Tuesday, May 20, 2014 and through Monday, June 30, 2014
“The Blue Dog is such a beloved figure in our state and the Archives is grateful for the generosity of the George Rodrigue Foundation for bringing this exhibit back to Baton Rouge after first displaying it in the capital city in 2001,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “I am certain Blue Dog enthusiasts from across the state will be drawn to the Archives so they can intimately experience the unmistakable work of George Rodrigue for themselves and we welcome their visit.”
“My family and I are excited to have the opportunity to display Dad’s work in Baton Rouge again,” said Jacques Rodrigue, Executive Director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. “Exhibits like this help further the arts in education initiatives of our foundation and we hope students in the area are able to take advantage of the chance to see original Rodrigue work. It will likely be many years before the Baton Rouge area will have the chance to see a collection of paintings like this again.”
As part the outreach activities for the Blue Dog exhibit, Miss USA, Miss Louisiana and several of the 2014 Miss USA contestants joined Jacques Rodrigue and Secretary of State Tom Schedler on Thursday, May 29th in cooperation with Visit Baton Rouge (click images to enlarge).
For the event on the 29th, the Rodrigue Steinway Blue Dog Piano was also on display. The one-of-a-kind restored Steinway piano was used by Rodrigue as a canvas to generate interest for his George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.
The Louisiana State Archives is dedicated to identifying, collecting, preserving and maintaining records and artifacts that enhance our state’s remarkable history. It is located at 3851 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. The Archives is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.