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THANK YOU TO OUR ARTISTS, MODELS, GUESTS AND VOLUNTEERS... 

WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU! 

 

PRESS Herald-Tribune, Wendy Dewhurst Clark Observer, Kayleigh Omang Observer article, Niki Kottman

the 2nd annual Beaux Arts Ball and the 11th iconcept unconventional fashion show wERE HOSTED at the
Art Ovation Hotel in downtown Sarasota
Friday, April 12, 2019

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The theme for 2019 was “Kaleidoscope”

The evening included a show of wearable art ensembles made by regional artists and designers. Guests created outfits to wear inspired by the theme, Kaleidoscope.

The evening was filled with fine dining, a silent art auction, a silent auction and dancing to great music by DJ Kelly Crawford!


SPONSORSHIP

Please consider a personal or corporate sponsorship to support the event as well as the artists, students and visitors to the Art Center who benefit from the exhibitions and educational programs available to the greater Sarasota community.

Contact Lisa@artsarasota.org for a sponsor packet and information or call 941.365.2032


ABOUT ART CENTER SARASOTA

Art Center Sarasota brings over 60,000 students and visitors to the area each year, playing an important role as the hub for social and creative interaction with those of similar interests in the visual arts.

Founded in 1926, Art Center Sarasota currently produces contemporary art exhibitions which are free to view. The exhibits feature our local, highly talented artists as well as guest artists from the US and around the world. Educational programs for adults and especially those for developing young minds are highly regarded and continuously evolving to meet the needs of our community.

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WHAT IS THE BEAUX ARTS BALL?

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 themes drew audiences up to 1,000 people who came in costume.

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.

 
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WHAT IS ICONCEPT?

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 show.

Each year since it’s inception, the audience is anxious to see what the designers have come up with this time. They cheer on the models whose personalities entertain the audience as they walk the stage.

This year, the guests will have more interaction with the artists and their models, enabling them to see the incredible, time consuming work that is done on each outfit.