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Exhibition to feature artworks by UNT employees

Exhibition to feature artworks by UNT employees

July 28
15:16 2014

Samantha McDonald / Staff Writer

You know them as professors, librarians, custodians, and assistants, but these individuals are also artists. Once again, they will be able to show their talents in a competitive exhibition that features artwork created by employees throughout UNT.

Forty-eight UNT faculty and staff members will participate at the regional event, “On My Own Time,” with some showing not only one but two creative pieces. The annual display, now in its 22nd year, is directed by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts, and brings together works from around 2,000 employee-artists region wide.

“This is a great opportunity for faculty and staff to show their colleagues, families and friends their creative outlet,” said Meredith Buie, administrative coordinator for the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts at UNT on the Square, where the artworks will be exhibited.

A reception and awards ceremony for “On My Own Time” will be open to the public from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug.1. The exhibition will be held from July 28 to Aug. 9. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free.

Jurors experienced in the arts will select winners from eleven categories, including painting and sculpture, plus a new category, literature. Among the awards is People’s Choice, for which participating employee-artists vote. First Prize and Best of Show winners will have their works featured at the NorthPark Center shopping mall in Dallas during the month of September.

“It’s always amazing to see that a lawyer is an amazing photographer or a librarian is an amazing graphic artist,” NTBCA director of programs Juliana Rogers said. “The ‘On My Own Time’ show really brings [these people] together around their interest in creating art.”

According to the IAA, UNT’s participation in the competition helps give employees a chance to engage in creative pursuits while building team spirit and earning recognition for the works they do on their own time, hence the title of the program.

“The purpose of the exhibition is twofold. One is to give those people a chance to show what they do,” said Robert Milnes, dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design and a member of the Steering Committee at the IAA. “The second is really to bring together the community of people who work at UNT to see each other in new lights [and] in capacities that we probably didn’t know they had.”

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