The deadline is Monday, Feb. 16, for entries in the sixth annual Art Contest sponsored by the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts in partnership with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

This year’s contest theme is “Louisiana’s Music.” Applications are being accepted at rodriguefoundation.org/artcontest. The contest is open to all Louisiana juniors and seniors attending public and private high schools, home-schooled students and GED students. Students are eligible, regardless of test scores, grade point averages or declared majors.

“My family and I are excited that we can continue this art contest that dad started,” said Jacques Rodrigue, executive director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. “We invite this year’s applicants to explore Louisiana’s rich musical heritage. The artistic approach can be historical, contemporary, or imaginary in its conception, with interpretations ranging from a traditional portrait of an important Louisiana musician to an abstract exploration of the sounds and inspirations that make our culture so unique.”

The foundation’s annual scholarship art contest offers one-time college scholarships and awards totaling over $45,000 to the top 10 senior and top five junior winners. The senior winner will receive a $6,000 college scholarship. Since 2009, the foundation has received 1,766 entries from across Louisiana, awarding 67 students a combined $178,500 in college scholarships.

The winning artist will have the opportunity to collaborate with the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts team to design a special poster to be sold at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s four free festivals in 2015: the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, and the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. Sales from these posters will benefit the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Heritage School of Music.

“We are very pleased to partner with the George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts in this important initiative to support arts education in Louisiana,” said Don Marshall, executive director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. “The statewide art contest is a great vehicle for promoting arts education while unleashing the creativity of Louisiana’s high school students.”

A blind, two-part judging process focuses on three categories: interpretation of theme, creativity and design. GRFA requires that submissions be between 11-by-14 inches and 18-by-24 inches. Acceptable mediums include oil or acrylic paint, charcoal, pencil or graphite, watercolor, photography, mixed media or digital media.

Framed canvases or three-dimensional work will not be accepted.

Winners will be announced at the sixth annual Art Contest Awards Luncheon presented by Cox on April 18 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans.

The 2015 Art Contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Education Loan Authority, Cox Communications, Jones Walker and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.