90th Annual Beaux Arts Ball
The 90th Beaux Arts Ball will be held on November 26, 2022 at the Wyndham City Centre in a slightly different format! While the Ball has been a staple fundraiser for the SAA and a long-standing Springfield tradition, the 90th event will be the last.
All are invited to this finale celebration and we especially hope to see former queens, kings, court members, and committee chairs who have all been integral to the Ball and its history.
Opposed to honoring the families of one Queen and King at this year's event, we'll be celebrating the support and volunteerism of three families.
All children of SAA members at the Family/Dual level and higher, who are in grades Kindergarten-College Senior, are invited to participate in the 90th Beaux Arts Ball Court. Click below to view court fees and register your child for the November 26 event.
Tickets to the event will be on sale by early November, ranging in price from $50-$140. Tickets to the 9 PM dance will also be available for $5.
Thank you to our 2022 Premier Sponsor
The Lowery-Muller Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
The Bill and Sarah Eves Family
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 square 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 Sustainer III, Sustainer II, Sustainer I, Patron, and Family/Dual 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
105 N. 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Wednesday - Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM
SAA Main Campus
Main Office, Studios,
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