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On My Own Time

On My Own Time

ON MY OWN TIME IS BACK FOR 2022!

Businesses and organizations can register now to offer the program to employees who are also artists 'on their own time'!
Individuals who create visual art as an avocation can register for our virtual program!

CNY Arts is excited to bring back our in-person On My Own Time program for 2022, in cooperation with Everson Museum of Art, for businesses and organizations of all sizes as well as our virtual program option for individual amateur artists who want to participate independently. 

On My Own Time is a celebration of visual arts that highlights the often unsung artists who create art as an avocation, "on their own time"!  Employers of all sizes from business, nonprofit, government, and educational sectors take time to spotlight the creativity of their staff members. And, since 2020, On My Own Time also invites the many talented individual amateur artists in our region to share their works of art virtually!

 

See our guidelines below about how to participate.
Call 315.435.2157 or e-mail omot@cnyarts.org with any questions.

REGISTER BY MAY 31!

On My Own Time 2022 Guidelines
for Business/Organization Participants

 

READY TO REGISTER? CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, May 31: Deadline to join the On My Own Time program; Invoices for participation/sponsorship fee mailed out by CNY Arts to participating companies upon registration

May 2—July 29: In-House company exhibits take place any weekday(s) during this period. Adjudication visits will be scheduled for the On My Own Time art selection panel adjudicators.

August (dates/times TBA):  Companies drop off the two art pieces that were chosen for the catalog to the OMOT photographer (Location, pick-up date, and other details will be provided - Photography included in participation fee.)

Friday, August 26: Deadline for companies to provide logos & program ads, if applicable, for the catalog to CNY Arts (Details will be provided.)

October (first week, date/time TBA): Companies deliver art pieces selected for the final exhibit (location TBA)

Friday, October 7: Evening Reception for Finale Exhibit Opening (location TBA)

October 8 —November 11:  On My Own Time Exhibit open to the community

November (date/time TBA):  Companies pick up art pieces (location TBA)

A panel of volunteer adjudicators who are local arts professionals, accompanied by a CNY Arts staff member, will visit each company’s in-house art exhibit on one weekday during its run to select outstanding works of art for the Everson Museum of Art finale exhibit held in the fall.

Note: The selection panel reserves the right to stipulate proper art work finishing (frame/hanging hardware, etc.) as a condition for inclusion in the finale exhibit.

The number of pieces chosen will vary depending on the size of each in-house company exhibit and the overall number of participating companies—roughly 15% of the works at each company are usually selected. No more than one piece for any particular artist will be selected for the finale exhibit. The finale exhibit host reserves the right to final selection for public exhibit.

Companies/Organizations/Businesses: Any business entity, employing any number of employees that:

  • Has a presence in the Central New York area
  • Is committed to encouraging employee talents
  • Is not covered by another On My Own Time program in New York State

Employee Artists: Any full or part-time employee of those companies participating in the program:

  • Artists who submit works for adjudication must be amateur artists (not working as/pursuing a career as a professional artist.) Exception: School art teachers may submit works not in their primary discipline for adjudication.
  • Retirees and interns are eligible at the discretion of the participating company.
  • Employee relatives are not eligible.
  • Artists must be age 18 or older

Criteria for Submission of Artists' Work:

  • Artwork submitted must be original creations - Copies of any published works or craft kits will not be accepted.
  • Each employee entrant may submit up to three pieces for adjudication - These works may be all in one category or in various categories. Companies can decide to accept more works per employee for their exhibit, but must indicate which pieces (up to 3) will be submitted for adjudication.
  • All work submitted must have been completed within three years of entry. Employees can resubmit recent works (that were not selected for the finale exhibit) from a prior On My Own Time exhibit.
  • Submitted works must be finished works, display ready, and include the required hardware for mounting or display - Please submit display instructions/materials for unusual pieces. Details about hardware requirements will be provided to each participating company.
  • Co-Sponsorship Credit: Participating organizations act as co-sponsors of this annual event, in partnership with CNY Arts. Your company will receive a full page in the exhibit catalog that is distributed to the community during the run of the On My Own Time finale exhibit.

  • Publicity: Your company’s name will be included on the CNY Arts website and reception invitations; in CNY Arts e-newsletters, social media, and event press releases; and on signage at the Everson exhibit. Silver and Gold level sponsors are also included in any OMOT print advertisements and broadcast spots.

  • Share Hidden Talents: The opportunity to showcase the creativity and accomplishments of your employees through an original visual arts exhibition at your workplace and at at the finale exhibit site.

  • Support Creativity in the Workplace: The program brings amazing art and a creative spirit into the workplace.

  • Attend the Artist/Company Celebration: You will receive tickets to the finale exhibit opening reception and award presentation at Everson Museum of Art, plus two tickets for each of your artists whose work was selected for the finale exhibit. Gold and Silver level sponsors receive additional tickets to the reception.

  • Exhibition at Everson Museum of Art: A selection of works from each participating company will be displayed in a 4-week exhibit at Everson Museum of Art! Each work will include signage identifying the artist's employer.

Sample Categories of Visual Art Work (video/film is not included):

Painting

Ceramics

Printmaking

Drawing

Sculpture

Photography

Collage

Fiber Art

Glasswork

Computer Arts   

Metal Work   

Mixed Media

Updated 5/12/22

Participating companies appoint a staff member to act as the On My Own Time Company Coordinator who will work with the CNY Arts On My Own Time Program Coordinator to produce the annual event. The Company Coordinator will field questions and relay program information to their colleague artists as well as arrange their work site exhibit. More than one staff member could share this role if preferred.

The On My Own Time program begins with the presentation of a company work site exhibit of original visual art created by employees who are amateur artists, scheduled by each participating company to occur some time during April, May, June and/or July. The length and dates of each work site exhibit are at the company's discretion, with a minimum length of one day.

CNY Arts will arrange for the adjudication of each exhibit by a panel of volunteer arts professionals. Adjudicators select several pieces from each company exhibit to be included in the On My Own Time grand finale exhibit, hosted by Everson Museum of Art, in which all participating companies are represented. 

The finale exhibit is a 3- to 4-week public exhibit of selected pieces from all participating companies, and is held in October/November. A private opening reception, attended by artists, company coordinators, business representatives and colleagues, family, and friends, is held at the Everson Museum of Art at the beginning of the finale exhibit's run.

Company Coordinator Role


Now through May 31, 2022

April—June

  • As soon as you can, promote On My Own Time at your company to invite employee entrants. We suggest using posters, flyers, e-mail, intranet postings, social media, etc., to let staff members know about the opportunity to submit their art work to your On My Own Time exhibit. Artists usually need some lead time to complete/prepare their works. A customized e-mailable and printable flyer can be provided to you by CNY Arts. Contact Kara at omot@cnyarts.org to request one.
  • We will send you an information sheet with exhibit/mounting hardware requirements for hanging pieces that are selected for the finale exhibit. You may wish to have the same requirements to help ensure safety for your worksite exhibit.
  • Prepare a registration list* of employee entrants and the titles, medium, dimensions, and year created for each piece of art displayed that will be submitted for adjudication. (A template form will be emailed to you.)
  • Provide CNY Arts with the date(s), times, and location details of your on-site exhibit, which can take place any weekday(s) during April, May, June and/or July. You can include the dates in your registration form or supply them later.

April—July

  • Mount an exhibit of employee artwork at your business site, for a time period of at least one week day, available for viewing by your employees and CNY Arts adjudicators. (You may choose to make your exhibit available for viewing to your customers/patrons too.) Please indicate if there are specific days/times that are most convenient for you to schedule the adjudication.
  • Each artist can submit up to three pieces of original visual art for adjudication, but can submit more pieces for your exhibit at your discretion.
  • *Number each piece in the list of entered art pieces that you created at registration (include each artist’s name and art work title, the year the art piece was created, and the dimensions of the art piece.) Numbers on this list should correspond with numbered identification cards/labels posted next to each piece of art at your in-house exhibit. Please provide 5 copies of this list for the adjudicators. If any artist has submitted more than 3 pieces to your exhibit, please note which pieces are intended for adjudication. The adjudication panel cannot choose between more than 3 pieces per artist.

  • Provide CNY Arts with information necessary to visit your exhibit on the scheduled day of adjudication, such as directions and parking information. You or a designated staff member should be available at the adjudication to greet adjudicators and answer any questions about the exhibit.
  • Program Promotion: Publicize your On My Own Time exhibit if you choose via company newsletters, flyers, posters, e-mail, social media, etc. A personalized On My Own Time flyer (PDF) can be requested from CNY Arts. Please name CNY Arts on all printed materials promoting On My Own Time. On MY Own Time 2022 and CNY Arts logos are available at your request.
  • We encourage you to have fun with the program and develop other activities around your on-site exhibit. For example, some companies invite staff members and/or visitors or customers to choose their favorite exhibit pieces and recognize the artists, hold their own reception for their work site exhibit, or post their exhibit online (with artists' permission).

August

  • Transport two specified art pieces to the On My Own Time photographer’s studio per arrangements by CNY Arts. These two pieces will be selected by On My Own Time adjudicators from among the total pieces chosen for the finale public exhibition, and the photos will appear in the OMOT catalog. (One piece will be photographed in color, and one in black and white.)

August/September

  • Provide information for your company’s page in the art exhibit catalog, plus a display ad, if applicable. (You will be sent a first draft of your catalog page.) Display ads are included at the Silver and Gold sponsorship levels or you may purchase an ad.
  • Proof/ approval of the first or second draft of your catalog page. (Please note that no changes can be made to the page after approval.)

September

  • Distribute reception invitations to artists and colleagues. The Bronze participation/sponsorship fee includes 2 reception tickets for each artist whose work was selected for exhibition at the Everson, plus 2 additional tickets for your company, to be distributed at your discretion (# depends on sponsorship level). Additional reception tickets may be purchased through CNY Arts.

October

  • Transport selected art pieces to the finale exhibit site, Everson Museum of Art, on move-in day, or arrange for transportation by the selected artists. Art work must be properly labeled and ready for display, and accompanied by a list including your company name, artists’ names, art work titles, and the company coordinator’s name and phone number.
  • Attend the On My Own Time Artists' Reception at Everson Museum of Art and represent your company at the awards presentation or designate a colleague as your representative.

 CNY Arts will submit On My Own Time promotional materials to media and promote the event and publicize participating company names through the CNY Arts website, newsletter/blog, its regional Arts & Entertainment online calendar, social media channels, and other outlets. Companies may also wish to submit materials to print/broadcast media and promote their On My Own Time participation via social media. Please provide CNY Arts with a copy or link for any On My Own Time related press materials you create.

On My Own Time 2022 Guidelines
for Individual Artist Participants

(not participating through an employer)


READY TO REGISTER? CLICK HERE!

  • On My Own Time is designed for amateur artists (not working as/pursuing a career as a professional artist.) Exception: School art teachers may submit works not in their primary discipline for adjudication.
  • Artists must be age 18 or older
  • Artists should live or work in the Central NY or Mohawk Valley area.

2022 Timeline

May 31: Deadline to register for the On My Own Time virtual program ($20 fee)

June 15: Deadline to e-mail high-resolution photo of your art work(s) to CNY Arts (Details will be provided to you after registration.)

June/July (dates TBA): Art adjudication - Artist participants notified of selections

Friday, October 7: Evening Artists’ Reception (location TBA) held jointly with business participant artists; will include a virtual exhibit presentation and outstanding art works awards

October 8, 2022 -- August 31, 2023: On My Own Time  virtual exhibit hosted online

 

A panel of volunteer adjudicators who are local arts professionals will review all works (up to 3 per artist) submitted to the program by amateur artists who have registered for the On My Own Time 2022 program and paid the $20 program fee. (Submission Deadline: June 15, 2022)

The panel will select pieces to be included in the On My Own Time 2022 virtual 3-D exhibit, which will be displayed onscreen at the On My Own Time finale exhibit reception as well as online via the CNY Arts website (cnyarts.org). The panel will make every effort to include at least one piece per artist in the final exhibit, but reserves the right to select/not select any individual piece for any reason.

Several pieces will be chosen to be highlighted as Outstanding Art Works by the adjudication panel. These artists will receive special recognition at the On My Own Time finale exhibit reception.

The 2022 virtual On My Own Time art exhibit will be linked on the CNY Arts website (cnyarts.org) from approximately October 8, 2022 through August 31, 2023.

Criteria for Submission of Art Work:

  • On My Own Time is designed to celebrate and highlight the work and creativity of individuals who are artists as an avocation, not professional artists.
  • Art work submitted must be original creations - copies of any published works or craft kits will not be accepted.
  • Each entrant may submit up to three pieces for adjudication - these works may be all in one category or in various categories.
  • All work submitted must have been completed within three years of entry
  • Works must be submitted as a high-resolution photograph (Submission details will be provided.)

Suggested Categories of Visual Art Work (does not include video/film):

Painting

Ceramics

Printmaking

Drawing

Sculpture

Photography

Collage

Fiber Art

Glasswork

Computer Arts   

Metal Work   

Mixed Media

Selected pieces will be included in a public, virtual, 3-D exhibit linked online from the CNY Arts website for approximately 10 months. The virtual exhibit will also be shown at a private reception, attended by virtual and in-person artist participants, business participant representatives, family, and friends and CNY Arts staff. Artists whose pieces are selected as Outstanding Art Works in the virtual category will be recognized at the reception.

How to Participate as an Individual Artist (not participating through an employer)

Now through May 31, 2022:

There is a $20 fee per artist to help defray program administration costs. Each artist may submit up to three pieces (one fee includes 1-3 pieces). The fee includes 2 tickets to the On My Own Time finale exhibit opening reception.

By June 15, 2022:

  • Submit a high-resolution photograph of your work(s) (up to 3 pieces). Photo submission details will be provided after you register.

June/July 2022:

  • You will be notified about piece selections.

October 7, 2022

  • Attend the On My Own Time Artists' Reception!

 

On My Own Time is presented in cooperation with

 

Welcome to our On My Own Time 2022 Gold Sponsor!

 




Many thanks to On My Own Time 2021 Silver Sponsor!

SEE THE ON MY OWN TIME 2021 VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HERE!