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M.S. Rau’s Rau for Art: Lighting the next generation of talent

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA– M.S. Rau on Royal Street, in the French Quarter is known all over the galaxy as a premier place to purchase artifacts and fine art. They are well-versed in art history, but they also know art future. Once a year, through their foundation, Rau for Art, they hold a competition to pick three high school student-artists and fuel their education with scholarship money. Zoe Johnson is the Scholarship Foundation Chair and Rebecca Rau is the Executive Director of Rau for art.

Usually, there is a grand luncheon to pay homage to the victors, but with this year’s coronavirus pandemic, and the necessity of social distancing, the committee had to think outside of the box. They had a genius idea to surprise the winners by showing up and putting large checks in their front lawns!

For nine years, they have chosen students who enter the contest, from the greater New Orleans area. The judges pick winners based on the submitted artwork of students and look at skill, originality and the interpretation of the yearly theme. This year the theme is “there’s no place like earth.”

Source: Fox 2 Now

WGNO – Rau for Art Competition: The Next Generation of Artists

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA– M.S. Rau Antiques houses some of the most luxurious and breathtaking art for sale in the world.  On any given visit to their gallery, you might see a Monet, Picasso, or Rembrandt.  However, they are not solely in the business just to appreciate the art of the classical artists now in the grave.  M.S. Rau opened their doors in 1912 and on their centennial anniversary, they decided to start Rau for Art; a competition between local high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

This year is their eighth year and over 150 students entered the contest.  The art of the ten finalists hangs at M.S. Rau.  On April 6th, three winners will be announced.  Third place gets 15 hundred dollars and second place wins three thousand dollars.   The lucky student that wins first place, wins a 7,500 dollar scholarship, or the option to apply that money for a two weeks study abroad experience in Italy.

There will be a grand luncheon at the M.S. Rau Antiques gallery on April 6th, where the three winners will be announced.  If you hurry you can put on your french bourree hat, and head over there to see the art for yourself.  You can also check it out here.  This year’s theme was: Create to Motivate.   The students were instructed to create art with the message of creating a better world.

One of the young artists, Helen Hoang, painted a well-known print of Louis Armstrong and titled it, “What a Wonderful World.”  Hoang says art will always be a part of her, even when she graduates and starts her collegiate matriculation as a bio/pre-med student.  She says, Louis Armstrong will be a great asset on her playlist, whenever she needs a positive feeling, saying, “the vibe that he sends… His music alone when you listen to it, it gives everyone a positive feeling in their heart.  Do you feel the colors?”

Zoe Johnson is Senior Sales Coordinator and the Scholarship Chair for the Rau for Art Foundation.  Johnson says she can feel the excitement of the kids when they walk through the gallery, saying, “it must be an incredible experience. I know the first time I walked in here, I was jaw-dropped and I studied art.”

Skylar Olano is a student that entered her, “Doubt Kills More Dreams than Failure Ever Will” painting.  The painting is textured and has a Disney princess superimposed with a directional signpost.  She says, “When you are a little girl, you always dream of being a princess. My dream now is to travel the world, so I wanted to incorporate both of them, so I did the silhouette of Cinderella.”

Olano found out her painting was sold, a few minutes before our interview and was pretty excited at her first art sale.  saying that perhaps it’s the start of something new and maybe she can sell more!

All in all, art is a beautiful thing, especially when it changes lives.

Source: WGNO

Six JP Schools Students Named Finalists for Rau for Art Scholarship

The Rau for Art Foundation recently announced the finalists for its annual scholarship competition, and JP Schools is well represented.

Of this year’s 10 Rau for Art Scholarship Competition Finalists, six are from JP Schools. Four students from Riverdale High and two from Fisher Middle-High have been named finalists in this annual event that’s open to high school students across the region. Each JP School’s student’s name, school, and award-winning artwork is featured in the images on this page. The works from these finalists can also be seen at the Rau for Art Exhibition in the Royal Gallery at M.S. Rau Antiques.

The theme for the contest was “Create to Motivate”, and required artwork entries to include text. 1st prize will be a $7,500 scholarship or a trip to Italy. The second place winner gets a $3,000 scholarship and the third place winner gets a $1,500 scholarship. Additional funds are also awarded to go towards the school’s art department. Winners will be announced on April 6th, 2019.

Rau for Art was founded by M.S. Rau Antiques to give back to the community. The foundation provides scholarship money to students in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, and St. Charles Parish high schools.

Source: Jefferson Parish Schools


The 2017-2018 Judges

We are proud to introduce our judges for the 2017-2018 RFA Scholarship Competition!

Each year, the RFA selects prominent members of the Greater New Orleans’ community to judge the finalist entries in our Scholarship Competition. We are excited to have assembled such a wonderful and diverse group, and we are grateful for the time they volunteer to aid us in our mission of advancing arts education in our community.

Meet the Judges / Times-Picayune

RFA in the News

Fisher art student’s ‘dream’ reaps $7,500 scholarship

Lexi Despaux, with a desk full of art supplies at her fingertips, was told to “Dare to Dream.” That was the theme of the 2016-17 Rau for Art contest. Despaux, a Fisher High School student, did just that and channeled a childhood dream…Read the rest of the story.

BIZ New Orleans

RFA in the News

The Rau for Art Foundation grants thousands of dollars in college scholarships to local high school artists in this Biz New Orleans Daily Biz Minute.

Biz Minute 4-3-17

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Jefferson Parish Public Schools

RFA in the News

Rau for Art Foundation awards grant to three JPPSS high schools

June 1, 2016

Art students at three Jefferson Parish Public School System high schools will have more means to express their creativity next school year. Haynes Academy for Advanced StudiesJohn Ehret High, and Thomas Jefferson High are three of seven area schools receiving Teacher’s Assistance Fund grants from the Rau for Art FoundationRead the rest of the story. / Times Picayune

RFA in the News

Seven West Bank students make Rau Art Contest finals, five are from Fisher High School

Eric Peterson

In Hollywood, the term ‘sweeps’ applies to one film or show winning in several different categories of one award, like the musical ‘La La Land’ has won seven Golden Globe awards. Well, Fisher High art students have positioned themselves for a similar sweep in this year’s Rau for Art contest. Five of the 10 finalist spots are held by Fisher students. In addition, two Thomas Jefferson High School students made the elite list as well, giving the West Bank seven of the 10 finalist slots… Read the rest of the story.

RFA will be at Culture Collision 9

Learn more about the Rau For Art Foundation at Culture Collision 9!

Kick off the 2017-2018 New Orleans cultural season at Culture Collision 9.  Speak with RFA team members about our non-profit’s Scholarship Competition, Teacher Assistance Fund and learn how you can get your school involved.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
WHERE: Contemporary Arts Center located at 900 Camp Street
TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

It is FREE to the public and features performances and a HUGE free drawing.  Hope to see you there!

For more information, visit the Culture Collision site

Visit RFA at Culture Collision 8

CC8Want to know more about the RFA?  Then visit our booth at Culture Collision 8 this Wednesday, August 31. 

Mark the start of New Orleans’ cultural season with us this Wednesday, August 31 at Culture Collision, held at The National World War II Museum’s U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.  Festivities last from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and include various live performances and a huge raffle to win dozens of prizes.

So, if you want to speak to our incredible RFA team in person, please stop by.  We can’t wait to see you!

For more information, visit the Culture Collision 8 website, or contact us to speak to an RFA Team Member.