The Art Base, a nonprofit community art center in downtown Basalt, announces that non-profit executive and Roaring Fork Valley local, Lisa DeLosso, will join the organization as their new Executive Director, starting Tuesday, January 3rd.
Said DeLosso about her appointment: "From the Wyly Coyotes, to the old Basalt Library space, to the most recent evolution along Midland Avenue, the Art Base has such a strong, community-focused legacy in our valley. I'm excited for the opportunity to lead this vision forward for artists of all ages. I'm thankful to Skye Skinner, to each of her predecessors, to the Board of Trustees, and to the current team for laying this groundwork, and I'm looking forward to creating great things for our community as the Art Base's next Executive Director."
“The search has been very gratifying, with the Art Base community rallying to help us achieve this excellent outcome,” says Art Base Board member and chair of the search committee, Tim Brown. “We are so fortunate to find Lisa, with her long involvement in the Art Base’s programming and her impressive experience as a leader in the Valley’s arts non-profits. We are elated to know that she will build on the sturdy foundation established by Skye Skinner and carry on the Art Base’s mission.”
ABOUT LISA DELOSSO
Lisa DeLosso received her undergraduate degrees from the Pennsylvania State University in art education and art history, and a master’s in art education from The University of Texas at Austin. Her graduate thesis, "A Phenomenon of Thought," focused on spatial liminality in the museum environment. She has teaching and curriculum development experience as both a kindergarten art teacher and as a museum educator.
Prior to coming to the Art Base, she was the Associate Director for Development at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, the Chief Development Officer at the Aspen Art Museum, and most recently, the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships at Aspen Public Radio.
She bicycled over 4,500 miles from Austin, TX, to Anchorage, AK, as part of the 2009 Texas 4000 for Cancer team. In 2012, she summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa with the non-profit group, Survivor Summit. She is also an alumna of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
She is a current member of the Red Brick Center for the Arts Gallery Committee, where she helps select artwork to display in gallery spaces, as well as in the new Aspen City Hall. She has served on the peer review panel for Colorado Creative Industries' annual "Colorado Creates" grant program.
A voracious reader, Lisa helped moderate the 2022 "Community Read" book discussion for the local literary arts non-profit, Aspen Words. She founded Adventure Book Club®, a social opportunity for adults who like to read outdoor, travel, and adventure-based fiction and nonfiction books in 2014.
She steadfastly believes in the restorative power of nature and art, and strongly advocates for access to art for all.
ABOUT THE ART BASE
The Art Base is a nonprofit community arts center located in Basalt, Colorado. Through education, exhibitions, and events, they foster creative expression in the visual arts for all ages and abilities. Education programs are designed to be accessible to everyone and encourage creative expression and lifelong learning through art workshops and outreach programs in partnership with local nonprofits and Basalt schools. Exhibitions focus on opportunities for solo, group, and guest-curated exhibitions for Colorado-based artists, with an emphasis on those living in the Roaring Fork Valley.