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2014 Art Contest

 

FINALISTS NOW ONLINE HERE

 

 


 

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will provide $45,000 in college scholarships and awards to students whose artwork best represents Louisiana's natural beauty!

 
in partnership with:

  2014 THEME: LOUISIANA'S NATURAL BEAUTY

Louisiana's landscape is a natural wonder defined by waterways, animals and plant life. Throughout the state, oaks, cypress, magnolias and other varieties shade country roads, swampland and neighborhoods. Azaleas, irises, and water lilies add bursts of color in parks and alongside bayous, home to alligators, snakes, and hundreds of species of fish, frogs, mammals and insects.

Audubon Nature Institute celebrates all of these wonders of Louisiana's natural beauty. Named for the great wildlife artist and naturalist, John James Audubon (1785-1851), for nearly 100 years Audubon Nature Institute has been a leader for preservation in Louisiana through its Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and most recently, the Olmsted Renewed Campaign, which works to preserve live oak trees in Audubon Park.

In partnership with Audubon, GRFA invites this year's applicants to explore Louisiana's Natural Beauty.  The artistic approach can be historical, contemporary, or imaginary in its conception, with interpretations ranging from a traditional or abstract Louisiana landscape to an exploration of indigenous plant and animal life.

WINNER TO ILLUSTRATE A NEW POSTER SOLD AT AUDUBON PROPERTIES

Either the first place senior or the first place junior will have the opportunity to collaborate with the George Rodirgue Foundation of the Arts' design team to transform their artwork into a special poster to be sold at all Audubon Nature Institute properties. Sales from these posters will benefit the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and Audubon.

Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Wilderness Park, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation.  

SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR ART TEACHERS!

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.

ELIGIBILITY

All juniors and seniors in Louisiana are eligible for entry in the GRFA Art Contest. Seniors must be enrolled in college for the fall 2014 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.

SPECIAL GIFT FOR ALL ENTRANTS

Each student that enters the contest will receive a complimentary admission certificate that can be used at Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium or Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

DEADLINE

The deadline for entries has passed.  The 2014 Art Contest application is now CLOSED.

ART GUIDELINES

Size:
Minimum - 11x14
Maximum - 18x24

Medium:
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.)

Signature:
On the back ONLY to prevent judge bias.

Framing:
GRFA accepts unframed and un-matted works only.

SUGGESTIONS FOR STUDENTS

American Alligator: Art Contest Suggestion #1

Whooping Crane Part I: Art Contest Suggestion #2 

Louisiana Black Bear: Art Contest Suggestion #3 

Louisiana Live Oak: Art Contest Suggestion #4

Consider choosing one scene, image, plant, tree, or animal that best captures Louisiana's natural beauty 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!


JUDGING

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
The top finalists in each category will have their artwork ranked in person by the second round of judges.

AWARDS LUNCHEON PRESENTED BY CHEVRON

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.

SPONSORS


 
AWARDS

Senior Category Scholarship Awards

1st Place
$6,000
2nd Place $5,500
3rd Place
$5,000
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
$1,250
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.

Total of All Scholarships, Cash and Art Supply Awards: $45,000

 

PROCEED TO ART CONTEST TERMS AND CONDITIONS




The Other Side of the Painting by Wendy Rodrigue
An illuminating, lively memoir recounting a husband and wife's devotion to the arts.

Proceeds benefit George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Programs.