only woman in Saudi Arabian Gallery first abstract art show. She recently was in an art fair in Hong Kong and Art Expo in NYC. Featured in November at her gallery, Studio 26 in the East Village, NYC. She featured in the Select Art Fair in NYC 2015, and Aqua and Art on Paper in Miami in December.
She was artist in residence for years with Oak Park, Illinois' The Art House. She was in a PBS broadcast about an arts project in support of Sarah's Inn, a womens' shelter. She has featured in shows at the Cultural Center Peace Tower of Mark do Suervo in Chicago, at a long term exhibit at the visitors center at Navy Pier and exhibited and also curated several shows at the Hyde Park Art C aenter.
Most recently moderated a program for CAN TV Senior Network concerning Cornelia Arts Building and Chicago Artists Month, including artists at the current Robert Morris College show. A recent curated show was during Chicago Artists Month 2014, co-curating a new art space at Art Supply last fall. She has also curated shows in the Hyde Park Art Center.
She was included in Art From Excess, a show curated by Chris Toepfer in the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in Mills Park, Indiana. She is currently showing art in Montserrat Gallery in nyc, Thrivent Gallery in Chicago, Praxis Gallery and osom gallery in Chicago. She is included in a show in Bhutan in July.
Her education includes a Visual Arts Certificate from the Graham School of the University of Chicago, where she also studied as an undergraduate. She was also part of the Bridge Program and also Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center, which partnered with the Graham school.