Ron Porter


The work gives a nod to surrealism. The images are psychologically open ended.  The paintings result from reflection, trial and error, and the evocation of faith and chance. Traditional painting practices serve as a framework for a sense of place in the long history of painting. Keeping the door open during the process and the multilayered meaning in the work reflects much of how I see the ambiguous nature of reality.




Master of Fine Arts (Honors): Painting, Ohio University. Athens, OH, 1989

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors): Painting, Middle Tennessee State University, 1987


Professional Studio Production, Painting & Drawing: 1987 to present

Senior Lecturer: Studio Art, Vanderbilt University, 1998-2013

Adjunct Professor of Art, Middle Tennessee State University, Fall 1997

Visiting Professor of Art, Ohio University, 1994 Spring-1995 Winter/Spring

Visiting Professor of Art, University of Wyoming, Summer Session, 1991

Adjunct Professor of Art, Shawnee State University, 1989-90

Visiting Professor of Art, Ohio University, 1989-90         

Production Coordinator-Governor’s School of TN, Summer MTSU, 1987-88

Teaching Associate Graduate Studies, Ohio University. 1987-89


Annmarie Sculpture Garden Fur-Fin-Feather exhibition, Juror’s award  2016

Huntsville Museum of Art Red Clay Survey Purchase Award,  2007

BRENAU College, National Invitational, GA ,Best of Show Painting, Cash Award 1994

Merit & Purchase Awards, People’s Bank Collection Marietta, OH, 1994

Ohio Arts Council, Individual Fellowship,  $5000,1994  

T.N.T. Co, Patron’s Award, Columbus, OH, 1993

BRENAU Nat. Invitational, GA, Best Of Show, Painting, Cash Award 1992

CONFLUENCE 1992,National  Painting/Drawing, Juror’s Cash Award, 1992

Washington & Jefferson College, Nat. Painting Exhibition, Juror Cash Award, PA, 1992     

17th Annual National Painting Show, Hays University, Kansas, Juror’s Award, 1992

Huntington 280:WORKS ON WALLS, Honorable Mention, WV, 1992

Ohio Arts Council, Individual Fellowship, $10,000, 1990

Huntington 280:WORKS ON WALLS, Honorable Mention, WV, 1990

Mid-America Biennial,  Owensboro KY,  Purchase Award , 1988

Tennessee Polytechnical Exhibition, 2nd Place, 1985

Tennessee Polytechnical Exhibition, 1st Place, 1986


The University Club, Nashville, TN, 2013

Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Summer 2013

Cumberland Gallery, Nashville TN, 2012, 2010, 2005,1999, 1996, 1993, 1991

Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN, 2003

Gallery Vl, Columbus, OH, 1996, 1998

Marietta College, Marietta, OH, 1995



Annmarie Sculpture Garden  Fur-Fin-Feathers exhibition.

25 Southern Artists  Hidell Brooks Gallery Charlotte NC 2016

 “Story Tellers” Panelist/Exhibitor Cumberland Gallery 2016

35th  Anniversary Show for Cumberland Gallery 2015

Whodunit.  Cumberland Gallery Holiday exhibition  2014

Tinney Contemporary Nashville Group Summer Show  2012

American Juried Art Salon  2012

Nashville Art Gallery Expo  MTSU Todd Gallery  Fall 2011

Hidel Brooks Gallery  Charlotte NC  “Introductions #5”  summer 2011

Chautauqua Institute New York  “Out Of The Blue”  summer 2011

Art Chicago  spring 2011

Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery   Faculty Exhibition 2010

7TH Biennial National Art Exhibition Punta Gorda, FL 2010

Cumberland Gallery “FOOD” theme exhibition. Tn 2010

All American Juried Art Salon  Texas   2009

Acanthus Invitational  Sonoma CA  2009

Cumberland Gallery “Green Show” 2009

New Works/Nine States Art St.Louis 2006

DIVERSE VISIONS Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Faculty 1999, 2002, 2005, 2010

Artscapes Museum Show & Auction Knoxville TN 2004

AAF Contemporary Art Fair New York  2004

Tennessee State Museum Traveling Exhibition 2004