Commissioners' Choice

Joellyn T. Duesberry: A Painter's Path

January 9, 2020 - March 28, 2020

Joellyn T. Duesberry’s long and distinguished painting career took her around the world. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Duesberry began putting paint to paper at age ten when given oil paints by her grandmother, and this fortitude never faded. Inviting the viewer along her journey, A Painter's Path offers a grand overview of Duesberry’s prolific output traveling the hemispheres and exploring rural planes, exotic land, rock, and water forms. Her landscapes, early and most recent work, reveal the subjects that continually inspired her to revisit them on the canvas and in person. 
Show Dates: January 9—March 28 
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm and prior to scheduled performances 

A painting by Joellyn T. Duesberry titled Under the Pines. Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 6:00pm-7:30pm 

Join us for an evening of beautiful art, mingling and tasty treats! Celebrate the opening of Joellyn T. Duesberry: A Painter’s Path while noshing on light bites from Lante Brau Casa and perusing the life’s work of one of the most significant landscape painters of the west. Art is available for purchase through the box office. 

Artist Information

Joellyn T. Duesberry (1944-2016), a self-taught landscape oil painter, painted the west for decades, establishing her reputation as a Western American artist; a regionalist with a clear focus. This reputation overlooks the works she has created around the world, and discounts Duesberry’s self-identification as a modernist. A 1986 National Endowment for the Arts Painting Grant afforded Duesberry the opportunity to study under California modernist Richard Diebenkorn for a month, changing the trajectory of her career as an artist. The time she spent with Diebenkorn prompted her to move from Manhattan to Colorado, where she began to explore the geometry of the Western landscape. Originally an abstract painter, Duesberry’s work evolved, revealing the tension between illusion in depth and flat patterning on the surface of a canvas, avoiding balance or resolve either way. Coming full circle, Duesberry’s later work began to isolate the elements of the theme that she found most fascinating, resulting in an image that is the absolute essence of the design.
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. This call is for two exhibits: one beginning in mid-July through early-September 2019 and one beginning in early-January through early-March 2020. 


Proposals for Commissioners' Choice exhibits 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