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

The Hudgens Center hosted the first $50,000 competition for Georgia artists in 2010 with award winner Gyun Hur’s solo exhibition in 2011. Atlanta artist, Pam Longobardi was our 2013 Hudgens Prize recipient with a solo exhibit in 2014. Atlanta artist, Bethany Collins was our most recent Hudgens Prize winner in 2015 and we plan to announce the next cycle of the prize during her solo exhibit this coming April.



Online submission will open: TBD after April 30th
Online submission will close: November 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

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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. Works previously exhibited at The Hudgens Center for the Arts are ineligible and 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.



$30 – The entry fee is non-refundable and entitles each artist to submit up to 5 entries.



Four artists will be selected by the jury panel to display work in the Finalist’s Exhibition. Each of these four artists will receive a $1500 cash stipend to cover the expenses of realizing the exhibition.



To Be Announced

Past Jurors:

Doryun Chong –Curator, * Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Shannon Fitzgerald –Executive Director, Rochester Art Center*, Rochester, MN

Sylvie Fortin – Executive Director/Editor, Art Papers Magazine*, Atlanta, GA

Eungie Joo – Keith Haring Director and Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the New Museum, New York, NY

Toby Kamps – Curator, Menil Collection, Houston, TX

David Kiehl – Curator of Prints, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Heather Pesanti – Curator, The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX

Buzz Spector – Professor of Art, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Hamza Walker – Associate Curator, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

*Institution listed indicates where juror was employed at the time they served on our jury panel






Angela Nichols, Director of Exhibitions & Public Programs

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The Hudgens Center for the Arts
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TBD (after April 30) through November 1, 2016
Online entries accepted

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

January 1, 2016
Artists notified by email of juror’s selections. Notifications will be sent on or before January 1, 2016

April – June, 2017
The Hudgens Prize Finalist’s Exhibition – The jury panel will select four artists who will be invited to participate in The Finalist’s Exhibition. Each of these four artists will receive a $1500 stipend. The jury panel will convene in Georgia to make studio visits with the four finalists and review the works in the exhibition. The award winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony during the Finalist’s Exhibition (date TBD).

April 2018
Solo exhibition of award-winner. 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.
  2. ENTRIES: Each artist can submit up to five entries in any 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 on view in the Finalist’s Exhibition.
  3. NOTIFICATION of the juror’s selections will be sent by email no later than January 1, 2017
  4. 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.).