Diane Ponder brings expertise in curating and business development to Mimi’s Organic Exchange www.mimisorganicexchange.com and The Convergence Project as a Co-Founder and Board Member. She is a painter and digital photographer. Her work has been displayed locally at Navy Pier, Grant Park, and Oak Park; nationally at The Rockford Gallery in Rockford, Maine, the Art Center in Orinda, California and the New York Art Expo; and internationally, at the first abstract art show in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she was the only woman artist.
Diane, owner of the Living Room Gallery – a multidisciplinary art space, was featured in a PBS documentary of an art series benefiting Sarah’s Inn, a women’s shelter, and has been artist in residence with the Art House, an artist’s cooperative. Diane’s work has also been featured in the Oak Park Wednesday Journal and the Chicago Tribune. Diane showed at the Lincoln Park Art Fair and at the Chicago Cultural center in the Mark di Suervo sculpture, “The Peace Tower”. Diane is the Curator for Mimi’s Organic Exchange.
Diane was born in Virginia and has traveled worldwide. She currently lives in Chicago and paints in various neighborhoods. She studied at University of Chicago, Washington University, UMSL, and other art centers. Diane has shown work in Saudi Arabia, California, Maine, France, Chicago, Miami, New York and … Navy Pier, Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Smart Gallery, and… many more to come.www.dianeponder.com .