Commissioners' Choice

Stefan Begej

January 4 - March 23, 2018

Opening Reception: January 20 from 6pm-7:30pm

Mr. Begej will showcase works from his Fragmentation Series of mixed-media wall sculptures created using a "flash sculpture" technique (a three-dimensional analogue of high-speed flash photography) to visually represent various human emotions and behaviors, or to express commentary on social and cultural topics.
Each sculpture is based on one or more recovered and repurposed objects that have been fragmented and dissociated, then re-composed into an exploding radial array of energetic shards, pieces, and components. Much of the experimentation in these works is done in the fragment re-composition phase, in which the natural laws of physics and causality are deliberately disregarded, modified, or simply re-invented in ways that suitably amplify the visual dramatics of each artwork.
The largest portion of the exhibit consists of musical instruments selected from genres such as classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass.  Singly, the artworks are invented exaggerations intended to represent an impossibly intense exuberant state on the part of the individual musician.  However, when grouped, they can also represent a much greater collective exuberance exhibited by an instrumental ensemble, a band, or even something as large as an entire classical orchestra.  
Other works in the Fragmentation collection include objects such as sports equipment, personal accessories, small electronic appliances, and toys, and are intended to represent other facets of human behavior such as athletic enthusiasm, the surprise of discovery, mathematical misunderstandings, and unbridled acquisitiveness.
Mr. Begej has been pursuing artistic endeavors for the last five years after retirement from careers in metallurgical engineering, computer science, instrumentation development, and robotics.  His current interests include mixed-media sculptures, photography, small mechanicals, and large-scale mobiles.

The Commissioners' Choice program is an artist invitational which provides a unique exhibition opportunity at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Each year, the Lone Tree Arts Commission supports emerging and professional artists by providing a venue to display their work in a public setting.

Artists are encouraged to submit an application for consideration of solo and group exhibitions in the Lone Tree Arts Center. Submittals should have an educational and informative component and demonstrate a meaningful body of work.

Commissioners’ Choice invitational at Lone Tree Arts Center is open to the public. With a rolling deadline applicants may submit at any time. Our team meets regularly to review artists’ submissions. If we are interested in presenting your artwork in our gallery, or have questions on your application we will contact you.

Proposals must include:

  • A concept statement for the exhibition (500 words maximum).
  • Resume and artist statement describing body of work for each artist to be in the exhibit including: website address, exhibition history, gallery experience, awards and reviews.
  • 10-20 professionally photographed digital images uploaded to Café ( formatted to Café guidelines.
  • An annotated exhibition checklist may be requested for presentation to the lone Tree Arts Commission and City Council.

Proposals may only be submitted to CafÉ under the title Commissioners’ Choice Invitational Lone Tree Arts Center. Click here to submit your proposal. Please forward questions to