The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will feature an exhibition of works by the top 20 finalists of Louisiana high school juniors and seniors who participated in the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Contest. The work will be on view from January 10 – February 17, 2013 with an opening reception being held on Thursday, January 10th.
“George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Louisiana artist George Rodrigue with the purpose of advocating the importance of the visual arts in the development of our youth. Research proves that personal growth benefits from creative expression and that artistic accomplishment provides students the confidence needed for success in school and all areas of life. GRFA advocates for an arts-integrated model for schools and has developed a series of educational art programs that are specially designed to enhance and expand art curriculums in Louisiana schools, despite continuing cutbacks.
GRFA launched an annual Scholarship Art Contest in October 2009 to encourage individual participation with the arts on the high school level. George Rodrigue presents a unique contest theme each fall and challenges any high school junior or senior in Louisiana to complete a two-dimensional artwork.
To date, GRFA Scholarship Art Contest has received over 1,000 entries from students in over 110 cities across Louisiana and provided over $125,000 in college scholarships. The top twenty finalists are chosen by a statewide panel of judges each year and exhibited across Louisiana following an award banquet in New Orleans.
In addition to the Scholarship Art Contest, GRFA also provides online classroom resources for educators, art supply grants for schools through the George’s Art Closet program, free professional development focused on arts integration, and summer art classes.
BICENTENNIAL THEME FOR 2012
High school juniors and seniors were asked to create a unique piece of work based on the theme “Louisiana’s Bicentennial.” The overall winner, Katie Atkins from St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette, was chosen by the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission to work with George Rodrigue and design the official Louisiana Bicentennial poster.”
- George Rodrigue Foundation