Rhinold Lamar Ponder, '81

Artist, writer/activist, lawyer

Rhinold Lamar Ponder is an artist, writer/activist and lawyer based in Princeton, New Jersey.  Rhinold’s creative practice focuses on dismantling racism, empowering others, and promoting justice and equity.  

In 2019, Rhinold was the founder of Art Against Racism, a town-wide juried exhibition in Princeton, New Jersey which highlighted the work of over 50 artists addressing anti-racism and justice issues. In March 2018, his exhibition, “The Rise and Fail of the N-Word”, concluded a highly acclaimed gallery showing in New Haven with the support of the William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund. He has exhibited in numerous galleries and alternative venues in the past 18 years.

He is the founder and principal of Ponder Tuck Ponder, LLC, law practice.  Rhinold is also the Executive Producer and Host of “Know Your Rights New Jersey” a local access television show.  He also administers a popular Facebook discussion page, with over 3300 members, on issues around race, culture and politics entitled “Beyond Black and White Discussion Group.” His writings are most frequently published on his blog “The Free State of Ponder” and they have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Trenton Times and the City Sun.

His work on non-profit boards and community organizations is extensive.  Previously, he presided over the board of trustees of the Tony award winning-Crossroads Theatre and successfully led a community effort to save the company. He currently sits on the Arts Council of Princeton gallery committee.