The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) has announced a call for entries for the 2019 Art Contest. Open to all Louisiana high school juniors and seniors, the 2019 Art Contest theme is Cosmos. Applications are now open and available at and the deadline is January 18th..

A group of 15 finalists will be awarded on March 30, 2019 and share $45,000 in college scholarships. The 15 winning entries will then travel on public view for one year as an exhibition at museums and cultural venues across Louisiana. The Louisiana school with the largest number of entries will also win a $1,000 art kit for the school’s art program.

This year, GRFA invites applicants to explore the wonder, discovery and mystery of the cosmos through an original work of art.

Students can address the following questions below through their art or interpret the theme in their own unique way.

What is our place in the cosmos?

What have we discovered, and what else might be out there?

What stories did our ancestors create by interpreting the skies?

What do you see when you look up at the universe?

Individual artwork will be judged on the following three criteria:

Concept/Design: Does the artwork address the theme in a clear and inventive way?

Technical Skill: Does the artwork show an understanding of visual art principles such as use of color, shading, light, and form?  

Creativity: Does the artwork showcase an original point of view? Does it provide a fresh perspective on the theme?  

For more information on the GRFA 2019 Arts Contest, visit