Abbreviated CV

GEORGE RODRIGUE

b. March 13, 1944, New Iberia, LA
d. Dec. 14, 2013, Houston, TX

 

EDUCATION

University of Southwest Louisiana (Now ULL), Lafayette, LA
Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA

 

SELECTED AWARDS, HONORS AND MEDIA

1971Art News
1974Honorable Mention, Le Salon des Artistes, Paris, France; Gold Medal from the Academy of Literature, Arts and Science of Rome; Art in America 1975 Boston Globe
1976 New York Times
1980Le Figaro article dubs Rodrigue “Louisiana’s Rousseau”
1987Southern Living Magazine
1988NBC Today Show feature; Los Angeles Times; Chicago Tribune; Beverly Hills Courier 1989 Paints three Cajun Easter Eggs for the White House Easter Egg Roll
1990National Geographic
1992NBC Nightly News feature; Rodrigue: A Man and His Dog, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg airs nationally on PBS, People Magazine; Wall Street Journal; USA Today
1994King of Washington D.C. Mardi Gras
2002Best Children’s Book, Child Magazine
2008Appointed Artist Laureate of the State of Louisiana; CBS Sunday Morning News feature 2009 Received Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA
2011Distinguished Eagle Award, Boy Scouts of America
2013Opus Award, Ogden Museum of Southern Art; New York Times obituary
2019Groundbreaking and dedication of the George Rodrigue Memorial Park, New Iberia, LA

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

1969Arts Center for Southwest Louisiana Museum; Lafayette, LA.
1970Old State Capitol Building, Louisiana State Art Commission; Baton Rouge, LA 1973 Munchick and Franks Fine Arts; London, England; U.S. and English Exhibitions, Plymouth, England
1974Le Salon des Artistes at Grand Palais; Paris, France
1975Arvest Gallery; Boston, MA
1976Grand Palais Exhibition; Paris, France
1980Galerie Antinea; Paris, France
1983Senate Rotunda Exhibition; Washington, D.C.
1984Figlio Foundry of Art; Pietrasanta, Italy; Mauna Lani Bay Exhibition; Hawaii
1985Paul Prudhomme’s Restaurant; New York, NY
1988Moscow Summit Exhibition; Moscow, USSR; Upstair’s Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA 1989 Rodrigue Gallery of New Orleans opens
1991Galerie Blue Dog opens in Carmel, CA; Rodrigue & Friends Exhibition; LSU; Baton Rouge, LA
1992New Orleans on the Bay Exhibition; San Jose, CA
1993The Blue Dog Gallery, Yokohama, Japan; Galerie Blue Dog, Munich, Germany
1996Blue Dog for President. Union Station, Washington, DC
2004George Rodrigue Retrospective Exhibition; Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL;
Retrospective at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
2007Blue Dog: The Art of George Rodrigue; Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN
2008Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Forty Years of Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina, New Orleans Museum of Art; George Rodrigue; The Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL
2009Blue Dog: The Process of Prints and George Rodrigue: Legends and Lives of Acadiana, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA; Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette LA
2010George Rodrigue: Images of Home, Paul and Lulu Hilliard Univ. Art Museum, Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA
2011Blue Dogs and Cajuns on the River, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
2012Blue Dogs in Texas, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX
2016The Art of George Rodrigue: A Retrospective, Longview Museum of Art, Longview, TX
2017Rodrigue Comes Home: Shiny Happy Blue Dog; Bayou Teche Museum, New Iberia, LA
2018Rodrigue’s Blue Dog: Discovering Late Works on Canvas and Metal, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS.; George Rodrigue: The Cajun Landscape, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1976George Rodrigue. The Cajuns of George Rodrigue. Published by Oxmoor House. 1979 Junior League of Lafayette, illustrations by George Rodrigue. Talk About Good II: A Toast to Cajun Food
1984Chris Segura, illustrations by George Rodrigue. Bayou. Published by Inkwell
1994George Rodrigue. Blue Dog, Published by Viking Press
1995Lawrence S. Freundlich. George Rodrigue: A Cajun Artist. Published by Viking Press 1999 George Rodrigue; forward by Tom Brokaw. Blue Dog Man. Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang
2002George Rodrigue. Why is Blue Dog Blue? Published by Harry N. Abrams
2003Ginger Danto, preface by Michael Lewis. The Art of George Rodrigue. Published by Harry N. Abrams
2008George Rodrigue. Blue Dog Speaks Published by Sterling. George Rodrigue Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1970-2007. Published by Harry N. Abrams

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
Smithsonian Institution; Washington, DC

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

1986Commissioned by The Republican Party, Portrait of President Ronald Reagan
1988Commissioned by The Republican Party to paint Vice-President George Bush and his grandchildren
1993Michel Roux commissions Absolut Rodrigue and Absolut Louisiana
1995Commissioned by New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to paint Louis Armstrong. 1996 Commissioned by Neiman Marcus to design catalogue cover for The Book (Butterflies are Free)
1997Commissioned by Democratic National Party to paint official Presidential Inaugural Portrait of Bill Clinton
1998Chicago Cow Parade; Neiman Marcus sponsors three fiberglass Rodrigue cows 2000 Commissioned by Young & Rubicam to create paintings for ads promoting Xerox Color Inkjet Printers