Le Grand Bal 2022

LU in the Sky with Diamonds

Lamar University Friends of the Arts
LU in the Sky with Diamonds
March 26, 2022

A psychedelic celebration of the Beatles supporting LU fine arts programs
in honor of 
Patti and Floyd McSpadden
Artist Betsy Burleson Hines

Dress Attire: Classic Beatles or Psychedelic Chic


Our annual Le Grand Bal fundraiser provides students of the College of Fine Arts and Communication with much-needed funds for scholarships, conferences, teaching tools, competitions, master classes, work-study and recruitment efforts



Take part in the Art Gallery Auction
from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m
Preview art at the Dishman Museum
March 21-25



Enjoy dinner and dancing in the Setzer Student Center from 7:00 p.m. - Midnight.  Be sure to wear your psychedelic chic or classic Beatles attire!


Le Grand Bal Honorees

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

Sandra Clark

Floyd and Patti McSpadden

Floyd and Patti have been long-time members of the Friends of the Arts board, past chairs of Le Grand Bal, contributors to Pairings and La Dolce Vita, founding members of Lamarissimo! and supporters of LU-llaby on Broadway.  Floyd was Director of Planned Giving at Lamar until 2019 and a past president of the LU Foundation.  He and Patti have made invaluable contributions to the arts at Lamar and throughout Southeast Texas. 

Betsy Burleson Hines

Betsy Burleson Hines

Our artist honoree for the event is Dr. Betsy Burleson Hines. Betsy is a beloved musician in Southeast Texas who taught piano at the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar for 28 years. She performed with the Symphony of Southeast Texas for 40 years and has showcased her skills on the piano at numerous events throughout the community.

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.