Louisiana’s Culinary Heritage
George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts 2013 Scholarship Art Contest
Exhibition Dates: September 6–October 19, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 6-8pm
The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) 2013 Scholarship Art Contest exhibition features 15 finalists chosen from over 600 entries and over 120 cities from across Louisiana. High school juniors and seniors were invited to create a work of art based on the theme “Louisiana’s Culinary Heritage,” representing our state’s unique culinary heritage while honoring its festivals, dishes and local ingredients. Louisiana is an international culinary melting pot. For centuries our food reflects a cultural history of adventurous cuisine. Statewide we boast excellent restaurants, festivals and food-focused events. Uniquely, Louisiana yields seafood, wild game and produce, providing home cooks and chefs with a wide variety of fresh local ingredients. These indigenous resources complement Louisiana’s cultural “gumbo” of French, Spanish, African, Italian and German flavors, influencing the food we “live to eat.”
Our beloved Creole and Cajun culinary traditions encourage a vibrant restaurant industry, impacting our state’s economy with jobs and tourism. GRFA’s 2013 Scholarship Art Contest commemorates these qualities. This year’s finalists showcase the best of Louisiana’s most popular asset, its cuisine, tempting GRFA’s guest judges with each artwork’s originality, theme and design.
College scholarships and art supplies were awarded to ten high school seniors and five juniors. In partnership with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation (LRAEF), winning entries will be used in a new Louisiana Cookbook. The Fall 2013 cookbook will showcase 100 recipes from Louisiana’s greatest chefs, with proceeds benefiting GRFA and LRAEF programs.
Museum Hours, Admission & Contact Information:
Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 2nd Street, Alexandria, LA 71301 / 318-443-3458
Museum Hours: Tue–Fri 10–5, Sat 10–4
FREE admission every 2nd Saturday! Regular Admission: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors/Students/Military, $2 Youth age 4-13, Free for Children 4 & under