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


Online submission will open: September 1, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. (EST)
Online submission will close: November 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

CLICK HERE to complete application.


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. 2013 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 the exhibition (materials, framing, transportation of artwork, etc.).

Juror Panel

Shannon_3Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota

Shannon Fitzgerald is a contemporary art curator, museum professional, writer, and educator whose work focuses on international emerging and mid-career artists and thinkers. Her research interests include exploring the diversity of global art making and how culture informs art, which impacts society, and improves communities. She is Executive Director of Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, a non-collecting contemporary art museum that focuses on global programming often involving the production of new work and new scholarship.

During her career, she has produced original exhibitions, projects, and essays with a prestigious roster of artists including Polly Apfelbaum, Radcliffe Bailey, Michael Paul Britto, Juan William Chávez, Jill Downen, Dzine, Yun-Fei Ji, Sarah Frost, Kendell Geers, Katie Holten, Larry Krone, Michael Krueger, Michael Lin, Julie Moos, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Tara Najd Ahmadi, Odili Donald Odita, Karyn Olivier, Ruby Osorio, Lamar Peterson, Keith Piper, William Pope.L, Allison Schulnik Mary Ann Strandell, Catharina van Eetvelde, Hank Willis Thomas, and Marina Zurkow among others. She is former Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.


Buzz headshot 1Buzz Spector, Professor of Art, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

BuzzSpector’s artwork has been the focus of exhibitions in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA. His work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. Spector has written extensively on topics in contemporary art and culture for American Craft, Artforum, Hand Papermaking,and New Art Examiner, among other publications. He was a co-founder, with Reagan and Roberta Upshaw, of WhiteWalls: a magazine of writings by artists, in Chicago in 1978, and served as editor until 1987. His most recent book, Buzzwords, selected interviews with Spector, plus new page art, was published in 2012 by Sara Ranchouse Publishing, Chicago. Spector holds degrees from the University of Chicago and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is Professor of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

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

Since 1994, Hamza Walker has served as Director of Education/Associate Curator for The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago – a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art. In that capacity, he has written about, interviewed, and organized exhibitions with many of today’s leading artists. Recent exhibitions he has curated include Suicide Narcissus, 2013 and Teen Paranormal Romance 2014. He was the recipient of the 2005 Walter Hopps Award for curatorial achievement, a 2006 Emily Hall Tremaine Award for the exhibition Black Is, Black Ain’t, and the 2010 Ordway Prize. He has written for numerous artists’ monographs in addition to publications such as Artforum and Parkett.




Angela Nichols, Director of Exhibitions & Public Programs

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September 1 – November 1, 2014
Online entries accepted

November & December 2014
Jury panel reviews entries and makes selections for the exhibition of the four finalists

January 1, 2015
Artists notified by email of juror’s selections. Notifications will be sent on or before January 1, 2015

April 7 – June 27, 2015
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

April 18, 2015
6 – 8pm
Opening Reception – The Hudgens Prize Finalist’s Exhibition

June 11 & 12, 2015
Jury Panel will visit the studios of the four finalists

June 13, 2015
The Hudgens Prize Award Celebration
The $50,000 prize winner will be announced at the Award Celebration

April 2016
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 2014 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, 2015

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.).

5. RIGHT TO REPRODUCTION & PHOTOGRAPHY: The Hudgens Center for the Arts reserves the right to reproduce images of works included in the Finalist’s Exhibit for publicity, educational and non-commercial purposes.

6. LIABILTY: Works included in the Finalist’s Exhibition will be insured while “on the premises only.” The artist is responsible for the transportation of the artwork and insuring the work while in transit.

7. STUDIO VISITS: The jury panel will visit the studios of the four selected finalists on June 11th & 12th, 2015.

8.   AGREEMENT: Sending 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 prize money. The winner will sign a contract with The Hudgens Center with specific details about the April 2016 solo exhibition. By submitting an entry to this competition, you agree to the following requirements:

  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 June 11 & 12, 2015
  3. Attendance at Hudgens Prize Finalist’s Exhibition Opening Reception on April 18, 2015
  4. Participation in Finalist’s Ancillary Programming, re: Gallery Talks (date TBD)
  5. Attendance at Hudgens Prize Award Celebration on Saturday, June 13, 2015