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Curtis Butler, American Airlines

Business Council for the Arts (BCA) celebrated its annual On My Own Time exhibition at an opening reception for the artists on October 4, 2018.  On view at NorthPark Center, on level one in the east wing. through October 21, 2018, the exhibition features nearly 200 works created by North Texas business professionals who participate in BCA’s signature On My Own Time program.


Included in the featured works, are the 2018 “Best of Show” winners, who were selected by a panel of distinguished jurors:

  • Brent Harmes, American Airlines, “Cleared Direct Nassau,” Category: Works on canvas
  • Tamara Wascovich, The Art Institute of Dallas, “Sweet Tooth,” Category: Works on paper
  • Emmanuel Aduayi, Axxess, “All For You Too,” Category: Color photography
  • Laura Gorden, Beck Group, “Texas Spring,” Category: Works on paper
  • James Fiedler, Capital One, “Untitled 3,” Category: Black and white photography
  • Lee Graham, Corgan, “Countdown,” Category: Works on paper
  • Breanna Turnley, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, “Gouache Girl,” Category: Works on paper
  • Jim Bird, Exxon Mobil Corporation, “Skateboarders,” Category: Black and white photography
  • Thomas Shaw, Gensler, “Ben & Franklin’s Thanksgiving 2018 – Elements du Chartres,” Category: Works on paper
  • David Tosh, Heritage Auctions, “The Jellybean Chronicles,” Category: Works on paper
  • Jeffery Morrison, Hunt, “15 minute till,” Category: Works on paper
  • Sandra LaVigne, JP Morgan Chase, “Beauty Among Thorns,” Category: Color photography
  • Pritish Savant, NorthPark Center, “The Oculus,” Category: Black and white photography
  • Emily Yan, OMNIPLAN, “Overjoyed,” Category: Works on paper
  • Robert Shaver, Oncor, “Palantir,” Category: Mixed media
  • Emily Teng Yan, Oncor, “Overjoyed, ”Category: Works on paper
  • Frederick Summers, Parkland Health & Hospital Systems, “White pitcher still life,” Category: Works on canvas
  • Tatianna Francesconi, PwC, “Inspired by Cora Harrington Photo,” Category: Works on canvas
  • Alexis Kaleri, SBL Architecture, “Self Portrait,” Category: Works on canvas
  • Danielle Felder, Thompson & Knight LLP, “Puppy Love,” Category: Color photography
  • Elena Nosyreva, UT Southwestern, “Breakfast with Jack,” Category: Color photography


On My Own Time, a trademarked program of Business Council for the Arts, is a regional art competition that showcases the talent and creativity of North Texas business professionals.  Since the program’s inception in 2013, On My Own Timehas showcased the work of thousands of creative employees from companies across North Texas.  Each year, participating companies hold in-house competitions featuring employee art, both visual and literary, created outside working hours.  Winners in each of the visual art subcategories are selected to move on to the regional exhibition, where the best pieces from the participating companies are exhibited at NorthPark Center.


“As Business Council for the Arts celebrates a milestone anniversary this year, we are immensely proud to present our 26thannual On My Own Time exhibition,” remarked Katherine Wagner, CEO, Business Council for the Arts.  “As part of our ongoing mission to unite commerce and culture, this program not only highlights the talents of these professionals, but also provides companies the opportunity to engage their employees, encourage creativity, publicly recognize team members and create a platform for a tangible expression of company values.”


For more information about On My Own Time and other BCA programs, visit


About Business Council for the Arts

For 30 years, Business Council for the Arts (BCA), a non-profit organization, has created strong business/arts partnerships that build world-class communities where people want to live, work and grow in North Texas. Since its inception, Business Council for the Arts has advocated for business support of the arts, developed business leaders for nonprofit boards of directors through its Leadership Arts Institute; fostered employee creativity, engagement and creativity through the arts with On My Own Time, a signature program; guided strategic business support for the arts; and measured the economic impact of arts and culture in North Texas. For more information, visit

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