Freshmen to partake in Beaux Arts Ball


Friday, Oct 27, 2017


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


University Gallery (Booth Hall)


Left photo by Catherine Rafferty: Heather Williams in the 18th-century French court gown she made for last year's Beaux Arts Ball.

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at RIT first-year students are ready to have a ball, and showcase their talents in the process. 

Around 300 freshmen in CIAS Foundations courses (Drawing, 2D, 3D and 4D) will design their own attire for their attendance at a recently revived social event. The Beaux Arts Ball, held in 2016 for the first time in over a decade, returns later this month.

Foundations students have been challenged by faculty to create an original outfit made completely out of paper and paper-based planar materials to wear to the ball. Inspiration for the designs is drawn from a suggested list of historical periods of art and cultures, said Graham Carson, CIAS Foundations/first year coordinator and industrial design lecturer.

The 2017 Beaux Arts Ball is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in University Gallery.

The purpose of the gathering is to buoy the community aspect among freshmen across CIAS. It’s also an opportunity for students to display their art and design capabilities and apply some of their Foundations learnings.

After the ball, an exhibition of selected designs from the event and other Foundations projects will be on on view in Bevier Gallery from Nov. 17 to Jan. 6.

Photo by Catherine Rafferty: Students at the 2016 Beaux Arts Ball.