Catherine Rollins, who recently graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy, placed fifth in the senior division of the 2021 George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and the Trombone Shorty Foundation art contest. Rollins was awarded $1,000 in college scholarship money.
This year’s theme was Alone Together: Art in the Time of Pandemic. Artists were encouraged to reflect and explore their thoughts on this difficult past year, then create works of art which were inspired by these reflections.
Rollins’ piece was entitled Autism and an Alien World. The base work was mixed media that she manipulated in Photoshop. It reflected the difficult challenges her family faced because of the pandemic’s effects on her disabled sister.
“I know that so many others had similar experiences throughout ranges of disabilities,” Rollins said of her winning artwork. “My piece reflects ours.”
Nicole Lane is SJA’s art teacher. “Catherine’s hard work and dedication to her art has helped her be successful,” she said. “I can’t think of a better way for an art student to finish out her senior year than by placing in the prestigious George Rodrigue Art contest.”
Autism and an Alien World
Catherine Rollins, 2021
Mindy Brodhead Averitt