CNY Arts, Inc.


2nd Annual OMOT Update

Art was just pouring in! Seventy-five amateur artists and artisans from seven counties in our region submitted one-hundred and seventy-nine visual art works to our second virtual edition of On My Own Time! (See a pattern there?) This is a big bump up from our first virtual presentation of this event last year, which welcomed sixty-eight wonderful works from twenty-nine area artists. 

Our long-running On My Own Time program usually begins in early spring. Because of pandemic protocols and unknowns, we couldn’t plan or adjudicate live, worksite exhibits in spring 2020 or 2021, so decided to go virtual, as many of our arts and cultural colleagues were doing so creatively. 

While we truly miss the in-person shows at all our OMOT businesses, a silver lining was that we reached many artists who were new to On My Own Time and participated along with a number of our long-time participants. We look forward the possibility of a hybrid program next year!

We can’t wait to unveil the 2021 exhibit COMING SOON! Sponsored by the Syracuse City School District, it will be hosted on the CNY Arts website ( and can be viewed with the ArtSteps virtual museum platform or a slideshow option. Get ready for a visual arts feast! You’ll see a treasure trove of oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolor, and digital paint, cyanotype, pastel, chalk, ink, graphite, pencil, spray paint collage, sculpture, color and black & white photography, fabric and fiber art, mixed media, ceramic—even coffee—visual arts creations (whew)! 

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Artists Credits/photos
Bottom Right: Wayne Young, Computer Programmer, Syracuse City School District - "Elderly Woman", pencil drawing
Top Right: Emily Mroczek, Special Education Teacher, H.W. Smith, Syracuse City School District - "5th Graders Symbolize Peace", photography
Bottom Left: Allison Grim - Conservation Technician, Colgate University - "Hold Me Close, Keep Me Safe", ceramic
Top Left: David Montminy, Mechanic, US Postal Service - "Stormfront", oil on canvas