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.
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:
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.
Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The following scholarships will be presented:
Each finalist will also receive a gift card valued at $250 towards art supplies.
2017 Art Contest Sponsors
"The GRFA has immensely impacted my art along with my life. People seem to react and appreciate my submission for the foundation. I have offers of people wanting prints of my artwork and, not to sound cheesy and cliche, but opportunity just keeps on knocking. I'm really really appreciative that my art teacher introduced this contest to me and that I decided to be bold by creating something beautiful for this foundation, and to be honored for my creativity! I can't thank to GRFA office and George and Wendy Rodrigue enough for this amazing opportunity that I will always remember and carry proudly with me throughout my creative career."
- Jacob Broussard