NEW ORLEANS (press release) – This year, students were asked to create an original artwork inspired by another non-graphic form of art. These works celebrate the creativity of fellow artists by conveying experience of music, words or movement and more.

Over 120 students from 33 different local high schools across New Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, and St. Charles parishes submitted artwork to the competition.

Ten finalists have been chosen and the winner and three runners-up will be announced at a luncheon at M.S. Rau on Saturday, May 14. The Rau for Art exhibition is FREE and open to the public and will be on exhibit from April 9 through May 14 at the M.S. Rau Gallery and online at

A total of $13,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded:

  • 1st Place – $7,000 (+ $500 to winner’s high school art department) 
  • 2nd Place – $3,000 
  • 3rd Place – $1,500 
  • 4th Place – $1,000 

The 10 finalists include:  Karmen Gallardo (Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy), Jaiden DeGeorge  and Laila James (Cabrini High School), Olivia Boyd (Academy of the Sacred Heart), Isabella Costanza (Mount Carmel Academy), Lily Kaloustian (Lusher High School), Ella Stouse and Khalil McKnight (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts), Daniel Constantin (Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy) and Elliena Ingraham (Patrick F. Taylor).

The esteemed judging panel includes Bill Rau, Ron Bechet, Gia M. Hamilton, Jocelyn Reynolds, Lisa Pasold, and Jamar D. Pierre.