On My Own Time — Annual exhibit draws art lovers to South Campus Library

By Lin Lofley


More than 100 artists with connections to UT Southwestern were honored recently for their participation in the On My Own Time art show. Commendations were awarded during a reception in the A.H. Harris Faculty-Alumni Center, and top honors went to a staffer and a postdoctoral researcher.

Vicky Webb stands with her "Bruise Brothers," the Best of Show award winner. She also took first place in the sculpture/ ceramics category. View slideshow.

Vicky Webb, a senior administrative associate in the Department of Surgery, won the Best of Show Award for her “Bruise Brothers” piece in the sculpture/ceramics category. The artwork will be part of the OMOT exhibition featuring top works by artists with ties to companies across North Texas. The exhibition will run Sept. 20-Oct. 4 at NorthPark Center.

Taking the People’s Choice Award, from the fiber art category, was a dress made by Dr. Gisella Mutungi, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Human Nutrition.

Ms. Webb’s life-size “Bruise Brothers” drew plenty of attention in the Library during the OMOT show. “I love seeing the residents around here; they’re so serious, and their pockets are just loaded with stuff,” she said.

So she fashioned the two pieces — “I’ve done other pieces, but these are the largest so far” — with lab coats and items often carried by residents: water bottle, MP3 device, earbuds, stethoscope, newspaper, swabs, pencil, pedometer, keys, rubber gloves and more. She added sunglasses and a saxophone to complete the scene.

Dr. Gisella Mutungi was the People's Choice winner for a dress she designed and made. View slideshow.
“I was honored to be selected Best of Show,” said Ms. Webb. “There are so many beautiful things in this show; mine was just fun. It was nice to see ‘my guys’ among them.”

Dr. Mutungi, whose father gave her a sewing machine years ago, said she makes most of her own clothes. “I don’t use patterns very much. If I like some material, I’ll buy it and then figure out what to make.”

Friends have told her she should go to New York to become a designer, “but this is where I want to be.”

Artworks will remain on exhibit in the Library until Oct. 5.