Two student artists from Riverdale High School in Jefferson Parish took first place in the senior and junior divisions of the sixth annual art contest presented by the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. This year’s theme was “Louisiana’s Musical Heritage.”
In partnership with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the foundation selected the top 15 art submissions from more than 650 submissions from Louisiana high school juniors and seniors who will share $45,000 in college scholarships.
Five finalists were from the New Orleans area: Sterling Anderson, Skyla Blady, Alexis Interiano and Queen Johnson, of Riverdale High School in Jefferson Parish; and Kristen Calfee, of Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna.
Anderson won first place, Calfee took third place and Interiano was ninth in the senior competition. Blady won first and Johnson took fourth in the junior competition.
As the top senior winner, Anderson will have the opportunity to design a special poster to be sold at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s four free festivals.
The winners were announced at an awards luncheon presented by Cox at the Sheraton. Wendy Rodrigue, wife of the late artist George Rodrigue, was the keynote speaker. Jacques Rodrigue, George’s son and executive director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, also made remarks. Steve Sawyer, vice president of public & governmental affairs at Cox, emceed the ceremony.
Since 2009, the contest has received more than 3,100 entries from across Louisiana, awarding 103 students a combined $274,500 in college scholarships. For information, visit www.georgerodrigue foundation.org.