89th Annual Beaux Arts Ball
A Gala Fundraiser to support the Springfield Art Association. This family-friendly event honors the volunteers who generously support the SAA with their time, talent and financial resources. Queen Abigail Elizabeth Milhiser and King Barrett Benjamin Kurmann will reign over the 89th Beaux Arts Ball in recognition of their families' outstanding dedication to the SAA on November 27, 2021.
Join us that evening for the coronation, silent auction, dinner, and dancing to live music by Kapital Sound! Tickets for The Art Deco Ball will be go on sale in October.
Adult - $125
Student with Adult Dinner - $75
Student with Child's Dinner - $50
Court Participant Dinner - $50
Dance Only, 9 PM - $5
Please read through instructions at top of page before entering your name and child(ren)'s names.
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
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