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George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts announces theme for statewide scholarship arts contest

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George Rodrigue pictured with one of his paintings from the Blue Dog series, featuring the Loup-garou monster / Courtesy: Ally Hodapp with Bond Moroch George Rodrigue pictured with one of his paintings from the Blue Dog series, featuring the Loup-garou monster / Courtesy: Ally Hodapp with Bond Moroch
NEW ORLEANS, La. -

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) announced a call for entries for the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts 9th Annual Art Contest. The 2018 GRFA Scholarship Art Contest, "Monsters, Myths, and Legends," has a special meaning to the Foundation. As a child, George Rodrigue's mother teased him that the Loup-garou, a Cajun werewolf, would eat him if he didn't behave. It was Rodrigue's artistic interpretation of the Loup-garou monster that launched the iconic Blue Dog series. 

Contest winners will be awarded $45,000 in college scholarships and their artwork will tour museums and cultural venues across the state, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans), the R.W. Norton Art Gallery (Shreveport), the Imperial Calcasieu Museum (Lake Charles), the Shaw Center for the Arts (Baton Rouge), the Alexandria Museum of Art, and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum (Lafayette). 

Artist George Rodrigue founded this annual statewide art contest in 2009. Since then, GRFA has received 4,200 entries from across Louisiana, awarding 140 students a combined $364,500 in college scholarships.

Entries are now being accepted at www.rodriguefoundation.org.

"We invite all Louisiana high school juniors and seniors to reimagine their favorite monster, myth, or legend and translate them to canvas. We look forward to all the creative submissions," said Jacques Rodrigue, Executive Director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

Winners will be announced at the 9th Annual Art Contest Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Guests include the fifteen finalists with their families and teachers, as well as members of George Rodrigue's family, including his wife Wendy and sons, André and Jacques. The 2018 Art Contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Education Loan Authority, Cox Communications, Sheraton Hotel New Orleans and Jones Walker Law Firm.

All high school juniors and seniors in Louisiana are eligible for entry in the GRFA Art Contest. Submissions must be received by January 19, 2018. No test score, grade point average, or college major requirement is necessary for entry. A blind, two-part judging process focuses on three categories: concept/design, technical skill and creativity. GRFA requires that submissions be between 11 x 14 and 18 x 24 inches. Acceptable mediums include oil or acrylic paint, charcoal, pencil or graphite, watercolor, mixed media or digital media. GRFA is unable to accept framed canvases or three-dimensional work. The first place senior winner receives a $6,000 college scholarship, and the top ten senior and top five junior winners receive a combined $45,000 in scholarship awards. 

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