August 19, 2017 - October 21, 2017

On Display: Hudgens Prize Finalists’ Exhibition

The Hudgens Center is proud to announce the 2017 Hudgens Prize Finalists’ Exhibition, featuring work from Sarah Hobbs, Jiha Moon, Lauri Stallings, and Cosmo Whyte. 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 Finalists’ Exhibition is the final piece of the selection process, which culminates with the announcement of the prize winner at the Hudgens Prize Award Ceremony on September 30th.

The purpose of the competition is to elevate and promote the arts in Georgia, and to offer a transformational opportunity for the winning artist. The Hudgens Prize was last awarded in 2015 to Bethany Collins. Collins continues to receive nationwide recognition following her receipt of the award, including exhibitions in Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

The 2017 Finalists were selected by a jury of arts leaders from across the country representing a broad perspective: Cesar Garcia, Director and Chief Curator, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, California; Janet Koplos, Art Writer and Critic, St. Paul, Minnesota; and Diana Nawi, Independent Curator and former Associate Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, Florida.   

According to Angela Nichols, Director of Programming & Exhibitions at the Hudgens, “I had studio visits with all of the Finalists to talk about what they would be including in this exhibition, and I’m so excited for what they are presenting individually, and for how those artworks will come together as a collective experience for the viewer.”

Artist talks will take place on Thursday, September 7th from 7-8:30pm (featuring Moon & Hobbs) and on Thursday, September 21st from 7-8:30pm (featuring Stallings & Whyte). The September 30th Award Ceremony will take place from 1-3pm in our main gallery space.

The Hudgens Prize Finalists’ Exhibition will be on display from August 19th – October 21st.

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