Teachers (And Why It Almost Didn’t Happen)
A new essay from Wendy Rodrigue
at Musings of an Artist’s Wife
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 Summer 2021, Wendy renewed partnerships with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, bringing her twice annually to schools in the Florida Panhandle, and Oklahoma A+ Schools, a statewide arts integration teaching method, now in 70 Oklahoma schools. During Fall 2021, Wendy brings George Rodrigue’s inspiring story and artwork to schools and community groups across the South during a 6-week tour of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
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 2021, she has visited, personally, nearly 100 schools and more than 40,000 students in 8 states, as well as 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.