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.

The Arts Council is pleased to announce the return of the On My Own Time program in 2021.

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

The deadline for organizations to commit to participate is May 14.  Each participating organization hosts an In-house Exhibit; those begin on October 1.  Judging occurs from October 12 to 21.

Based on a city-wide standard, the artwork from each participating organization will be judged by a panel of specialists and awarded a First, Second, or Third Place.  First Place-winning artwork is displayed in the Citywide Exhibit to be held November 3-20, 2021, at the Nelson Family Gallery at 700 North Fourth Street, Springfield.

Arts Council volunteers Rod and Rosemary Buffington are coordinating the 2021 On My Own Time 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.

2019 Program

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.