We are pleased to announce that our Commercial Art student, Justin Kimes (12th Grade – C.E. Byrd), is a finalist of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts 2017 Scholarship Art Contest!

16 finalists (10 seniors and 6 juniors) were selected by their first round judges from over 500 entries across the state. These high school juniors and seniors will share $46,000 in college scholarships. The Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Art Contest will work with the Rodrigue Foundation and the City of New Orleans to transform their design into the official New Orleans Tricentennial Poster, to be sold at 300th Anniversary events across the city. All finalists will also receive a $250 gift card towards art supplies!

The school that submits the most entries will receive a year’s worth of art supplies through George’s Art Closet program. Art supply kits are valued at $1,000, and they give students the tools needed to have a first-class art education!

The theme for the 2017 Art Contest, in partnership with the City of New Orleans, is “New Orleans Tricentennial.” As we approach 2018, we honor New Orleans’ history and place in the world while celebrating the on-going contributions made by generations of dedicated New Orleanians. This 300th anniversary not only marks New Orleans’ historical journey, but also sets the course for its continued future as an important American city.

We will keep you up-to-date on Justin’s journey as Saturday, March 25th approaches when they hold the awards luncheon at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.Justin Kimes Rodriquez

Here is Justin’s concept piece, called “Vintage Orleans”. Congratulations Justin!!!