Art Center Sarasota Announces The Beaux Arts Ball A Themed Costume Event Featuring the iconcept Runway Show

Friday, April 12, at Art Ovation Hotel

Get ready for an unconventional evening!

This fundraiser includes a silent auction, an art auction, and a contest for the attendees’ most creative outfits.


(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota presents the Beaux Arts Ball, featuring the iconcept runway show, Friday, April 12, 6:30 p.m., at the Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 North Palm Avenue in Sarasota. The evening, which is hosted by Joey Panek, senior producer of “Suncoast View” at WWSB ABC-7, features the iconcept “unconventional” runway show, and an audience contest for the most creative outfits reflecting the event’s theme, “Kaleidoscope.” Reserved seats for the ball, including the runway show, are $200, which includes a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, open bar, a silent auction, an auction featuring work by some of Sarasota’s best-known artists, and dancing. The cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. Funds raised through this event help Art Center Sarasota fulfill its mission to provide Sarasota with opportunities for creative expression and art appreciation through art education, exhibitions and cultural programs. Co-chairs of the event are Ronni Blumenthal and Pearse Kelly.  For information and reservations, call 941-365-2032 or visit For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Berger at

Artists in the 2019 iconcept runway show are: Barbara Anderson, Dana Barrett, Lisa Berger, Jan Colby, Eric Cross, Annemarie Furlong, Barbara Gerdeman, Elizabeth Goodwill, Jane Harris, Traci Kegerreis, Samantha Kelly, Allison Lehti, Brenna Maguinness, Marty Montague, Richard Monteleone, Vincent Morillo, Stephanie Peters, Heidi Powell, Marilyn Powell, Masha Roth, Andrea Silvergleit, Jim Stewart, Wendy Walker, Anita Wexler, and Colleen White.

History of the Beaux Arts Ball

The Beaux Art 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 to 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.

In 2018, Art Center Sarasota decided to bring back the Beaux Arts Ball as a way to celebrate artists and creativity along with the Iconcept runway show. The new Beaux Arts Ball, as in the original concept, invites guests to create their own costumes inspired by each annual theme. The guests participate in a “parade” where selected judges determine “winners” in several categories.

About iconcept

Now in its 11th year, iconcept has challenged area artists to create ensembles from unexpected, non-traditional materials that are not commonly associated with clothing design. The results have been nothing less than extraordinary—and the concept, according to Berger, fits perfectly with the spirit of the original Beaux Arts Ball.

“Both events are about pushing art to its extreme and exploring the possibilities of redefining how you present yourself to the world,” says Berger. “It also gives supporters an opportunity to express their creativity and support Art Center Sarasota while doing so.”

Art Center Sarasota, established in 1926, offers an extensive art education program for adults and youth, and 27 separate exhibitions annually in the four galleries showing contemporary work by local, national and international artists.  With no admission fees, viewers can see and purchase the work of hundreds of talented artists.


About Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.


Art Center Sarasota

707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-365-2032 § Fax: 941-366-0585


Gallery Hours:

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