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. 

Into the Rearview Mirror: A Look Back at 2020

Apply to the call here.

Viewing: March 3rd– May 23rd 
Load-in: March 2nd
Load-out: May 24th
Reception: TBD 

Call Details: 

The City of Lone Tree is seeking submissions for a Commissioners' Choice exhibit for display at the Lone Tree Arts Center in the Spring of 2021. The Lone Tree Arts Commission is looking for conceptual works that respond to the unprecedented year of 2020.  We are especially interested in Artist's response to the following themes:
  • isolation and how it changed your work
  • the movement towards racial justice in America
  • work about frontline healthcare worker's taxing mission
  • stories of family resilience
  • responses to a politically divided nation
  • how artists are expressing human connections, or a lack thereof
Any additional compelling, and powerful themes arising from last year are welcome.  We are a municipal arts center promoting high-quality, artistic expression. We encourage evocative, compelling work; however, imagery that is menacing, derogatory, violent, or overtly sexual will not be accepted.
This show will be selected by our curator, Colleen Fanning, and the members of the Lone Tree Arts Commission.
All submissions must be received by Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11:59pm for consideration in the exhibit.

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.