The Hudgens Prize

With a generous and coveted cash award of $50,000 as well as a solo exhibition for one talented Georgia Artist, the Hudgens Prize is one of the largest awards given to an individual artist in the entire nation. Open to entrants 18 and up, the Hudgens Prize visual arts competition is intended to elevate the arts in our state and to offer a transformational opportunity to one Georgia artist.
Sarah Hobbs

Sarah Hobbs

An artist who uses photography and installation, Sarah Hobbs’ work is an ongoing exploration of the neurotic tendencies that exist in us all. She grew up in Columbus, Georgia and holds a BA in Art History and an MFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, Athens. She lives and works in Atlanta. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Knoxville Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Sir Elton John Collection, among others. Hobbs’s work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art as well as Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has been included in several shows across the country and abroad. Her first monograph, Small Problems in Living, was published in 2012.
Jiha Moon

Jiha Moon

Jiha Moon (b. 1973) is from DaeGu, Korea and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Her works have been acquired by Asia Society, New York, NY, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA. She has had solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, GA, Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA, the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, The Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN and Rhodes College, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis, TN and James Gallery of CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY. She has been included in group shows at Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MI, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, Asia Society, New York, NY, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, White Columns, New York, NY, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, and the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC. Her mid-career survey exhibition, “Double Welcome: Most everyone’s mad here” organized by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Taubman Museum is touring more than seven museum venues around the country until 2018.
Lauri Stallings - Winner

Lauri Stallings - Winner

Atlanta-based artist Lauri Stallings has fostered an expanded practice that includes public choreographies, place building, green economy and collaborations with many communities. Founder of the non-profit, glo platform, Stallings is a 2016-17 MOCA GA Working Artist Fellow.

Stallings has exhibited and performed her work at Central Park in New York City; Art Basel Miami, South Beach; National Center for Civil and Human Rights; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, Summerville; Trinity Laban, London; Atlanta Contemporary; Augsburg Opera Haus, Germany; Zuckerman Museum of Art; among others.

Stallings has received awards and grants from Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Creative Time, American Academy of Arts, Possible Futures Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, Flux Projects (inaugural artist), Chicago Music & Dance Alliance, Emory Center for Creativity and Arts (inaugural artist), Atlanta Beltline Urban Development, and Artadia.

Stallings makes all of her work at The Goat Farm Arts Center.
Cosmo Whyte

Cosmo Whyte

Cosmo Whyte was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica in 1982. The Jamaican born artist attended Bennington College in Vermont for his Bachelor in Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art for his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and the University of Michigan for his MFA. He has exhibited in the US, Jamaica, Norway, France and South Africa. In 2010 he was the winner of the Forward Art emerging artist of the year award. In 2015 he was the recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” and in 2016 he was the recipient of an Artadia Award. Cosmo Whyte is based in Atlanta, Georgia and Montego Bay, Jamaica and is currently a professor at Morehouse College.


  • September 15, 2016 – Online Application Opens
  • November 10, 2016 – Application Deadline
  • December 16, 2016 – Finalists Announced
  • Aug 19-Oct 21, 2017 – Hudgens Prize Finalists Exhibition
  • August 19, 2017 – Exhibition Opening Reception 5-7pm
  • September 30, 2017 – Hudgens Prize Award Announcement
  • Aug-Oct, 2018 – Hudgens Prize Recipient SOLO Exhibition

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Hudgens Prize Award Announcement
September 30, 2017

2016-2017 Advisory Committee

  • Julia Fenton, Chair – Artist
  • Felix Berroa, Artist
  • Stephanie Cash, Editor, Burnaway
  • Bethany Collins, 2015 Hudgens Prize Recipient
  • Anne Archer Dennington, Executive Director, Flux Projects
  • Jessyca Holland, Executive Director, C4 Atlanta
  • Carr McCuiston, Owner, Signature Contemporary Craft
  • Karen Tauches, Artist, Designer & Curator

2017 Hudgens Prize Application Window is now Closed. Thanks to all who applied.

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