Group Exhibition LA State Museum

Group Exhibition, Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge (history of Lafayette Mardi Gras- image). Develops a campaign for New Orleans levee protection, sending a print to every member of Congress:  To Stay Alive We Need Levee 5. Rodrigue presents a check for $100,000 (raised from print sales for Katrina relief) to the New Orleans Museum of Art at its grand re-opening March 3; the museum exhibits Rodrigue’s painting We Will Rise Again, which he donates to their permanent collection. Creates the official artwork and poster for the 20th anniversary of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans. Awarded the Southern Woman Magazine Spirit Award for contributions to the city of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. San Diego exhibition in Del Mar benefiting the Helen Woodward Animal Center Opens summer gallery exhibition in Aspen, Colorado. Group exhibition Got Cow: Cattle in American Art, 1820-2000, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY (image). Donates Cut Through the Red Tape image to the United Way for use in promoting their 2-1-1 dialing system, which seeks to eliminate the red tape of reaching human service agencies following disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Receives the Humanitarian Award from the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the Red Cross for money ($600,000, as of 10/14/06) donated from sales of We Will Rise Again. Rodrigue’s 10-foot steel and aluminum 3-sided sculpture (image) becomes a permanent part of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, joining Robert Indiana’s LOVE and Claes Oldenberg’s SAFETY PIN in the contemporary garden. Receives the Lifetime Achievement Arts Award from the State of Louisiana at the Governor’s Arts Awards in Baton Rouge. Joins with the New Orleans Saints to promote his print We Are Marching Again benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art