Artists Models Ball at Savoy Ballroom souvenir book cover
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Souvenir book cover design attributed to William McBride Jr. In the 1940s, Artists and Models Ball dances were held at the Savoy Ballroom in Chicago to raise funds for the Southside Community Art Center, the oldest African American art center in the United States and Chicago Historic Landmark. The books contained information about the event programs, but also advertisements from southside Chicago local businesses.
The Vivian Harsh Research Collection at the Chicago Public Library has an incredible collection of Artists Models Ball programs, many with screenprinted covers. In 2022, scholars viewed many of these objects during a summer research institute supported by the Terra Foundation's “Chicago Designs: New Approaches for Teaching Politics, Commerce, and Culture.” The session was led by Chris Dingwall.
from Smithsonian blog post:
"Attributed to William McBride Jr., design for 7th annual Artists and Models Ball, South Side Community Art Center, 1944, in William McBride Jr. Papers, Vivian Harsh Research Collection, Chicago Public Library.