Beaux Arts Ball

imageArtwork by Danielle Dygert 


Presents an experience like never before...

Join us for the revival of the


A themed costume event featuring the 10th annual


Friday, May 11, 2018

7:00pm Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Grand Foyer


Explore your Wildest Dreams by interpreting the themein what you wear (optional). Interact with characters and experiences as you support and celebratethe importance of Art Center Sarasota in our community.


Sponsorships: or 941-365-2032

Eventbrite - Beaux Arts Ball/ iconcept

Honorary chairs are Anna von Gehr, a prominent local arts leader and her husband Robert Tarbell, a nationally acclaimed artist. Come see the unconventional fashion show and, if you are feeling creative, interpret the theme any way you choose and wear your own avant garde outfit to win a prize in the audience contest.  Dine and drink while exploring the unique array of interactive entertainment and performances. It will be a memorable evening and a great opportunity to show your support for the arts


What is the BEAUX ARTS BALL?image

The Beaux Arts Ball was an annual event originally conceived by the Ringling School of Art (now Ringling College of Art and Design). Held during the 1940’s - 1970’s in Sarasota, the event defined a period when the visual arts and artists were at the center of the city’s social life. The costumed themes drew audiences up to 1,000 people who came in themed costumes.

In 1947, the Art Association (now known as Art Center Sarasota) began hosting the Beaux Arts Ball. This event became the most colorful event of the winter season. It was held at the John Ringling Hotel and later at the Municipal Auditorium with participants putting great planning into and wearing extremely elaborate costumes. Themes such as Outer Space, Saint or Sinner, and Bal Oriental inspired unique and inventive costumes. Prizes were given for the most original. The dance was open to artists, students and the general public.

What is ICONCEPT?image

Now in its 10th year, iconcept was conceived to showcase artists in the community as well as raising funds to support Art Center Sarasota. Artists and designers are challenged each year to use their imagination and problem solving skills to create “fabric” from unconventional materials not commonly associated with clothing design. The results are constructed into avant garde ensembles for a unique and highly anticipated runway “fashion” show.

The time has come to revitalize the Beaux Arts Ball and bring an interactive, creative event to arts supporters in Sarasota. The success of the iconcept fashion show over the past 9 years was a perfect fit to incorporate into this revival. This will be one of the “most talked about” events of the year providing an inclusive, affordable opportunity to have fun and support Art Center Sarasota.