Springfield Area Arts Council

The word Art in purple and the words After Hours in green. The first "O" in Hours is a clock.

25th Biennial Workers’ Art Exhibit Seeks Participation

The Springfield Area Arts Council is proud to announce a new chapter in its On My Own Time program in 2023.  To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of this biennial visual arts program and to clarify its purpose, the Arts Council is re-naming it Art After Hours.  The program gives employees of participating businesses, government agencies, and medical and educational institutions an opportunity to showcase their creativity and accomplishments through artwork completed outside working hours.

According to program coordinator Rosemary Buffington, “Art After Hours is one of the best ways to bring employees together.  They learn that those they work with daily also are creative on their own time with artistic endeavors after hours.”

Sheila Walk, Arts Council executive director, adds, “It is good for both employers and employees because it reveals so much hidden talent.  And it is good for the community to know that so much artistic ability resides here.”

Eligible artwork for Art After Hours includes paintings and drawings, fiber and needlework, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, fiber, and paper.

Organizations need to commit to participate by July 28.  Each participating organization hosts a Workplace Exhibit opening in November.

Based on a city-wide standard, artwork from each Workplace Exhibit will be judged by a panel of specialists with awards for first, second, or third place.  First place-winning artwork then will be displayed in the Citywide Exhibit to be held December 2-20, 2023, at the M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at 700 North Fourth Street, Springfield.

Arts Council volunteers Rod and Rosemary Buffington coordinate the Art After Hours program.  For further information about participating in this program, please call or email the Springfield Area Arts Council at 217-753-3519 or programs@springfieldartsco.org.