JPPSS Students Sweep Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest

Three Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) students took top honors in the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) 2013 Scholarship Art Contest.

Trinity Hartman, Thomas Jefferson High School, won first place and a $6000 scholarship, James Dupont, Riverdale High School, won second place and a $5500 scholarship, and Alex Hope Rosenzweig, Riverdale High School, took third place and a $5000 scholarship.

One-third of the finalists in this year’s contest are JPPSS students. The theme of the contest was Louisiana’s Culinary Heritage.

First place winner Hartman says didn’t have to look far for inspiration.

“The idea was a novelty at first,” said Hartman. “I thought, wouldn’t it be funny if someone named Trinity did a piece about the trinity?”

Her piece, entitled “The Holy Trinity,” depicts the vegetables as people, and each look was selected by the shape of the vegetable. Hartman used a mixed medium of thin micron pens and embroidery.

From the fifteen finalists chosen from over 600 entries from across Louisiana, four are members of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Arts program at Riverdale High School, including the second and third place winners Dupont and Rosenzweig.

Rosenzweig has always been interested in art and enjoys working with acrylics. Her piece, titled “Clean Up at 3 a.m.,” is an abstract rendering of a server at Café du Monde.

Dupont began entering art contests in grade school. He enjoys working in several mediums. He used spray paint, hand cut stencils and acrylic paint for the piece he submitted titled “Food for Thought.”

“I like to take vintage imagery and put it into a modern way,” said Dupont. “For this piece, I used retro advertising and my favorite colors – red, blue and purple.”

Tye Anderson, a finalist from Riverdale, placed fifth in the Junior Division and won a $250 scholarship. He likes the freedom offered by the IB program at Riverdale High.

“I’m a junior and I just started in the program,” he said. “Creating my own portfolio is very important to me.”

Anderson titled his submission “Muddy Waters.” He used pen and ink to create the abstract and selected black and white because of its simplicity.

James Dupont’s sister, Hailey, is a junior at Riverdale and the third place Junior Division winner of a $750 scholarship. For her IB portfolio theme, she selected portraits titled “Jeune Fille de Fruits de Mer,” or Seafood Maiden. Dupont said she selected that theme because it incorporates both the food and culture of Louisiana as well as her love for portraits.

According to Kimberly Robinson, the Talent Art and IB Art teacher at Riverdale, students selected for the IB program must be independently minded, creative, original, and willing to do the hard work.

“I serve as a facilitator,” she said. “The students have the freedom to choose how they express themselves and they really seem to thrive.”