2012 Art Contest Basic Information
Registration for the 2012 Art Contest has ended.
The results will be emailed to all applicants in the next several weeks. The award luncheon and ceremony will be held on February 4th in New Orleans.
Thank you for your participation!
The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will provide $45,000 in college scholarships and awards to students whose artwork best commemorates the rich culture and heritage of our great state!
THEME: Louisiana's Bicentennial
Two hundred years after becoming a state, Louisiana remains one of the most unique in the union. The state's rich heritage is evident throughout our history in politics, the culinary and visual arts, music, many festivals, traditions and more. As Louisiana commemorates this important bicentennial event, GRFA challenges high school juniors and seniors to create an artwork that honors Louisiana and captures those traits that set Louisiana apart.
Official Bicentennial Poster Artist
Throughout the 1980s, George Rodrigue created posters for dozens of festivals throughout the state. He credits these inexpensive lithographs, benefiting each community's festival, with making his art known to the people of Louisiana.
Either the first place senior or junior winner of the GRFA 2012 Scholarship Art Contest will be chosen in the second round of judging by the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission as the official artist for a Louisiana Bicentennial poster.
This artist will have the opportunity to work personally with George Rodrigue to transform their artwork into the Louisiana Bicentennial poster to be displayed and sold across the state during 2012.
SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR ART TEACHERS!
For the first time, the school that submits the most entries will recieve a year's worth of art suppies 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.
Online application and photo of art submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2012.
All juniors and seniors in Louisiana are eligible for entry in the GRFA Art Contest. Seniors must be enrolled in college for the fall 2012 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
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.
SUGGESTIONS FOR STUDENTS
Consider choosing one scene, image or person/people that best capture Louisiana to you.
If using a collage of different images, carefully plan your work so that it has a unified composition and clear message.
Do not include words in your artwork unless they are an integrated component of the overall composition. The words for the poster will be added in a border around your image if it is chosen as the winning entry.
Avoid clichés. Think creatively!
HOW TO REGISTER
Upload a photograph of your entry to our website no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2012. Please be sure that the image of your art entry is in JPEG or JPG format. If you submit any other format, it is possible that your entry will not be viewable to the judges. Judges will view your artwork exactly as you submit it, so please make sure your artwork is correctly oriented. We encourage you to register early.
Simple tips for photographing your artwork
Step 2: GRFA will notify the top ten senior finalists and top five junior finalists in mid-January. At that time, finalists should send or deliver their original unframed artwork to the GRFA office.
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
The top finalists in each category will have their artwork ranked in person by the second round of judges. These include representatives from the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission.
Saturday, February 4, 2012 in New Orleans, LA
Senior Category Scholarship Awards
| 1st Place ||$6,000|
| 3rd Place ||$5,000|
|9th Place||$2,000 |
|10th Place||$1,500 |
Junior Category Cash Awards
| 1st Place ||$1,250|
Art Supply Awards
15 winners receive gift cards valued at $250 each towards art supplies.
Total of All Scholarships, Cash and Art Supply Awards: $45,000
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