For the past 17 years, the "On Our Own Time" employee art exhibit has allowed UA employees as well as their immediate family members to take part in a public exhibit showcasing their artistic abilities.
The pieces in this year's exhibit range from colored pencil drawings, paintings and photography to sculptures and jewelry. Artists of all skill levels were invited to submit their work, and a total of 114 pieces were entered by employees, their children and UA retirees.
For seven years, the National Arts Program, an organization that works to get employees in large organizations to show their artistic work, has sponsored the exhibit by providing certificates to all participants and a total of $3,450 in cash prizes to winners in categories including Best of Show, Adult, Youth/Teen and the People's Choice Award among others.
"I see a value in this," said Pamela Wagner, administrative assistant with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and a member of the exhibit's committee. "This is a kind of 'everybody's welcome' thing. It brings employees, and their families, from across the University and it gives them an opportunity to be together."
The exhibit, put on by the Classified Staff Council, opened Monday in the Union Gallery and will run until March 31.
A reception will be held on Saturday and winners will be announced by March 31.