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Beaux Arts Ball

Save the Date! The 88th Annual Beaux Arts Ball will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 7 - 11 p.m.

2018 Beaux Arts Ball

Even though the Beaux Arts Ball is months away, young ladies have already started to volunteer and sell tickets! At May’s Beaux Arts Ball Tea, candidates learned about volunteer opportunities and how the Ball supports all of the Art Center’s programs. Then the Senior candidates had a special treat of painting pottery in our studio!

Meet the 2018 Queen candidates: Alpha Cepeda, Sofia Fernandez, Payden Frese, Anna Gabel, Abby Haugh, Maacah Heberlein, Skylar Heinze, Anika Jackson, Hattie Kurk, Samantha Lynch, Honor Morgan, Sophia Soltwedel, Emma Staff, Abigail Stratman, Chloe Wedding, and Haley Young.


2017 Beaux Arts Ball

Brenna Phillips, the daughter of Scott and Cindy Phillips, won the crown after a year of work to support the Quincy Art Center.

"It feels good to have the hard work pay off. It's very rewarding," said Phillips, a senior at Quincy Notre Dame. "My niece is very into the arts right now. It's neat to fund a facility that helps her create things she loves to do, and it's very important to me to help keep those doors open." See full article

Special Maids First special maid was Emma Rose Schlepphorst, daughter of Dr. John and Tracy Schlepphorst. Second special maid was Molly Kathryn Kim, daughter of Suzan and the late Dr. Hoon Kim. Third special maid was Natalia Joy Fasano, daughter of Bryan and Debbie Fasano, and fourth special maid was Grace Suzanne Crickard, daughter of George and Maureen Crickard.Congratulations!

While the queen and the four special maids are determined by who sells the most tickets, volunteer efforts are also recognized. Sophia Marcolla, daughter of Richard and Lora Marcolla, 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 the 2017 Major Sponsors!

Major sponsors for the ball are Gardner Denver, Kohl Wholesale, Quincy Medical Group, Quincy Recycle, Refreshment Services Pepsi, and Sturhahn Jewelers, Wellman Florist, The Herald-Whig, and WGEM-TV.


2017 Beaux Arts Ball

Brenna Phillips daughter of Scott & Cindy Phillips, celebrates with her father after the coronation.
 

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 88 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 $100 per table. Reserved tables include a food tray. Open seating is available but tables must be reserved. Reserved tables do not include admission to the ball. Table reservations count towards Queen candidates overall fundraising totals. Please contact as Queen candidate to reserve a table!