2022 Visual Art & Songwriting Contest Theme: Louisiana’s Culinary Heritage
Louisiana is an international culinary melting pot. For centuries our food reflects a cultural history of adventurous cuisine. Statewide we boast excellent restaurants, festivals and food-focused events. Uniquely, Louisiana yields seafood, wild game and produce, providing home cooks and chefs with a wide variety of fresh local ingredients. These indigenous resources complement Louisiana’s cultural “gumbo” of French, Spanish, African, Italian and German flavors, influencing the food we “live to eat.” This year, Louisiana high school juniors and seniors are invited to create a work of art or song based on the theme “Louisiana’s Culinary Heritage,” representing our state’s unique culinary heritage while honoring its festivals, dishes and local ingredients.
For artist George Rodrigue the culinary heritage of Louisiana was a recurring theme throughout his career. He painted portraits of Chefs, both well-known and obscure, as well as documented unique Cajun culinary traditions such as the Aioli Dinner (1971) and The Great Cajun Omelet (1984). He also owned several beloved restaurants throughout his life, and produced several successful cookbooks including The Pot and the Palette Cookbook. The Pot and the Palette Cookbook is an award-winning cookbook, and was first published in 2013, featuring art from our 2013 Annual Scholarship Art Contest.
Aioli Dinner, 1971
The Great Cajun Omelet, 1984
This year, in addition to the chance to win college scholarships, students also have the chance to have their artwork and/or song lyrics featured in our new cookbook The Pot and the Palette Cookbook II. The Pot and the Palette Cookbook II will feature recipes from Louisiana chefs, musicians, and local celebrities alongside illustrations from Louisiana high school juniors and seniors. The Pot and the Palette Cookbook II will debut in Fall 2022.
*Image is a sample cover for The Pot and the Palette Cookbook II. Actual cover image is subject to change.
GRFA is proud to announce the Louisiana Office of Tourism and the Office of Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser as major sponsors of The Pot and the Palette Cookbook II.
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 $555,000 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. In 2020, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, in partnership with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, expanded its Annual Scholarship Art Contest to include a Scholarship Songwriting Contest, providing a platform for both visual artists and songwriters across Louisiana to showcase their work.
Take Five, George Rodrigue (2014)
About the Trombone Shorty Foundation
The Trombone Shorty Foundation’s mission is to inspire the next generation of musically talented opportunity youth through music education, instruction, mentorship, and performance. By honoring the New Orleans tradition of “playing it forward” from the earliest jazz legends onward, the foundation seeks to preserve and perpetuate the musical heritage of a city where music is everything. Experienced and professional teachers, tutors, and mentors support every student in the pursuit of a well-rounded understanding of New Orleans’ musical traditions, experience in music performance, reading, writing, and now, even business, and the social and academic skills they need to make noise wherever they go – in music and in life.