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July 14, 2014 / Council of State Archivists

Iconic Blue Dog Artwork displayed at Louisiana State Archives

The Louisiana State Archives offered the public access to view a collection of iconic Blue Dog artwork by acclaimed Louisiana artist George Rodrigue. The exhibit began on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 and ran through June 30, 2014. The month long exhibit included several original Rodrigue paintings.

“The Blue Dog is such a beloved figure in our state and the Archives is grateful for the generosity of the George Rodrigue Foundation for bringing this exhibit back to Baton Rouge after first displaying it in the capitol city in 2001,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler.

As part of its outreach activities for the Blue Dog exhibit, the Archives hosted Miss USA, Miss Louisiana and several of the 2014 Miss USA contestants on Thursday, May 29th in cooperation with Visit Baton Rouge as a part of their pageant activities. During the event on the 29th, the “Blue Dog Piano,” a one-of-a-kind restored Steinway piano used by Rodrigue as a canvas to generate interest for his George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, was also on display. Harold Mims, a PhD student at Louisiana State University studying music composition and jazz studies agreed to play the Blue Dog Steinway for the Miss USA contestants. He is the founder of HCM Music & Publishing and services clients as an arranger, composer, orchestrator, keyboardist, educator and producer. Additionally, LSU School of Music Brass students also performed during the ceremony.

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Featured in the photo are (from left to right) Louisiana State Archivist Florent Hardy Jr., Ph.D, Monique Breaux and 2013 MIss USA Erin Brady.

The Louisiana State Archives is dedicated to identifying, collecting, preserving and maintaining records and artifacts that enhance the state’s remarkable history. It is located at 3851 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. The Archives is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

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