"Blue Dog" Steinway to be auctioned, benefit LSU music
BATON ROUGE - Budgets cuts have left the LSU School of Music feeling blue as they face some tough decisions.
So they turned to "Blue Dog" artist George Rodrigue to help turn things around.
LSU announced plans to auction a Steinway piano painted with Rodrigue's signature "Blue Dog" on it to help raise money for the School of Music.
A portion of the procedes will help LSU make sure music scholarships stay funded, and could pay for new pianos to replace the school's aging inventory.
Hall Piano Co. in New Orleans donated the vintage Steinway, which was unveiled this past weekend and will go on a nationwide tour of performances before being auctioned.
"Our partnership with the LSU School of Music represents an exciting combination of the visual and performing arts," said Jacques Rodrigue, Executive Director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. "George Rodrigue's Steinway piano is truly a unique and iconic work of art, and we hope it will inspire support for arts education around the country."
The auction will take place in 2014 or 2105, and be run by the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.