The art of nearly 30 University of North Texas faculty and staff members is on display at UNT on the Square — all 40 or so pieces made, as the title says, “On My Own Time.”
The exhibit, which runs through Wednesday, includes sculpture, drawing, painting and photography that faculty and staff produced outside of work.
“A lot of these people have never shown work before in a professional setting, so it’s brave and admirable to put themselves out there,” said Meredith Buie, administrative coordinator for UNT on the Square.
Only three people from the College of Visual Arts and Design submitted work; and for the second year in a row, the largest group of employees to submit work were librarians, she said.
“There are surprisingly a lot of librarians who entered, same as last year, and I thought that was very interesting,” Buie said.
Tonight, the artists, their families, friends and the public will be present for an awards reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., where the winners in each category and the best of show winner will be announced.
A panel of regional arts experts judges the works, which compete in 11 categories based on media. The UNT exhibit is part of “On My Own Time,” the Dallas Business Council for the Arts’ art exhibition for business professionals throughout North Texas. Selected winners will continue on to the regional exhibit in September at NorthPark Center in Dallas.
Visitors to the UNT exhibit can vote for their favorite piece in the show. The winner will be announced after the show closes.
Tonight’s event will feature free appetizers and wine for those over 21, Buie said.
UNT on the Square is located at 109 N. Elm St. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. On Thursdays, hours are extended to 8 p.m. The gallery is also open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
— Jenna Duncan