George  Rodrigue
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, 747 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 or online at www.rodriguefoundation.org.

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“Chief of Many Rainbows: May the long time sun shine upon you, with all love surround you, with the pure light within you, guide you on your way. ...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Judy deGruy Kuhlmann - LA

“Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. George will always be remembered for his joy of life which we will always havewith us in our...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: James Ryan LeBlanc - Scott, LA

“Wendy, Andre & Pierre...my thoughts and prayers are with you today. George was a fine and generous man. He will be missed. Many fond memories of...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: francine schuler garzotto - LA

“I had not seen George in many years, but he was in my memories of Lafayette. He was one of a kind and he will be missed. Condolance. Jack Frost ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Jack Frost - Lincoln, NE - friend

“Wendy, Jacques & Andre; Sending peace and love to comfort you. God Bless. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Annette Rodrigue Corkern - Pride, LA

“My prayers are with the family at this time. I have many fond memories from George's very first gallery on Pinhook in the early 70's, to our trip to...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Bobbie Shaner Jones - Fort Worth, TX

“Art and I were so sorry to hear about George's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Rose and Art Richard - Commerce, GA

“Wendy, thinking of you and so saddened for your loss. You and George were a great team and thank you for the times we spent with you both with your...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Darlene Woodford - Baton Rouge, LA

“He was a great artist. Prayers are with the Family at this time. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Dorothy Delaune - Covington, LA


George Rodrigue, 69, of New Orleans, Louisiana, passed away on December 14, 2013 at Houston Methodist Hospital after a long battle with cancer. George is survived by his wife, Wendy Rodrigue, and his two sons, Jacques Rodrigue of New Orleans and André Rodrigue of Lafayette. George is preceded in death by his parents, George Rodrigue and Marie Rodrigue. Born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana on March 13, 1944, George Rodrigue was a gifted artist who set out to paint Louisiana, as he knew it, by visually interpreting the landscape and the rich history of the Cajun people. Later in his career, his Blue Dog paintings captured hearts and minds around the world and catapulted him to worldwide fame in the early 1990s. Rodrigue, who began painting in the third grade while bedridden with polio, had already won local acclaim for his rich portrayals of the landscape and people of South Louisiana when Blue Dog transformed the image of the original Cajun werewolf dog - the loup-garou - into an international pop icon. His art studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette followed by the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California gave him a foundation that spawned one of the greatest success stories in southern art. Rodrigue is the subject of twelve books, published nationally and internationally, on his art, as well as numerous museum exhibitions, including forty-year career retrospectives at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Museum in Memphis, Tennessee (2007) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (2008), both of which broke museum records at those locations for living artists or contemporary shows. Rodrigue was also commissioned to paint three U.S. Presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, and Bill Clinton. He was not only a painter, but also a true community leader in his native Louisiana and second home of Carmel, California. George remained an advocate of the arts and arts-education throughout his life and dedicated himself to inspiring the next generation of artists and educators through his foundation, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA), which is led by his son Jacques. In 2005, Rodrigue founded Blue Dog Relief, which raised $2.5 million benefiting post-Katrina New Orleans through sales of his Blue Dog relief prints. In an effort to continue to help those in need, Rodrigue formed the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) in 2009 with the mission of improving education by advocating for the use of the arts in our schools. In early 2013 he held his fourth annual statewide art contest for high school juniors and seniors, a contest that attracted 1,500 applicants since 2010 and granted over $150,000 in scholarships for Louisiana high school juniors and seniors. To date, GRFA has donated more than $300,000 to benefit Louisiana's students. Within the past year, Rodrigue founded Louisiana A+ Schools, a program of GRFA, which uses a unique arts-integration model to help students and teachers achieve high academic results by incorporating art into all subjects. In the first year of it's founding, GRFA adopted seven schools which will help nearly 3,000 students. Rodrigue has received numerous awards and recognitions for his artistic contributions and philanthropy. Some of these accolades include, the 2013 Opus Award by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Artist Laureate for the State of Louisiana, and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America. A public mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at St. Louis Cathedral. The Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory Michael Aymond will be officiating. Visitation will immediately follow the mass and conclude at 2:30 PM. Burial will take place the following day, Friday, December 20, 2013 at Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia, Louisiana during a graveside service at 1:00 PM. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, 747 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 or online at www.rodriguefoundation.org.