Rodrigue will become only the sixth person in the New Orleans area to receive a National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. The Southeast Louisiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America is announcing the award at 10 a.m. Tuesday (April 12) at Rodrigue’s Blue Dog sculpture on the neutral ground of Veterans Memorial Boulevard between Causeway Boulevard and Severn Avenue in Metairie.
The 67-year-old Rodrigue will be presented the award on May 12 at a special dinner expected to draw a large crowd of the artists’ fans both inside and outside of scouting. The award, bestowed on only 12 men in the country each year, is the National Eagle Scout Association’s highest honor and recognizes leadership in volunteering as well as career success. Individuals are eligible for the award 25 years after earning Eagle Scout.
Rodrigue, a native of New Iberia, started his art career painting stylized scenes of Cajun people, their lifestyle and their folklore, as well as giving oak trees a respected place on a multitude of canvases. He’s become known internationally, however, for his paintings incorporating his Blue Dog (originally representing the folk story of the loup-garou) into a wide variety of settings ranging from Cajun country to the beach. In 2009, he established the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, which supports art education programs and advocates visual arts as an important aspect of youth development.