Le Grand Bal

Le Grand Bal 17

Saturday, March 25, 2017

6 to 8 PM

Dishman Art Museum

Reception • Silent Art Auction

(Transportation from Montagne Center provided)


7 PM to Midnight

Montagne Center

Gourmet Dining • Libations • Dancing


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.

The gala evening will feature a silent art auction and reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Dishman Art Museum, followed by a gourmet buffet, dancing and entertainment from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Montagne Center. Attendees are encouraged to dress in black and white attire; black tie is optional.


Every year the Le Grand Bal committee selects an honoree to recognize for their contributions to the arts. This year's event honors Melody and Pat Parsons. Melody and Pat have chaired and supported Le Grand Bal and the Friends of the Arts for many years, along with championing the arts throughout Southeast Texas. They have been generous donors to LU, and Pat has been recognized as one of Lamar University’s Distinguished Alumni. 

Guest Artist Honoree

Our artist honoree for the event is Lamar University alumnus and painter, Paul Manes. Paul is known for both figurative and abstract paintings, and his work has been exhibited internationally, most currently in as part of an epic show, Painting After Postmodernism, in Brussels which will next travel to Malaga, Spain. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Guggenheim Museum of Art, NY, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Tickets are $200 per person, with underwriting opportunities available at levels ranging from $900 to $10,000. Call (409) 880-8137 to reserve your tickets today or purchase them online.

Goals of Le Grand Bal

  • Raise needed funds for LU's creative art departments. These funds provide
    • opportunities for student travel and development
    • further community outreach
    • significant scholarships that allows the university to attract the best, brightest and most talented students
  • To present an event that brings the community and university together in order to enhance the promotion of the arts and augment the quality of life in the community.

Corporate support allows the evening to remain affordable to the community, enjoyable to all involved, and provides leadership for the community in the cultural arena.

  • Art Auction
  • Art Auction
  • Dancers at Montagne Center
  • Dancers at Montagne Center