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The 2015 Art Contest deadline to enter has passed.

Thank you to all students who submitted their original artwork!



The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will provide $45,000 in college scholarships and awards to students whose artwork best represents Louisiana's unique musical style and heritage

in partnership with:


Louisiana has generated multiple seminal musical styles and contributed the development of many others, influencing popular music beyond its borders. New Orleans unique blend of cultures provided fertile ground for the creation of Jazz. The southwestern part of the state is home to Cajun music and Zydeco while northern Louisiana has played an important role in the histories of country music, rockabilly, and the blues.


The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation celebrates and preserves this rich musical legacy. In addition to Jazz Fest presented by Shell, the Foundation produces free festivals throughout the year reflecting different strands of our inter-twined culture.


We invite this year's applicants to explore Louisiana's rich musical heritage. The artistic approach can be historical, contemporary, or imaginary in its conception, with interpretations ranging from a traditional portrait of an important Louisiana musician to an abstract exploration of sounds.


The winning artist will have the opportunity to collaborate with the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts team to design a special poster to be sold at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's free festivals including the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, Congo Square Rhythms Festival, and Fiesta Latina. Sales from these posters will benefit the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.


The school that submits the most entries will receive a year's worth of art suppiies through our George's Art Closet program. Art supply kits are valued at $2,000 and they can give students the tools needed in order to have a first-class art education! Please encourage all of your students to enter.


All juniors and seniors in Louisiana are eligible for entry in the GRFA Art Contest. Seniors must be enrolled in college for the fall 2015 semester in order to receive scholarship funds. Juniors will receive a cash scholarship towards future college expenses.

No test score, grade point average or college major requirement is necessary for entry to the GRFA Art Contest.


The deadline for entries is February 16, 2015


Minimum - 11x14
Maximum - 18x24

Oil/Acrylic Paint, Charcoal, Pencil or Graphite, Watercolor, Photography, Mixed Media, or Digital Media (We regret that we are unable to accept any three-dimensional work at this time.)

On the back ONLY to prevent judge bias.

GRFA accepts unframed and un-matted works only.


Judging is a blind two-part process. The first round judges use an online judging system based on the submitted photo. Applicants are judged on a point system in three categories:

  • Interpretation of Theme
  • Creativity
  • Design


Saturday, April 18, 2015, 11:00 AM at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans.  Presented by COX.



Senior Category Scholarship Awards

1st Place
2nd Place $5,500
3rd Place
4th Place $4,500
5th Place $4,000
6th Place $3,500
7th Place $3,000
8th Place $2,500
9th Place $2,000
10th Place $1,500
Subtotal: $37,500

Junior Category Cash Awards

1st Place
2nd Place $1,000
3rd Place $750
4th Place $500
5th Place $250
Subtotal: $3,750

Art Supply Awards

15 winners receive gift cards valued at $250 each towards art supplies.

2013 Art Contest - 2nd Place Junior
Louisiana Juice

Kalli Padgett

St. Thomas More H.S.

Lafayette, LA