Black & White Party to shine at Museum of Art

Partiers at the 2016 Springfield Museum of Art’s Black & White Party. CONTRIBUTED
Partiers at the 2016 Springfield Museum of Art’s Black & White Party. CONTRIBUTED

What’s black and white and fun all over? The Springfield Museum of Art’s fourth annual Black & White Party.

Started in 2014 to tie into the then current exhibit on the black and white photography of Ansel Adams, the party has proven overwhelmingly popular and is now one of the most anticipated events of the museum’s year.

Pull on your black and white, tuxedo optional, and be at the museum at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Attendees will enjoy tunes by DJ Chill along with dancing, sweet and savory desserts from area restaurants, caterers and home cooks as well as selections of wines from Vanguard Wines and beer from Mother Stewart’s Brewery.

Committee chairwoman Missy Hallmark and museum Executive Director Ann Fortescue anticipate around 200 attendees from the area. It’s also a chance to see the museum’s newest high-profile gallery attraction.

“This year’s Black & White Party is an opportunity to celebrate the exhibition ‘Industrial Nature,’ and there are several black and white themed works in it,” said Fortescue. “This annual event continues to draw new and returning guests who enjoy a casual mid-winter dance party at the museum. The black and white theme provides a context for party-goers to dress in an array of black and white attire from fancy to frumpy, dressy to dowdy, stylish to shabby, or couture to casual.”

Admission will also include access to other current exhibits including “Story Retold: Prints by Annie Lee-Zimerle,” “Dayton-Kyoto Print Exchange” and other permanent collection works.

Organizers have recruited 17 area businesses as event sponsors.

The event is a fundraiser with proceeds going to the Springfield Museum of Art to support future educational programs and exhibits.

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How to go

What: Black & White Party

Where: Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield

When: 8-11 p.m. Saturday, March 4

Admission: $40 nonmembers; $30 museum members

More info: 937-325-4673 or

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