Discover The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning

Founded over 35 years ago, we are a non-profit dedicated to spreading the love of art and learning throughout Gwinnett County. Our facility helps adults and children discover the power of imagination with fine art exhibitions, arts enrichment classes, self-guided tours, and community outreach programs.

Our History

Our History

What started as kitchen table chit-chat has grown into a dynamic and vibrant force in the community. Renamed The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning in 2016, the organization was first incorporated in 1981 as the Gwinnett Council for the Arts. In 1993 the organization moved into its current facility which boasts 34,000 square feet of exhibition and education space, including the award-winning Al Weeks Sculpture Garden, and became known as the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts.

Our Mission

Our Mission

The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning is dedicated to bringing art lovers, leaders, and learners together through quality programs and exhibits. We accomplish this through visual arts initiatives, such as year-round fine art exhibits and classes for all ages; as well as community arts initiatives which reach out to underserved students and residents throughout Gwinnett.

2016 Strategic Plan

Building on the momentum of our rebrand, we are committed to reinvigorating the imaginations of Gwinnett County. We are ramping up our community outreach with plans to extend financial aid opportunities for Title 1 schools. We are also working to build more robust partnerships with community non-profits such as Rainbow Village and Hi-Hope. We will continue to showcase artwork from our permanent collection; collaborate with local and national artists and curators to develop dynamic exhibitions for our galleries; and offer a range of arts enrichment activities in our classrooms.

Our Team

Ife Williams

Ife Williams

Executive Director

iwilliams@TheHudgens.org |  770.623.6002 Ext. 201

In her capacity as Executive Director of the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, Ife is responsible for the leadership and vision of the Hudgens Center and serves as the face of the organization.  Her professional experience includes the roles of museum curator at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (Miami); development consultant at the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (Miami); assistant collections registrar for the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington (Seattle); and most recently Program Development Specialist at Fulton County Arts and Culture (Atlanta).

Ife holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture/Metalsmithing from the University of Michigan.  She also pursued a Master’s degree in Museum Studies at Syracuse University, and received a certificate of nonprofit organizational management from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Outside of work she enjoys pursuing creative endeavors in clay, stone and paper; baking, hiking and rock climbing with her children; and exploring the rich array of arts and cultural activities available in our community.

Ife loves working at the Hudgens because she believes everyone should have art in their day-to-day life and being a part of this team allows her to have a hand in making that happen within her own community.  She was a student at the Hudgens Center before she became a member of the staff and she continues to believe that the learning experiences available here are among the best in our region.

Angela Nichols

Angela Nichols

Director of Exhibitions

anichols@TheHudgens.org  |  770.623.6002 Ext. 203

Angela Nichols is currently the Director of Exhibitions & Public Programs at The Hudgens Center for the Arts, where she has worked for over eight years.  She manages exhibitions and public programming which includes management and facilitation of The Hudgens Prize, a biennial art competition for Georgia artists, which awards a $50,000 prize and a solo exhibition to one artist every other year.  Prior to joining the staff at the Hudgens Center, Angela worked as the Visual Arts Curator at The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, Georgia for five years.

She was a founding member of The Atlanta Printmakers Studio and currently serves on their board.  She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ryan Sterritt, five year old daughter, Clementine and three year old son, Grey.  In her spare time Angela drinks milkshakes and writes haikus.

Angela feels fortunate that she spends her time working with artists and doing something she feels passionate about at the Hudgens Center.

Connie Norman

Connie Norman

Director of Education

cnorman@TheHudgens.org  |  770.623.6002 Ext. 211

Connie Norman, Director of Education and Outreach, is originally from Pennsylvania. She graduated from Salem College in West Virginia with an Associate of Arts Degree in Heritage Arts and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Art.

Connie is responsible for classes, workshops, summer camps and outreach programs. She also enjoys feeding the fish and watching over the nesting geese around the Hudgens’ campus.

Outside of work, she takes pleasure in reading, photography, pottery, and going for walks.

As Director of Education and Outreach, nothing is more rewarding than the students who come up to her and tell her that her class time is the two hours per week that they look forward to the most.

Vernon Smith

Vernon Smith

Ceramics Studio Manager

vsmith@TheHudgens.org  |  770.623.6002 Ext. 209

In his role as Ceramic Studio Manager, he spends his days teaching classes, maintaining studio equipment and managing the Hudgens Studio Assistant Program.

When not at work, he enjoys contemplating particle accelerating devices, slacklining, juggling, eating peanut butter and (blueberry) jelly sandwiches, playing chess, climbing, table tennis, cycling, instagramming, blacksmithing and occasionally spending time in his basement studio.

Vernon has worked at the Hudgens Center for nine years and enjoys the creative atmosphere and friendly people. He is currently working on a memoir about the wonderful staff and students he encounters on a daily basis.

Lois Young

Lois Young

Guest Services & Volunteer Coordinator

lyoung@TheHudgens.org  |  770.623.6002 Ext. 208

Lois’s responsibilities at the Hudgens Center include coordinating the Volunteer Program, providing administrative support to the Membership Program and assisting with Special Events.

Lois and her husband, Charlie, have lived in Duluth for over 20 years.  Whenever possible these two are attending Shakespeare festivals and roaming through museums.  An Iowa native, Lois enjoys acting in local gigs, quilting, facilitating women’s Bible Studies, and cheering for her Iowa, Iowa State, and University Northern Iowa men’s basketball teams.

She reminisces on the first time she and her husband attended an exhibit at the Hudgens Center: “We felt so fortunate to have an art center so close to our home.” After volunteering a few times, she knew “the Hudgens was the treasure of Gwinnett County and I wanted to be part of the adventure.”

Damien Harrison

Damien Harrison

Bookkeeper
Floyd Hall

Floyd Hall

Marketing Specialist

Board of Directors

  • Chairman, Nancy Harris. Mayor, Duluth
  • Vice Chairman, Randy Winfield. Winfield Realty Group
  • Treasurer, Laurie L. McClain. McClain & Company
  • Secretary, Trinity Hundredmark. Anderson, Tate & Carr
  • Kate Awtrey, Gwinnett Event Photography
  • Tom Barton. Coles Barton LLP
  • Sal Brownfield. Artist
  • Anne Chen, Explore Gwinnett
  • Tina A. Cox. KPMG
  • William Edwards. Georgia Power
  • Kristen Griffin. Merial
  • Jonathan Holmes. Mighty 8th Media
  • William F. McCargo. B Mac & Associates
  • Michael Park. Group IBI
  • Raymer Sale. E2E Resources
  • Brent Seyler. Delphi Communications
  • Toyin Thompson. Georgia Tech
  • Darrell Willms. Proof of the Pudding

Board of Trustees

  • Ethel Andersen
  • Betty Atkinson
  • Carolyn Bagheri
  • Beauty Baldwin
  • Pat Bolden
  • Rachel Bronnum
  • David Cross
  • Julia Davis
  • Janet Dunwody
  • Terry Gordon
  • Laura A. Grams
  • Stan Hall
  • Barbra Howard
  • Laurie Ann Kimbrell
  • Carole Kendall
  • Kathy LaSelva
  • Don Loggins
  • Caryn McGarity
  • Leslie Morgan
  • Judy Fowler Ottley
  • Nona Patterson
  • Johnnie Rowe
  • Bill Russell
  • L. Anne Soutter
  • Mary Louise Stark
  • Pat B. Swan
  • Marion Webb
  • Peggy Woods

Our Sponsors