Springfield Area Arts Council
Art After Hours where the o in hour is a clock face. The springfield area arts council logo in purple and blue is in the upper right corner.

Arts After Hours is a biennial visual arts program sponsored by the Arts Council with the purpose to help local businesses, state agencies, and educational and medical institutions identify and celebrate the artistic talents of the people they employ.

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.

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.

2023 Guidelines (PDF)

2023 Letter to Employers (PDF)

2023 Flier (PDF)

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.