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On My Own Time

On My Own Time

ON MY OWN TIME IS BACK FOR 2022!

The On My Own Time finale exhibit opens at Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St, Syracuse, NY on Thursday, Oct. 6 and runs through Friday, November 11.


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 Central New York businesses and organizations of all sizes!

On My Own Time is a celebration of visual arts that highlights the often unsung artists in all fields who create art "on their own time"!  Employers from business, nonprofit, government, and educational sectors can join this annual program to spotlight the creativity of their staff members and to celebrate and support arts and culture in the workplace and community.  

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

Registrations have closed for 2022 and will reopen for 2023 in January!

On My Own Time 2022 Guidelines
for Business/Organization Participants

 

Friday, July 15: 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—August 19: 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)

Thursday, October 6: Evening Reception for Finale Exhibit Opening at Everson Museum of Art

October 7 —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 6/9/22

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 and mounted by each participating company to occur some time during 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. 

The finale exhibit is a 3- to 4-week public exhibit of selected pieces from all participating companies, hosted by Everson Museum of Art for a 3-4 week period in October/November. An opening reception, attended by artists, company coordinators, business representatives and colleagues, family, and friends, is held at the Everson Museum at the beginning of the finale exhibit's run - Oct. 6, 2022

Company Coordinator Role


Now through July 15, 2022

May—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 May, June and/or July. You can include the dates in your registration form or supply them later.

Now through August 19

  • 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 e-mail the list to omot@cnyarts.org - We will copy it 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. (We will let you know what info we need and 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). 

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 on October 6, 2022 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 is presented in cooperation with

 

Thank you to our On My Own Time 2022 Gold Sponsors!

 

 

 

 

 




Thank you to On My Own Time 2022 Silver Sponsors!

 

 

 

SEE THE ON MY OWN TIME 2021 VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HERE!