Call for Artists Image

A Visual Arts Competition


The Hudgens Center for the Arts

The Hudgens Prize visual arts competition is intended to elevate the arts in our state and to offer a transformational opportunity to a Georgia artist. A $50,000 cash award and an invitation for a solo exhibition will be given to one selected Georgia artist.

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The competition is open to any individual artist living as a full time resident in the state of Georgia, age 18 and up.  Visual artwork of any medium will be considered. All work must have been completed within the last two years. 2015 Hudgens Prize Finalists are not eligible for this cycle of the competition, but may enter future competitions. Selected finalists will be required to submit proof of state residency in the form of a valid Georgia driver’s license or state issued identification card.




The entry fee is non-refundable and entitles each artist to submit 5 to 10 work samples.



Four artists will be selected by the jury panel to display work in the Finalists’ Exhibition. Each of these artists will receive a $1500 cash stipend.



Photo by Ryan Orange

Photo by Ryan Orange

Cesar Garcia, Director and Chief Curator, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, California

Cesar Garcia is the Founder, Director and Chief Curator of The Mistake Room—LA’s international contemporary art space. A scholar, writer, curator and educator, Garcia formerly served as Associate Director and Senior Curator of LAXART (2007-2012) and as US Commissioner for the 13th International Cairo Biennale (2012-2013). In 2008 Garcia served on the curatorial team of the 2008 California Biennial and in 2012 he was one of the curators of Made in L.A., the first Los Angeles Biennial organized by The Hammer Museum and LAXART. In 2015 he was appointed one of the curators of The Current, Vienna based foundation TBA21’s new triennium.


Portrait by Jane Mason

Janet Koplos, Art Writer and Critic, St. Paul, Minnesota

Janet Koplos is co-author of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft (2010) and author of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture (1990) and other books. She has written extensively on crafts and on American, Japanese and Dutch contemporary art and has published approximately 2,500 articles, reviews and essays in some two dozen periodicals over the last 30 years. She lectures, critiques and juries frequently, and has taught at Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Institute in New York, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She was for 18 years a staff editor at Art in America magazine and is currently a contributing editor.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a master’s degree from Illinois State University. She received a National Endowment for the Arts critic’s grant early in her career, in 2010 was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Crafts Council, and in 2015 was awarded an Art Writers Grant from the Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital. She is currently working on two books, one on the aesthetics and philosophy of American functional pottery, based on interviews with potters across the country, and the other a history of the New Art Examiner, a sometimes-controversial publication based in Chicago, which published from 1973 to 2002.


Diana Nawi, Associate Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, Florida

Diana Nawi is Associate Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami, where she has curated exhibitions including Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot, Iman Issa: Heritage Studies, and Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, a mid-career survey of the artist’s work. Nawi has organized newly commissioned projects with Yael Bartana, Nicole Cherubini, Bouchra Khalili, LOS JAICHACKERS (Julio César Morales and Eamon Ore-Giron), Shana Lutker, and most recently, Matthew Ronay. Prior to joining PAMM, Nawi worked as an assistant curator on the Abu Dhabi Project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and served as a fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Nawi received her MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.





Person:  Angela Nichols, Director of Exhibitions & Public Programs

Phone:  770.623.6002 x203

Fax:  770.623.3555, ATTN: The Hudgens Prize

Mail:  The Hudgens Center for the Arts
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Bldg 300
Duluth, GA 30097




September 15 – November 10, 2016
Online entries accepted

November & December 2016
Jury panel reviews entries and makes selections for the exhibition of the four finalists

January 2, 2017
Artists notified by email of juror’s selections. Notifications will be sent on or before January 1, 2017

August 15 – October 21, 2017
The Hudgens Prize Finalists’ Exhibition – The jury panel will select four artists who will be invited to participate in The Finalists’ Exhibition. Each of these four artists will receive a $1500 stipend

August 19, 2017
6 – 8pm Opening Reception – The Hudgens Prize Finalists’ Exhibition
September 28, 29 & 30, 2017
Jury Panel will visit the studios of the four finalists

September 30, 2017
The Hudgens Prize Award Celebration
The $50,000 prize winner will be announced at the Award Celebration

August 2018
Solo exhibition of Prize Recipient. One piece from this exhibition will be selected for the Hudgens Center’s permanent collection



  1. FEES: There is a $30 fee to enter The Hudgens Prize Competition.
  1. ENTRIES: Each artist can submit five to ten work examples in any visual art medium. Each artist is also required to submit a written statement about their work. Entries are to be submitted via digital upload onto our submission website. The jury panel will review image and artist statement submissions electronically in November and December of 2016 to select the four finalists. Each of these four artists will receive a $1500 stipend. The $50,000 Hudgens Prize will be awarded by the jury panel based on in person studio visits and the works presented in the Finalists’ Exhibition.
  1. NOTIFICATION of the jurors’ selections will be sent by email no later than January 1, 2017
  1. MEDIA: All visual art mediums will be accepted into this competition. Works requiring special technical equipment can only be considered if the artist supplies the equipment for display (video projectors, computers, etc.).
  1. RIGHT TO REPRODUCTION & PHOTOGRAPHY: The Hudgens Center for the Arts reserves the right to reproduce images of works submitted for review and included in the Finalists’ Exhibition for publicity, educational and non-commercial purposes.
  1. LIABILTY: Works included in the Finalists’ Exhibition will be insured while “on the premises only.” The artist is responsible for the transportation of artwork and insuring the work while in transit.
  1. STUDIO VISITS: The jury panel will visit the studios of the four selected finalists on September 28th & 29th, 2017.
  1. AGREEMENT: Submitting an entry to this competition shall constitute an agreement with all the conditions on this prospectus. The winning artist is responsible for paying taxes on the cash award. The winner will sign a contract with The Hudgens Center with specific details about the August 2018 solo exhibition. By submitting an entry to this competition, you agree to the following requirements if selected:
  1. Submission of proof of state residency in the form of a valid Georgia driver’s license or state issued identification card
  2. Availability for jury panel site visit on September 28th & 29th, 2017.
  3. Attendance at Hudgens Prize Finalists’ Exhibition Opening Reception on August 19, 2017
  4. Participation in Ancillary Finalists’ Programming, re: Gallery Talks (date TBD)
  5. Attendance at Hudgens Prize Award Celebration on Saturday, September 30th2017