Wendy Rodrigue graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with degrees in Art History and English, followed by graduate studies at Tulane University in New Orleans and one year at the American University in Vienna, Austria. In 1991, Wendy joined the staff of the Rodrigue Gallery in New Orleans and moved later that year to Carmel, California, where she managed George Rodrigue’s gallery for six years. She married George Rodrigue in 1997. Today, as in the past 25 years, Wendy continues to have an integral role in gallery operations and management of Rodrigue Studios. Her book, The Other Side of the Painting (UL Press), was published in 2013.
An award-winning public speaker, author, and art historian, Wendy Rodrigue’s life’s work, since 1991, has been to share George Rodrigue’s life and art in as quality and broad a manner as possible. George and Wendy partnered on the development of all aspects of his career and life, including his galleries, museum exhibitions, a dozen books published both nationally and internationally on his art, and extensive education outreach.
Wendy traveled the world with her husband sharing his art within museums and other venues. The couple’s legendary book tours included up to 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada per tour, with art demonstrations, lectures, and education outreach, as well as extensive national and international press. This is where Wendy honed her public speaking abilities, including in 1999 before more than 1,000 Rodrigue fans at Borders Books on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, which became the first-ever event by anyone to be webcast by C-Span. From there, she presented hundreds of lectures, both solo and alongside her husband, at venues throughout the United States and Europe, including the Amerika Haus Museums in Munich and Frankfurt, the Clinton Library in Little Rock, the Phoenix Art Museum, Auburn University, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and as keynote speaker for the National Arts Educators Association’s annual convention.
In 2017 Wendy established The George Rodrigue Life & Legacy Foundation, expanding his vision further through exhibitions of original artwork from George’s archives, as well as vignettes, quotes, background, and memorabilia. Projects include museum exhibitions, education initiatives, an ongoing public lecture series, and written and online publications. Since 2017, Wendy Rodrigue has visited over 70 schools and exposed, personally, her late husband’s life and art to more than 30,000 students and teachers throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Florida. In addition, recent lectures for museums such as the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi and the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, as well as numerous universities and community groups, remain standing room only as she shares personal stories and original paintings from her late husband’s private collection.
Today, when she is not on the road for Life & Legacy, Wendy lives between New Orleans and Santa Fe, NM, with her current husband, Douglas Magnus, also an accomplished artist, and George Rodrigue’s longtime friend.
Learn more about Wendy Rodrigue at Musings of an Artist’s Wife.