February 2023

Life & Legacy hits the road to Florida, Alabama, and Texas!

King George Rodrigue:
History of Washington Mardi Gras at Capitol Park Museum

Watch the video below, and read more in a new blog post, It’s Good to be the King

Join Wendy Rodrigue for a tour of “Carnival in the Nation’s Capital: The Washington Mardi Gras Ball” currently on view at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The exhibition includes unique artworks and personal items recalling artist George Rodrigue’s reign as King in 1994.

November 2022: Mississippi Tour!

Read about the first-ever, exclusively Mississippi, Life & Legacy Tour in Mississippi’s Beautiful Blues, a new blog post by Wendy Rodrigue.

It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to put these tours together. A huge thank you to the teachers and students, the planners and press, the financial sponsors, and the friends who housed us and fed us in 10 different overnight locations during this 2-week tour, including 11 art and storytelling presentations in schools and museums throughout Mississippi.

All photos by Heather LaCoste (Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education), and Douglas Magnus.

George and Wendy Rodrigue

George and Wendy Rodrigue were married from 1997 until his death in 2013. For nearly 30 years, Wendy’s life’s work has been to share Rodrigue’s Life and Art in as broad and quality a manner as possible. Together, the couple partnered on the development of all aspects of Rodrigue’s career and life, including his galleries, museum exhibitions, a dozen books published both nationally and internationally on his art, and extensive education outreach.

During 2022, Wendy brought her inspiring programming to 24 schools and 65 classes in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  This unique art-and-storytelling experience included original Rodrigue paintings from her collection, as well as special guest artists, such as Katherine Klimitas and Wendy’s current husband, Douglas Magnus.  Tours in 2022 were made possible through partnerships with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, Baldwin County Public Schools, a generous sponsorship by Henry and Pat Shane of Kenner, Louisiana, the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education, and many private donors.

Much more to come, as the 2023 tour takes us to Florida schools in partnership with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, followed by Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Illinois, in exciting museum and education partnerships sponsored by Avery Insurance, Telich Custom Homes, Morgan Stanley, and multiple private contributions. Thank you for your generous support of this programming, inspired by and honoring the life and art of George Rodrigue! Hope to see you on the road!

In 2017 Wendy Rodrigue established the Life & Legacy Tour, now a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, continuing and expanding her late husband’s artistic and philanthropic vision while honoring one of America’s most illustrious artists, George Rodrigue.  As of December 2022, she has visited, personally, 126 schools and more than 600 classes in 8 states, engaging more than 50,000 students in this rare art experience. Through Life & Legacy, Wendy has facilitated numerous museum and community partnerships, including the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, the LSU Museum of Art, Associations of Broadcasters, Chambers of Commerce, Womens Leadership Conferences, Literary Clubs, Continuing Education, and many more.  

April 20-25, 2022: What a fantastic week at Kenner Discovery!

A gifted storyteller, Wendy Rodrigue shares with teachers from 70 Oklahoma arts-integrated schools
during the OKA+ Schools Teacher Conference at the University of Central Oklahoma in June 2021.
Enjoy this raw clip from her opening remarks.
Learn more in this blog post for “Musings of an Artist’s Wife”

The students of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans thank Wendy so much for taking the time to visit our school. We were honored to hear her inspiring story and learn more about one of the south’s most celebrated artists. Wendy engaged all of our middle and high school students, got them asking questions, and sparked interests I’m sure they didn’t even know they had inside of themselves. Not only did my art students get a sneak peak at some personal works from the artist’s collection, but they also had the chance to be immersed in his southern French legacy that he treasured so much. A big MERCI!

Sierra Claire Orlowski

Listening to Wendy tell some of her life stories is so inspiring and empowering. She is captivating! She brings George Rodrigue to life and leaves you wanting to know more. An amazing woman. I’d recommend buying her book!

Wendy Camallo