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Art Contest

November 27, 2013
By: Brenda, Director of Education and Volunteers, Audubon Zoo
art contest

Audubon Nature Institute and the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts are looking for  high school seniors and juniors  to submit original artwork of “Louisiana’s Natural Beauty” for the 2014 Art Contest.  The George Rodrigue Foundation will award $45,000 in college scholarships and awards.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the young artists of our state. 

Louisiana is a beautiful state with mostly flatlands and the great Mississippi River running through it.  There are also lakes and slow moving bayous.  Majestic live oaks with hanging Spanish moss, flowering Magnolia trees and the haunting Cypress trees of the Louisiana swamps are all part of the beauty of this southern state.  All of these plants are part of Louisiana’s natural beauty.

The trees and flowering plants alone are an artist’s dream, but then add in the charismatic animals of Louisiana and there is plenty of subject matter for any artist.  There are red crawfish that taste good and have interesting body parts, the charismatic American alligator, the majestic Whooping Crane, the friendly little Diamondback terrapin, our state bird the Brown Pelican, the critically endangered Pine Snake and many, many more native animals.  Our state has countless budding John James Audubon’s (artist and naturalist) out there waiting to be discovered.  This is their chance.

Art teachers around the state are encouraged to submit their student’s work.  The school that submits the most entries will receive a year’s worth of art supplies through the George’s Art closet program. (Art supply kits are valued at $2000.00).

In addition to the scholarships, the winner of the 2014 Art Contest will have a poster created that will be available at all Audubon Nature Facilities with proceeds going back to support the program. Every entrant will receive a complimentary admission ticket to the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of Americas or Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. 

For more details on the 2014 Art Contest go to

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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