George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts launches Digital Art Contest and Scholarship

This evening the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) will kick off an inaugural Digital Art Contest with a reception in New Orleans. The Louisiana Technology Council and the Louisiana Digital Gaming Initiative (LDGI) are partners in the endeavor.

The contest encourages high school students to submit a fully rendered 3D model honoring Louisiana’s bicentennial. All Louisiana high school students are eligible to participate and the top five students selected will receive scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

“Today’s art students embrace technology as an artistic tool and pursue careers accordingly,” says Rodrigue. “3D models in movies such as ‘Toy Story’ and video games such as ‘World of Warcraft’ reach millions of people and affect our world. I challenge educators and business leaders to join GRFA in embracing the digital arts as a viable industry for Louisiana and an important addition to our state’s educational programming.”

Now in its third year, GRFA’s traditional art contest received over 1,000 entries from 125 cities across Louisiana, awarding 40 students a combined $120,000 in college scholarships.

More information about the Digital Art Contest can be found on the GRFA website by clicking here.

Spots remain open for individuals interested in attending the launch event this evening. The event is business casual and includes complimentary refreshments. To attend, RSVP by e-mail to

Digital Art Contest Launch Event

WHEN: Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: The George Rodrigue Foundation Education Center, 747 Magazine Street, New Orleans
WHO: George Rodrigue, Mark Lewis (President, Louisiana Technology Council), Don Pierson (Ass. Sec. Louisiana Economic Development)
WHY: The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, the Louisiana Technology Council and the Louisiana Digital Gaming Initiative encourage art and technology in Louisiana schools, prompting greater student interest in the digital industries.