by Phil Ponder
approx. 5″ x 7”
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With the development of a popular painting technique, Phil Ponder has established a very recognized niche in Middle Tennessee artwork. He is best known for his limited edition prints of skylines and famous buildings. The success of his “hobby,” which began in 1979, prompted him to accept art as a second career in 1989.
After growing up in Florida, graduating from the University of Florida, and serving as a U.S. Navy officer, Phil has lived in the Nashville area for thirty-seven years. He and his wife Dot have three grown daughters and one son. He was an executive with GENESCO, Inc. for thirty years.
Phil is active in church and civic affairs, and has served as President of the Donelson-Hermitage Exchange Club, Shepherd’s Center East and the Donelson-Hermitage-Old Hickory Division of the American Heart Association. He is currently President of the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of the Luton Mental Health Facility. Phil was Chairman of the 1993 and 1994 Star Spangled Salutes (benefiting Senior Citizens, Inc.) and is a member of the Nashville Electric Service Ethics Committee. He is past Chairman of the Parish Council and Finance Board of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.
Several of his original watercolors have been accepted and shown by Central South Art Exhibitions, sponsored by the Tennessee Art League. His watercolor Atlanta USA received the 1994 Griffin Memorial Watercolor Award. He has also designed all of the twelve Holiday Ornaments for the Easter Seal Society.
He was recognized as Exchangite of the Year for Donelson-Hermitage in 1990 and again in 1992. In 1993, he was honored with a Tennessee Outstanding Achievement Award from Governor Ned McWherter, and in 1994, he was the recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds Award from the Donelson-Hermitage Exchange Club. Phil was the recipient of a Star Spangled Salute in March 1996.
In August, 1995, Phil was elected to a four-year term on the Metropolitan Nashville City Council (sworn in on 9/1/95).
Phil Ponder painted and printed his first rendering of the Nashville skyline in 1982. The Dream is his ninth print in this subject. His originals are combinations of pen and ink detailing with watercolor painting to produce colorful images of a vibrant city and its structures.
This special Phil Ponder ‘dream’ print melds the Nashville skyline of 2005 with the Nashville skyline of the future. Its focus is the proposed Signature Tower, scheduled for completion in 2009. This residential tower with be located at Fifth and Church and will be the tallest builing in Tennessee. Also prominenetly featured are two other residential projects of Giarratana Development… Cumberland apartment depicted to the right of the State Capitol and Viridian situated to the left of the L&C tower. Illustrated for the first time in a Ponder skyline are the Hilton Hotel and the New Symphony Hall.