On My Own Time, a visual arts exhibit and competition, is open to employees of local businesses, educational and medical institutions, and governmental agencies. The intention of On My Own Time is to encourage and display artwork of talented employees whose work is created “on my own time,” not at the workplace. Internally, the exhibitions can boost employee morale, showcase creativity, and facilitate employee recognition. Most importantly, creativity that might never be seen may be shared with a broader audience, enriching lives and the community as a whole.
We would like to extend a big thank you to our 2016 host, the Springfield Art Association. This biennial program will be held again in the Autumn of 2017 with the citywide exhibition opening on October 21 in the M. G. Nelson Family Gallery on the main campus of the SAA. The awards reception will take place on October 24. The exhibit closes October 30. In-house exhibits will be held after Labor Day. More information will follow; so, please check back for details, and please share this exhibit opportunity with your fellow artists and employees.
We offer sincere gratitude as well to co-chairs Rod and Rosemary Buffington, who despite a personal tragedy, ran an oustanding program. They will again coordinate the 2017 program, and they are planning to hold the accustomed informational meeting for in-house exhibit coordinators will be held in early April. The meeting will be held at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth Street, Springfield. Please contact the SAAC office for details by calling 217-753-3519 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.