In February, Niko Sanchez, Digital Design and Fabrication Specialist in CATalyst Studios, won People's Choice and Honorable Mention for one of his paintings in the annual "On Our Own Time" staff art contest. Coordinated by the University of Arizona Employee Recognition Committee, any employee, retiree or volunteer can enter the contest.
Niko's painting was also celebrated at the Staff Awards for Excellence ceremony in late April which honored all University of Arizona staff winners for the year (in a variety of categories). He has spent 30 hours on this painting applying the "plein air" technique – a French term that refers to painting outside using natural light, color and movement.
"When our Fine Arts Liasion Librarian told me about the 'On Your Own Time' staff art show I was really excited to show off my latest plein air landscape," Niko said. "Afterward, when I went to pick up my painting, I was honored to find out that it won two awards. If you wanna see the painting, come stop by CATalyst Studios!"