The George Rodrigue Life & Legacy Foundation inspires all ages with the life and art of George Rodrigue (1944-2013), expanding his vision by showing how one person can overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams, while also making a positive difference in the world —in this case, through the transformative potential of art. Projects include museum exhibitions, education initiatives, an ongoing public lecture series, and written and online publications.
Since founding the Life & Legacy Tour in 2017, Wendy Rodrigue has visited 69 schools and exposed, personally, Rodrigue’s life and art to more than 30,000 students and teachers throughout Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, her lectures at museums, universities, and community groups, remain standing room only, as she shares personal stories and original paintings from her late husband’s private collection.
“Your stories of George and his art and life resonated with each and every person in attendance. You managed to share so much in such a short time, and I know so many of us would have loved to learn more. Our students need to hear those stories of risk and perseverance!” – EH at CHS
“Their hands were raised the whole time as she spoke, eyes twinkling, as Wendy started with the tale of George’s origins in Louisiana, paving the way for his masterpieces.” –wearesandsprings.com
“This lady is passionate, beautiful, intelligent and has a love for her late husband, George Rodrigue that is something to be admired! Her speeches to the CHS students were captivating! What a gift to CHS!” – JM at CHS
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The George Rodrigue Life & Legacy Tour expands in 2019 to include Texas and California, as well as additional Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida education outreach and events.
Feb 7 and 8
Catholic High School, New Iberia, LA Photos Posted!
March 25 – 29
Kenner, LA. Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy Photos Posted!
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans Photos Posted!
Kenner, LA. Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy (Rivertown Campus) Photos Posted!
Ursuline Academy, New Orleans Photos Posted!
Guest Speaker, 95th Anniversary of the Fortnightly Literary Groups, New Iberia, LA Photos Posted!
Pontchartrain Elementary School, Mandeville, LA
Nicholson Elementary School, Picayune, MS
Loranger Elementary, Loranger, LA
May 30, 2019
Guest speaker for the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters & Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention. Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans. Learn More
Aug 1 – Sept 8
Napa, CA. George Rodrigue “Prints” Exhibition, Events, and Education Outreach in partnership with Amuse Bouche Winery
Sept 14, 2019 – Jan 11, 2020
Houston, TX. Rodrigue Retrospective Museum Exhibition, Events, and Education Outreach in partnership with the Glade Arts Foundation, The Woodlands, TX
Oct 23 – 27
Florida Panhandle. The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Festival of the Arts (Destin, FL), plus Rodrigue Life & Legacy Events and Education Outreach in Okaloosa, Walton, and Santa Rosa Counties
Most photos by Douglas Magnus
“Yesterday’s visit was amazing!!!!!!! Wendy truly knows how to keep her audience captivated. Her story telling skills are a gift and she knows how to use it!!! The kids were engaged the entire time and the teachers were beyond impressed. Several teachers and administrators shared with me after how much they enjoyed it. It was such a success!” – Michelle Williamson, Lusher Charter School
“There are just no words to describe the beautiful story of George Rodrigue and the story teller, Wendy Rodrigue Magnus. All 1,535 students enjoyed the presentation. Wendy your patience and enthusiasm are viral! Thank for from the bottom of our HEART!” -Patty Glaser, Head of School, Kenner Discovery
“It may have been storming outside, but Ms. Wendy Rodrigue brought the sunshine to our students on the Rivertown campus. The students and teachers learned about the life, legacy and art of the great George Rodrigue.” -Peter Barnitz, Resident Artist and Teacher, Kenner Discovery
All of the kids lit up when Wendy Rodrigue, wife of famous artist George Rodrigue, spoke to them about the art and where George got his inspiration from. – wearesandsprings.com
A wonderful afternoon spent listening to a heartfelt sharing of the life of a great artist, who was so loved and continues to inspire others through this legacy. Thanks Wendy, we so enjoyed your talk but mostly your passion and heart. -Marguerite K.E.
Within six months, she (Wendy Rodrigue) visited 25 schools and exposed Rodrigue’s art to thousands of students, parents and educators. -New Orleans Magazine People to Watch
I really enjoyed the lecture. It was a moving experience. -Patrick B.
Check out Wendy Rodrigue’s gallery talk at the Ohr on September 8th. Put it on your calendar now- she’s that good! 🙌🏼 -Lisa H., Ocean Springs, MS
Blue Dog artist still touching lives through George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts –The New Orleans Advocate
George Rodrigue’s Art Legacy Lives On In Louisiana Schools –KEDM Public Radio
See you on the road as we celebrate the Life and Art of George Rodrigue!