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 Thank you to everyone who entered the 2017 Scholarship Art Contest. We look forward to announcing the 15 finalists on February 11, 2017.






The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will provide $45,000 in college scholarships and awards to students whose artwork best represent New Orleans Tricentennial.



2017 THEME:

New Orleans Tricentennial


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The theme for the 2017 Art Contest, in partnership with the City of New Orleans, is "New Orleans Tricentennial."  As we approach 2018, we honor New Orleans' history and place in the world while celebrating the on-going contributions made by generations of dedicated New Orleanians.  This 300th anniversary not only marks New Orleans' historical journey, but also sets the course for its continued future as an important American city.

We invite all Louisiana high school juniors and seniors to explore the richness of New Orleans' 300-year history by submitting an original two-dimensional work of art. 


Grand Prize Winner

The Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Art Contest will work with the Rodrigue Foundation and the City of New Orleans to transform their design into the official New Orleans Tricentennial Poster, to be sold at 300th Anniversary events across the city.



All juniors and seniors in Louisiana are eligible for entry in the GRFA Art Contest. Seniors must be enrolled in college for the fall 2017 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.



Judging is a blind two-part process. The first round judges use an online judging system based on the submitted photo. The pieces of the 15 selected finalists are judged in person at the George Rodirgue Foundation of the Arts. On average, we receive 700 entries annually. These key elements help individual artworks stand out:

  • Concept/Design:  Does the artwork address the theme in a clear and inventive way? Does it tell an engaging story?
  • Technical Skill:  Does the artwork show an understanding of visual art principles such as use of color, shading, light, and form?
  • Creativity:  Does the artwork showcase an original point of view?  Does it provide a fresh perspective on the theme?


 Art Guidlines


Size minimum:  11 x 14 inches, Size maximum:  18 x 24 inches

Medium: oil/acrylic paint, charcoal, pencil, pen, graphite, marker, 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.


Attention Art Teachers

The school that submits the most entries will receive a year's worth of art supplies through our George's Art Closet program. Art supply kits are valued at $1,000, and they give students the tools needed to have a first-class art education! Please encourage all of your students to enter.


Awards Luncheon

Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The following scholarships will be presented:

 Seniors Juniors

1st Place - $6,000

1st Place - $1,250
2nd Place - $5,500
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $5,000
3rd Place - $750
4th Place - $4,500
4th Place - $500
5th Place - $4,000
5th Place - $250
6th Place - $3,500

7th Place - $3,000

8th Place - $2,500

9th Place - $2,000

10th Place - $1,500


Each finalist will also receive a gift card valued at $250 towards art supplies.



2017 Art Contest Sponsors





2013 Art Contest - 2nd Place Junior
Louisiana Juice

Kalli Padgett

St. Thomas More H.S.

Lafayette, LA