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Pelican Ball 2022

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Join us Saturday, December 3rd for our second annual Pelican Ball!
An elegant and creative evening of music, food, dancing, and artful surprises.

This year’s gala honors Mary B. Neiheisel and James Devin Moncus (posthumously) for their contributions and passion for art and culture in Acadiana. 

Black Tie Optional
Dancing Shoes Mandatory

Entertainment by
Jackson and the Janks

Champagne by
Stardust Acrobatics

Pelicans on Parade

3 newly designed Pelicans on Parade will be available during a live auction, as well as 6 small tabletop pelicans in a silent auction.

Thank you to our supporting sponsors

About The Pelican Ball

The Pelican Ball recognizes the people who have shaped the arts in Acadiana through their commitment and service. We honor both individuals who have contributed directly to the arts council’s work and individuals who have shaped the broader cultural life in Acadiana through their work.

We honor these individuals, and we celebrate our thriving culture in the best way we know how: with a night full of food, music, and artful surprises amidst the core ‘flock’ of Acadiana’s cultural community.

Why a Pelican?
In 2000, Acadiana Center for the Arts worked with artist David Fox and students at public elementary schools served by AcA’s arts education programs to design the first “Pelicans on Parade.” In 2021, AcA re-introduced the Pelicans on Parade as part of an annual fundraiser, the Pelican Ball, where new, unique pelicans are auctioned off as part of the benefit for arts education in Acadiana.

Download the original Pelican Field Guide from way back when! This document has images of all of the original Pelicans on Parade and lots of historic info on the project. 

Who Can Apply to Decorate a Pelican? 

Only artists living or working in the eight-parish Acadiana region are eligible, including Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Vermilion parishes. 

Two Kinds of Pelicans:

  1. Large Pelican: The classic “pelican on parade” stands approximately 4 foot high pelican and is constructed of fiberglass. Selected artists decorate the pelican with paint or any creative method and seal the final piece with a weather-resistant clear-coat. Two large pelicans will be commissioned from valid submissions.
  2. Small Pelican: A new, small pelican stands 12 inches tall and is bisque-fired slip cast ceramic. Selected artists decorate the pelican with paint and clear-coat OR glaze and fire the ceramic. Up to twelve small pelicans will be commissioned from valid submissions.

Selection Criteria: Proposed designs will be reviewed and selected by AcA based on (1) originality, (2) compliance with Design Criteria, (3) and local/regional cultural relevance. Artists will be notified if and when their designs are selected on September 1. 

How to Submit a Proposal: The submission deadline is August 29, 2022. Submissions will only be collected through the form on this page. 

Included with the submission:

If selected by September 1, 2022, artist takes possession of a pelican from AcA, decorates, and returns it in a completely finished state by no later than November 1, 2022.

Compensation: If selected for a Large Pelican the fee for this service is $500, and if selected for a Small Pelican, the fee for this service is $200. Payment is due from AcA on delivery of the finished piece. Artists whose designs are chosen will receive one complimentary ticket to the Pelican Ball on Thursday, December 1, 2022

Additional Pelicans: A Large blank pelican (the “ghost pelican”) will be available during the live auction. The winning bidder may select the design from among the additional submissions and may include some specific requests or revisions to an artist’s proposal. AcA will contract the selected artist for the ghost pelican for a fee of $750. If selected, artist agrees to take possession of a pelican from AcA, decorate, and return in a completely finished state by no later than March 1, 2022.


  • Work will be public and therefore must be appropriate to be viewed by all ages. 
  • Designs can be representational or abstract.  
  • Artwork must be original.
  • Use the template provided to propose a design concept. 
  • Designs may not include a breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands, or images of illegal activity.



All artists submitting for the Pelicans on Parade project agree to the following: 

  • The work submitted by the artist is original, solely owned by the artist and  reproduction will not violate the rights of any third party. Since the artistic designs leading up to and including the final design and dimension of the artwork are unique, the artist shall not make any additional, exact duplicate reproductions of  the final design and dimension, nor shall the artist grant to a third party, the right to replicate the artistic designs and dimensions of the artwork, without written permission of AcA.
  • The original design on the application should represent the final design on the pelican.
  • All artists grant AcA permission to use the artwork submitted in this proposal for marketing and publicity purposes.
  • Artists whose work is selected, grant AcA an irrevocable license to make reproductions of the artwork selected and the final designs to be used in brochures, media, publicity and catalogs, or other promotional items.
  • Artist will complete the pelican with any final finishing (glaze or clear coat) and deliver to AcA by November 1, 2022.
  • Artists whose proposals are selected will receive an artist fee, payable on delivery of the finalized product ($500 for the Large Pelican, $200 for the Small Pelican).

All submissions will be accepted online through this webpage.

For questions regarding the project and assistance with submissions contact AcA’s Visual Arts Director Jaik Faulk via email at <> or by phone at 337.233.7060 ext 233

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  • Type: Featured,Special Event
  • Time: December 3, 2022 - 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Venue:Acadiana Center for the Arts