Registration for Session 2 Classes & Workshops is Open!

Classes begin the week of March 13th and run through the week of May 13

YOUTH CLASSES                        ADULT CLASSES


The Hudgens Center offers a variety of art classes and workshops for budding artists of all ages. Also please take note of our upcoming featured workshops:


Fire & Water: Raku Workshop – Sunday, 2/26, 10 AM – 4 PM
Beginning Pastels: Draw & Paint – Friday, 3/3, 10 AM – 1 PM
Hand Crafted Cold-Process Soap Making – Sunday, 4/2, 1 – 4:30 PM


 Call 770.623.6002 or email for more info!


Join us for Toddler Friday on February 24th.

10:30am – 12:30pm

Did you know that readers of Atlanta Parent magazine named our monthly Toddler Friday event as one of the “Best Kept Secrets” in Atlanta? Well, now that the secret is out we invite you to join us for the next one on February 24th, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Led by retired Art Educator Deanna Dodd, our toddler artists enjoy story time, music, sensory activities and a hands-on project!

Toddler Friday is for children ages 1-4, and is free for Family Members and $7 per child for non-Members. (This price includes one parent or caregiver; we offer a sibling discount of $2 off each additional child.)

Call 770-623-6002 or email Angela Nichols ( for more information!


The Hudgens Center Announces Free Admission 

The Hudgens Center for the Arts is pleased to announce free admission to our galleries for all in 2017, courtesy of a generous partnership with Holtkamp Heating & Air.

According to Hudgens Executive Director Ife Williams, “This partnership allows us to be more inclusive. Offering free admission to our galleries is a step toward eliminating barriers, broadening our audience and strengthening community connections. We are excited to be able to open our gallery programming to everyone and grateful to the Holtkamps for making this possible.”

Hudgens Center visitors can begin enjoying free access to the galleries at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21st for the opening reception of A Creative Adventure in Printmaking: Prints from the Experimental Printmaking Institute.

Holtkamp Heating & Air has provided residents of Gwinnett County and surrounding areas with high-quality customer service for 20 years.  Owners, Matthew and Suzanne have a strong commitment to the local arts community.

“Our family has been heavily involved in the arts in Gwinnett County for many years, and a relationship with the Hudgens Center is a natural fit for us,” said Suzanne. “The organization is one of the crown jewels of the local arts scene and we’re thrilled to help everyone in our community gain free access to this world-class facility.”

Read the full press release here.

New Exhibition: A Creative Adventure in Printmaking

The Hudgens Center is proud to announce its upcoming exhibition, A Creative Adventure in Printmaking: Prints from the Experimental Printmaking Institute, curated by Curlee Holton. This exhibition and collaboration between artists and institutions represent an inspired effort to celebrate the creative process and the sharing of that engagement with audiences of artists, educators and students. This exhibition also features over 55 prints created at EPI by such renowned artists as David C. Driskell, Willie Cole, Benny Andrews, Faith Ringgold and Radcliffe Bailey.


In conjunction with this exhibition, the Hudgens Center will also present
Atlanta Printmakers Studio: The Best of PRINT BIG! 

PRINT BIG! is an annual community art event that began in 2010. The goal of PRINT BIG! reflects the mission of the Atlanta Printmakers Studio – to support and celebrate the vitality of printmaking and to educate the community about this historic image-making medium. The focus of PRINT BIG! is fun, creativity, and collaboration. Participating groups from Georgia featuring artists, community organizations and college, university and high school students, design and carve 4’x8′ woodblocks that are printed on the day of the event with a steamroller. This exhibit features 17 of the over-sized steamroller prints created over the past seven years from several local schools and organizations, including:

Clark Atlanta University, Kennesaw State University, Savannah College of Art & Design, Hammonds House Museum, Grady High School, University of West Georgia, North Georgia College and State University, University of Georgia, Sean Star Wars, Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Shiloah Georgia State University, Three Amigos, Pitner Elementary and Art of Such n’ Such

Also on Display: Deep South & Down Under
An exhibition featuring 61 prints from the 2016 international print portfolio exchange between Atlanta Printmakers Studio and Firestation Print Studio in Victoria, Australia.



Jan 21 – Apr 29, 2017

Tues – Sat     10am – 5pm

Press Access

Tuesday, January 17 – Friday, January 20, 10am – 5pm

Opening Reception

Saturday, January 21, 2 – 4pm

Family Day

Saturday, February 4 (10am – 5pm)

Exhibition Walk Through with Curator, Curlee Holton

Sat March 18, 11:30 am – 1:30pm


Classes start the week of March 13th!

 For questions about class registration, contact Connie Norman at

or 770-623-6002, ext. 211


The Hudgens Prize Announces 2017 Finalists!

Four Finalists have been named for the prestigious 2017 Hudgens Prize. With a stunning cash award of $50,000 and an invitation for a solo exhibition for one artist, the Hudgens Prize is one of the largest art awards given in the entire nation, and is open only to Georgia residents.

The four Finalists are: Sarah Hobbs, Jiha Moon, Lauri Stallings and Cosmo Whyte

Click here for more information about this amazing collection of artists!

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The Hudgens 2nd National Juried & Invitational Cup Exhibition


Deadline: April 4th, 2017

We invite you to submit to the upcoming Hudgens National Juried & Invitational Cup Exhibition, taking place from May 16th – July 29th, 2017.

Our juror will be studio artist, writer, curator and educator Garth Johnson, curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona. Before moving to Tempe, Garth served as the Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and spent seven years as a Professor at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. He is a self-described craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century.

Learn more and apply here.


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