Le Grand Bal

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Lamar University invites Southeast Texans to the 42nd annual Le Grand Bal presented by Lamar University’s Friends of the Arts.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

6:30 to 8 PM

Reception • Silent Art Auction

7:30 PM to Midnight

Gourmet Dining • Cocktails • Dancing


Every year, Le Grand Bal committee members select an artist honoree as well as honorees recognized for their contributions to the arts.

This year’s contributing honoree is Albert Nolen, Beaumont Realtor, retired educator, newspaper columnist, and well-known supporter of the arts in Southeast Texas. Nolen worked for the Angie Nall Hospital, where he was part of pioneering efforts to teach students with learning disabilities. He also served three years as president of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas Board of Trustees

Keith Carter, whose haunting, enigmatic photographs have been shown in more than 100 solo exhibitions in 13 countries is a recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts. Thirteen books of his work have been published, and two documentary films created: “A Certain Alchemy,” by Anthropy Arts, and “Keith Carter: The Artist Series,” by Ted Forbes. The Los Angeles Times called him a “Poet of the Ordinary.”


Presented by Lamar University’s Friends of the Arts, Le Grand Bal is the major annual fundraiser for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.


About the Friends of the Arts

Established in 1973, the Friends of the Arts staged its first ball in 1975. Activities, décor and entertainment are designed to reflect the talents of LU art, theater, music and dance faculty and students. Since 1975, the event has raised more than $3- million dollars for the College of Fine Arts and Communication. These funds enable the Friends of the Arts to contribute to scholarships and educational enhancements such as master classes, visiting artists and trips to clinics and workshops that expand learning opportunities for students and add to faculty members’ academic credentials.

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