88th Beaux Arts Ball November 29 , 2019
Thank you to our Premiere Sponsor
The Lowery-Muller Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Since 1909, the Springfield Art Association (SAA) has been a leader in promoting and supporting the visual arts. The "Amateur Art Study Club" formally incorporated in 1913 to accept the deed to Edwards Place. This 4,200 sqaure foot Italianate mansion is the oldest home in Springfield and is the permanent home of the SAA.
The Beaux Arts Ball has become a time honored family tradition in Springfield while providing essential program funds to the SAA for more than 80 years. The Ball began in 1930 as a daytime Mardi Gras Ball Masque with a queen and court. The event included an auction, raffle, costume contest, children's program and beauty pageant.
After a few years, a more formal evening event that included dancing, entertainment, children's games, adult card games, and a meal was introduced. Over the years, the Art Association has adapted the Ball to the times, but has kept this Springfield tradition. During the Depression, ticket prices were lowered and formal dresses were made optional. The Ball was cancelled during the WWII years, then two Balls were held in 1948 to recover.
Today this family celebration recognizes members, donors, and volunteers who give their time, talents, and support to sustain and enrich the SAA. The children of the most supportive members become King and Queen. The children of the Edwards Place Society, Benefactor, Sustainer, and Patron level members are eligible to join the Court. Today, members and non-members attend this formal dinner, dance, and auction to support the mission of the SAA.
SAA Collective Gallery
420 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Located in the H.D. Smith Gallery
In the Hoogland Center for the Arts
Tuesday - Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday - Saturday NOON - 7 PM
SAA Main Campus
School of Art (Studios),
Michael Victor II Art Library,
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, and Edwards Place
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM