George Rodrigue "Blue-Dog" Steinway Partnership

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To benefit LSU’s School of Music and the arts in education initiatives of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA), Louisiana artist George Rodrigue created a unique, iconic piece of art:  The Rodrigue Steinway “Blue Dog” piano.

The piano, donated by the Hall Piano Company in New Orleans, is slated to be sold to the highest bidder, with half of the proceeds going to the LSU School of Music and the other half to GRFA.

Using a 1913 Steinway Model A grand piano as his canvas, Rodrigue donated his talent in creating this piece.  It is a genuine Steinway, having been fully restored using only genuine Steinway & Sons parts by Steinway trained technicians.  It will be used as a concert and performance piece to generate interest in and funds for the needs of the School of Music.
A testament to the quality and longevity of an investment in the Steinway brand, this Steinway Grand celebrates its 100th Birthday in 2013.


GRFA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which advocates the importance of the visual arts in the development of our youth. GRFA encourages the use of art within all curriculums and supports a variety of art educational programs.


The LSU School of Music offers advanced training in the performing arts to students who are committed to developing their innate talents while making the performing arts a cultural asset and preparing graduates for leadership roles and careers in the performing arts.​


Why is there a need for this partnership?


Partners in the Rodrigue Steinway Initiative:




“We are so honored that Mr. Rodrigue lent his immense artistic  talent and his Blue Dog to this Steinway piano to help our efforts.”

-​Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts

“I am very happy to lend my artwork to the Rodrigue Steinway ‘Blue Dog Piano’ in order to benefit such great causes.”

-​George Rodrigue