Commissioners' Choice

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 Colorado-based artists by providing a venue to display their work in a public setting. Please see below for more information for this specific show. 

The Lone Tree Arts Center is open to the public from 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday. If you have any questions, please email or call the Box Office at 720-509-1000.

Into the Rearview Mirror: A Look Back at 2020

This exhibit takes a look back at the unparalleled events of 2020 through the responses of visual artists. Themes such as isolation, social justice, COVID-19, human connection, and hope come through in this collection of work from artists in Colorado and across the globe. This collection is made up of 52 pieces of varying mediums and the perspective of 29 artists that range from professional to emerging.  

Viewing: March 4th– May 23rd 
Load-out: May 24th
Virtual Reception: March 17th at 6:30pm, Mountain Time
Join the exhibit's curator and moderator for the evening, Colleen Fanning, as she dives into this collection and the diverse works that fill the gallery space during this livestream opening tour. As Colleen takes you through each piece of the collection, she will share her insight into the work and why it tells such an important piece of the 2020 story. Throughout the event, we will have appearances from some of the participating artists and the opportunity to get a more in depth picture of their work within the exhibit and how 2020 has affected them as an artist.  
Watch here on YouTube or our Facebook page
 Click here to check out our online gallery. Below is a welcome video from Arts Commissioner Larry Lovelace and our curator, Colleen Fanning, as well as an interactive virtual tour. 

Curator Bio

Colleen Fanning is a private art advisor, appraiser of Post War, Contemporary and Emerging Art, and curator. Since 1996, she has curated collections for the City & County of Denver, the Denver International Airport, both public and private art collections across the country. 
In private practice, she has placed Modern and Contemporary artists, Elaine de Kooning, Purvis Young, Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami, Zhang Huan, Louise Bourgeois, Roger Shimomura, Alexander Calder, Ed Ruscha, Catherine Opie, Marilyn Minter, Robert Peterson, Damien Hirst, Madison Fred Mitchell, Mikey Pallas and numerous other emerging an mid-career artists. She attends international art fairs around the world, providing guidance with her clients on collecting strategies.
Fanning received a BFA in Art History from University of Colorado in 1996.  Following her undergraduate studies, she held positions in the highly regarded Denver Public Art Program and Denver International Airport for three mayoral administrations, including Wellington Webb, John Hickenlooper, and Michael Hancock.  Fanning has commissioned site-specific works with notable artists, Larry Kirkland, Bernar Venet, Ed Ruscha, Dennis Oppenheim, Donald Lipski, Luis Jimenez, Fernando Botero, Jonathan Borofsky, Betty Woodman, Haddad Drugan, and Buster Simpson and many others.