On My Own Time

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.

In-house exhibits were held in all locations during October. A panel of judges awarded first, second, third, and honorable mention ribbons in all categories at each site. First-place artwork qualified for the City-wide Exhibit, hosted by the Springfield Art Association’s M. D. Nelson Family Gallery in November. Based on a city-wide standard, the artwork in the City-wide Exhibit was awarded a first, second, third, or honorable mention ribbon.

Best of Show – Peg Lonson Award:
Kathi Lee, Springfield School District #186 – “Rooster Carpe Diem”
Best of Show – Special Mention:
Adena Rivas, City of Springfield – “What a Waste”
People’s Choice:
Michelle Burger, Lincoln Land Community College – “Primpin’ Ain’t Easy”

Digital art
Fiber \ Fabric \ Needlework
Mixed media \ Collage
Pottery \ Ceramics
Sculpture (wood, metal, stone)

Participating organizations:
Capital Development Board
City of Springfield
Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois State Museum
Illinois State Police
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Revenue
Springfield District #186
Lincoln Land Community College
Betsy Dollar, artist and Springfield Art Association executive director
Bryon Hartley, artist
Marianne Stremsterfer, artist and teacher

Arts Council volunteer Rosemary Buffington coordinated the 2019 On My Own Time program.