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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

2013 Art Contest Launched


Louisiana high school students compete in an art contest for individual college scholarships and awards totaling $45,000

WHAT: The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) announce its Call for Entries and 4th Annual Art Contest in partnership with the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF).

The 2013 art contest theme is “Louisiana’s Culinary Heritage” and winning artwork will be used in a new cookbook published by GRFA and LRAEF. The annual GRFA scholarship art contest offers one-time college scholarships and awards totaling over $45,000 to the top ten (10) senior and top five (5) junior winners. The top winner will receive a $6,000 college scholarship. Since 2009, GRFA received 1,179 entries from 125 cities across Louisiana, awarding 52 students a combined $130,000 in college scholarships.

“Louisiana is an international culinary melting pot,” says George Rodrigue. “For centuries our food reflects a cultural history of adventurous cuisine. 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.’ Our beloved Creole and Cajun culinary traditions encourage a vibrant restaurant industry, impacting our state’s economy with jobs and tourism. We invite Louisiana’s high school juniors and seniors to create a work of art representing our state’s unique culinary heritage while honoring its festivals, dishes and local ingredients.“

A blind, two-part judging process focuses on three categories: interpretation of theme, creativity and design. 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, photography, mixed media or digital media. All Louisiana high school juniors and seniors are eligible, regardless of test scores, grade point averages or declared majors. GRFA regrets that we are unable to accept framed canvases or three-dimensional work.

WHEN: Taking applications now at www.rodriguefoundation.org/artcontest. Deadline February 20, 2013

WHO: All Louisiana juniors and seniors attending public and private high schools, home schooled students and GED students.

WHY: A Fall 2013 cookbook showcases winning artwork, including 100 recipes from Louisiana’s greatest chefs, with proceeds benefitting GRFA and LRAEF programs.

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization advocating the importance of the arts in the development of our youth through a variety of art educational programs. www.georgerodriguefoundation.org

Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting the restaurant industry as a career choice to a current and future workforce. LRAEF offers scholarships and professional development while supporting state-approved foodservice programs. www.lra.org

For additional information, contact Emily Reimsnyder at emily@bondpublicrelations.com 

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