2019 Art Contest

What stories did our ancestors create by interpreting the skies?
What is our place in the cosmos?
What do you see when you look up at the universe?
What have we discovered, and what else might be out there?


Artwork Requirements

  • Minimum size of artwork is 11 x 14 inches.
  • Maximum size of artwork is 18 x 24 inches.
  • Mediums allowed: paint (oil, acrylic, watercolor), pastels, charcoal, graphite, pen, color pencil, collage, ink, mixed media, and digital media.
  • No frames on artwork.
  • No three-dimensional sculpture work or photography is accepted.
  • To prevent judge bias, artwork may not be signed on the front.




Since the beginning of time, humans have marveled at the heavenly wonders above us, with nearly every culture creating stories and theories to explain the cosmos. In modern times, we now have the technology to touch the stars and explore the vastness in ways our ancestors could only dream of.

For artist George Rodrigue, the cosmos was a constant source of inspiration. During his decades-long career, Rodrigue interpreted his fascination with the universe through the swirl (or spiral) symbol, which embodied the intangible concepts of hope, creativity, energy, and infinity.

This year the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts invites Louisiana high school juniors and seniors to explore the wonder, discovery, and mystery of the cosmos through an original work of art. We invite students to address any of the questions to the left through their art, or they can interpret the theme in their own unique way.

A group of 15 finalists will share $45,000 in college scholarships. Following the Scholarship Award Ceremony in the Spring of 2019, the 15 winning entries will travel on public view for one year as an exhibition at museums and cultural venues across Louisiana.




About the Art Contest

The Annual Scholarship Art Contest is a unique way for us to honor the legacy of George Rodrigue while celebrating the talent and creativity of Louisiana high school students. Since the first Art Contest in 2010, GRFA has awarded over $400,000 in college scholarships through this program, providing much-needed financial support for young people pursuing higher education.

This visual arts competition encourages individual participation in the arts and is open to all Louisiana high school juniors and seniors, regardless of grade point average or intended college major. Students from public, private, charter, and home schools are invited to enter.



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