On My Own Time
Due to the current New York State Pause, On My Own Time 2020 will consist of an online, virtual exhibit.
Companies and organizations in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, & Oswego Counties are invited to submit their employees' art works that meet the program criteria. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2020. Contact us for details!
On My Own Time is a unique partnership between CNY Arts and Central New York businesses that promotes the outstanding benefits of arts and culture to our community’s well-being!
The program, produced in cooperation with Everson Museum of Art, has featured original visual art works of thousands of members of the Central New York workforce who are amateur artists on their own time. It spotlights talented employees and their sponsoring companies and sparks a creative spirit in the workplace.
Created by CNY Arts in 1974, On My Own Time has been replicated in regions across the country. The program is a recipient of the Private Sector Initiative Commendation awarded by the President of the United States.
On My Own Time provides a collaborative platform for businesses and organizations to recognize and support the expression of arts and culture and the power of creativity in the workforce and in our community. Join us!
Friday, March 22: On My Own Time Kick-Off Luncheon
Tuesday, April 30: Deadline to join On My Own Time program & to provide your company’s in-house exhibit dates (Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more time to schedule.)
March—May: Invoices for participation/sponsorship fee mailed out by CNY Arts to participating companies upon registration
April 1—June 7: In-House company exhibits take place, including a scheduled visit by the On My Own Time art selection panel (adjudicators)
July (dates TBA): Companies drop off the two art pieces that were chosen for the catalog to the OMOT photographer (Directions and other details will be provided.)
July (dates TBA): Companies pick up their art pieces from the photographer
Friday, August 9: Deadline for companies to provide logos & program ads, if applicable, for the catalog to CNY Arts (Details will be provided.)
Thursday, October 3: 10am – 2pm: Companies deliver art pieces selected for the final exhibit to the Everson Museum of Art
Friday, October 18: 5:30pm – 7:30pm: Artists’ Reception at the Everson Museum of Art
October 12 —November 17: On My Own Time Exhibit open to the community
Monday, November 18: 10am – 2pm: Companies pick up art pieces at Everson Museum of Art
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 as a condition for public exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art.
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 Everson exhibit. The Everson Museum of Art 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:
- Retirees and interns are eligible at the discretion of the participating company.
- Employee relatives are not eligible.
- School art teachers may not submit works for judging in their primary discipline.
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.
- All work submitted must have been completed within three years of entry. Employees can resubmit recent works (that were not selected for the Everson exhibit) from a prior On My Own Time exhibit.
- Submitted works must be finished works, display ready, and include hardware for mounting or display - submit display instructions/materials for unusual pieces.
- Co-Sponsorship Credit: Participating organizations act as co-sponsors of this annual event, in partnership with CNY Arts and the Everson Museum of Art. Your company will receive a full page in the exhibit catalog that is distributed to the community during the month-long run of the On My Own Time finale exhibit at the Everson.
- 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.
- 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 the Everson Museum of Art.
- Support Creativity in the Workplace: The program brings amazing art and a creative spirit into the workplace.
- Attend the Kick-Off Luncheon: You will receive an invitation for two company representatives to attend our spring luncheon.
- Attend the Artist/Company Celebration at the Everson: You will receive six tickets to the opening reception and award presentation at the 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.
Suggested Categories of Art Work:
Participating companies appoint an On My Own Time Company Coordinator(s) from its staff 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 artists as well as arrange their in-house exhibit.
The On My Own Time program begins with a kickoff luncheon in March, followed by individual company exhibits of employee art scheduled by each participating company in April, May, or June. 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.
The finale exhibit is a 3 to 4 week public exhibit of selected pieces held at the Everson Museum of Art in the fall. A private artists' reception, attended by artists, company coordinators, and colleagues, family, and friends, is held at the beginning of the finale exhibit's run.
Company Program Coordinator Role
- Promote On My Own Time at the company level to attract 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. A customized e-mailable flyer can be provided by CNY Arts.
- Prepare a registration list of employee entrants and their artwork. Provide the CNY Arts Coordinator with the planned date(s) of your on-site exhibit, which can take place during April, May, and/or June.
- 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 indicate specific days/times preferred for adjudication.
- Prepare a numbered list of entered art pieces with each artist’s name and art work title, the year the art piece was created, and the dimensions of the art piece, if possible. (A template form will be provided.) Numbers on this list should correspond with numbered identification cards posted next to each piece of art at your in-house exhibit. Please provide 5 copies of this list for the adjudicators.
- Provide the CNY Arts Coordinator 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 On My Own Time at your discretion 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 and the Everson Museum of Art on all printed materials promoting On My Own Time. Logos are available at your request.
- Consider hosting an artists’ reception at your company. Feel free to develop other activities around your on-site exhibit, such as inviting staff members and/or visitors to choose their favorite exhibit pieces.
- 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 Everson Museum of Art public exhibition, and the photos will appear in the OMOT catalog. (One piece will be photographed in color, and one in black and white.)
- Provide exhibit catalog information: Text for your company’s page in the catalog, plus a display ad, if applicable. (You will be sent a first draft of your catalog page.)
- 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.)
- 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 a minimum of 6 additional tickets for your company, to be distributed at your discretion (# depends on sponsorship level). Additional reception tickets may be purchased through CNY Arts.
- Transport selected art pieces to the 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 the Everson Museum of Art and represent your company at the awards presentation, or designate a colleague as your representative.
CNY Arts will submit overall program promotional materials to media and promote the event and publicize participating company names through the CNY Arts website, newsletter/blog, its Central NY 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 of any On My Own Time related press materials you create.