Beaux Arts Ball

Save the Date! The 87th Annual Beaux Arts Ball will be held on Thursday, December 21 at the Oakley Lindsay Center.

2016 Beaux Arts Ball

Congraulations to Erica Elyse Ernst daughter of John and Debbie Ernst, for being named the 2016 Beaux Arts Ball Queen!

Special Maids Anna Signe Mugerditchian was named first special maid. Second special maid was Taylor Ann Tweedell, third special maid was Charlotte Claire Sullivant, and fourth special maid was McKendree Lee Mummey.Congratulations!

While the queen and the four special maids are determined by who sells the most tickets, volunteer efforts are also recognized. Anna Signe Mugerditchian, daughter of Paul and Christine Mugerditchian, won the Beaux Arts Ball Young Woman of Achievement Award. The award, a symbol of the importance of community service, is given to honor the founding women of the Quincy Art Center and is given annually to the participant who has compiled the most hours of volunteer work at the Art Center. (Left)

 

Special thanks to this year's Sponsors!

 

Major sponsors for the ball are Gardner Denver, Great River Aviation LLC, Gully Transportation, Quincy Medical Group, Quincy Recycle, Refreshment Services Pepsi, and Sturhahn Jewelers. Additional sponsors include Architechnics Inc., Eighth Avenue Villager, Richard & Laura Gerdes Ehrhart, Freiburg Insurance Agency, Friends of the Art Center, Mike & Peg Holzgrafe, Kennedy Wealth Group, Media Development, Schuecking's Mens Wear, Specs, Wellman Florist, The Herald Whig, and WGEM-TV.

 


2016 Beaux Arts Ball

Erica Elyse Ernst daughter of John and Debbie Ernst, celebrates with her father after the coronation.
 

2015 Beaux Arts Ball

Congratulations to Audrey Roman, daughter of Robert and Sarah Roman, for being named the 2015 Beaux Arts Ball Queen!

2014 Beaux Arts Ball

Emily McCleery and father William  McCleery celebrate after the coronation.

2013 Beaux Arts Ball

Anna Mcnay and her father Richard continue the tradition in the 83rd annual Beaux Arts Ball!
 

2012 Beaux Arts Ball

Alyson Tappe, 2012 Queen and daughter of  Ted & Raina Tappe, celebrates with her father after the coronation.
What is the Beaux Arts Ball?

The Beaux Arts Ball is a Quincy tradition that helps fund the Quincy Art Center’s exhibitions and educational programs.

Who Participates in the ball?

Any sophomore, junior, or senior girl can participate in the Beaux Arts Ball. If you have been invited, consider it an honor as we try to involve young men and women that are already active and making a difference in our community. By taking part, you are continuing a Quincy tradition!

When is the Beaux Arts Ball?

It is It is always held in late December around Christmas. In recent years, it has been at the Oakley Lindsay Center.

What is the history of the Beaux Arts Ball?
The Beaux Arts Ball is an 84 year old tradition that first took place in 1930. It was sponsored by the Quincy Art Club and held at the Hotel Lincoln-Douglas. In 1938, Katherine Gardner, for whom the Stevenson Gallery is named, was crowned the First Beaux Arts Ball Queen for receiving the most ticket pledges.
1940 was the first year that the Queen candidates took part in selling tickets. During WWII, the ball was held but no Queen was crowned until 1950. 
The signature white dresses of the Queen Candidates are reminiscent of a debutant ball and have been a tradition since 1970. The signature red poinsettias have always been around since the very beginning and are symbolic of the holiday spirit surrounding the Ball.   Since 1930, the Ball has evolved and changed into what it is today. The people and places have changed numerous times, but the main focus of the Beaux Arts Ball has always been to support the Quincy Art Center! 
What do I do at the Beaux Arts Ball?
Juniors: Juniors are encouraged to volunteer at the Art Center for 4 hours and help with the kids classes, exhibitions, or special events. The night of the ball they help with ticket sales or reserved seating. Juniors are also responsible for holding the ropes to make an aisle for all of the Queen candidates.
 
Sophomores: Sophomores are encouraged to volunteer at the Art Center for 2 hours and help with the kids classes, exhibitions, or special events. They help take tickets and hand out programs during the night of the ball. 
Escorts: The night of the ball, they will escort the Queens down the runway and help them up the steps. 
*Juniors and sophomores will take shifts so that they are able to enjoy the ball too!

2016 Young Women of Achievement Award Winner

"My time volunteering at the Quincy Art Center has been nothing short of wonderful. I have loved getting to know all of the excellent staff there. They are such a joy to work with. I've also loved the vast amount opportunities I've had in the past 3 years. I've gotten the chance to work with so many kids and help them grow a love of art. I've been able to help start new projects such as a historical record of all the Art Center's events. It has been such a pleasure to spend my time at the Art Center. I can't wait to continue my volunteer work there and to continue to make positive changes in our arts community." -Anna Signe Mugerditchian

Young Women of Achievement Award

History

On January 23, 1923, a group of Quincy women created the Quincy Art Club.  Their goal was “to foster the aesthetic needs of Quincy and develop among her citizens an appreciation of Art in its broad and universal sense as applied to life.”  Today, the Quincy Art Center’s mission is to educate the public by promoting the growth and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions and programs. The Art Center is supported in part by membership fees, contributions, grants and proceeds from fundraising events, the most notable of which is the annual Beaux Arts Ball.

Award

It seems most fitting that an organization founded by women is today funded, in part, by the efforts of young women volunteering their time to raise monies through participation in the Beaux Arts Ball.  In an effort to recognize not only the fundraising abilities of the queen candidates, the Beaux Arts Ball Commission has decided to implement an award based upon volunteer efforts.  The Woman of Achievement Award will be presented during the Beaux Arts Ball Coronation and will be awarded to the young lady who has taken the additional initiative and has accumulated the most volunteer hours at the Quincy Art Center.

Eligibility

Time spent soliciting donations for the Quincy Art Center will not be included in the minimum time requirement.  This community service opportunity will be available to all women participating in the Beaux Arts Ball (sophomore, junior and senior girls).  Hours will accumulate beginning in the sophomore year. Time sheets will be kept by the Quincy Art Center and tallied on the last business day before the Ball. This opportunity is not mandatory.

Community Development
Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity that can help develop a young woman into a successful, valuable, and contributing member of society.  Girls can help in a variety of ways: summer art camp, fall kids classes, clerical and office support. Volunteer opportunities will be handed out at orientation and also listed on the Art Center website.1940 was the first year that the Queen candidates took part in selling tickets. During WWII, the ball was held but no Queen was crowned until 1950. 
The signature white dresses of the Queen Candidates are reminiscent of a debutant ball and have been a tradition since 1970. The signature red poinsettias have always been around since the very beginning and are symbolic of the holiday spirit surrounding the Ball.   Since 1930, the Ball has evolved and changed into what it is today. The people and places have changed numerous times, but the main focus of the Beaux Arts Ball has always been to support the Quincy Art Center! 
Participation is open to all young women entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades! 
To volunteer, please sign up online,  call Kayla at 223-5900, or email kobert@quincyartcenter.org.

Table Reservations

Due to the limited seating capacity and increased volume of patrons at the Beaux Arts Ball, the Quincy Art Center will offer reserved tables of eight at a cost of $75 per table. Open seating is available but tables must be reserved. Reserved tables do not include admission to the ball.

For an additional $25, a food tray can be added to your order. Table reservations and food trays count towards Queen candidates overall fundraising totals. Please contact as Queen candidate to reserve a table!