The Hudgens Prize – A Visual Arts Competition

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.

Four finalists have been selected by the jury panel to display work in the Finalists’ Exhibition. Each of these artists will receive a $1500 cash stipend. The 2017 Hudgens Prize winner will be selected on September 30, 2017 at the Hudgens Prize Award Ceremony.





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Sarah Hobbs

Sarah Hobbs is from Columbus, Georgia and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She uses photography and installation to explore the neurotic tendencies in us all. Hobbs states, “Constructing psychological space is the driving force behind my work. I examine concepts that involve the human psyche: neuroses and compulsions that challenge us all, questioning the idea of normal.”  Hobbs holds a BA in Art History and an MFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, Athens. 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.



Untitled (voluntary mental facility), 2015, Photography/Chromogenic print, 48″ x 60″




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Jiha Moon

Jiha Moon is from DaeGu, Korea.  She lives and works in Atlanta. Moon received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Her recent work on paper, ceramic sculpture and ceramic installation with low tables explores the idea of something foreign. She says of her work, “What I make might appear foreign and exotic, or might look familiar and comforting, but you have to look carefully to understand what you’re really experiencing.” Moon continues, “Ultimately, everyone except ourselves is foreign. Examining misunderstanding is part of the necessary process of understanding others. I want to share that experience.”

Moon’s 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; Rhodes College, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis, TN and James Gallery of CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY


Jiha Moon, Yellow Chrysanthemum Gook, 2015, Ceramic and mixed media, 11” x 11” x 14.5”




Image Credit: Thom Baker

Lauri Stallings

Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Atlanta-based artist Lauri Stallings has fostered an expanded practice that includes public choreographies, place building, green economy and collaborations with many communities. She says of her work, “I am obsessed with our perceptions of what we are when we are alone vs. what we are when we are together, and in my work, I try to reassess my views of what family is, offering other frequencies and mind spaces for us to communicate in. I do this by having dialogue with places and collaborating with neighbors, communities and art forms, then I transpose these conversations onto living bodies and into a precarious installation atmosphere and state.”

Founder of the non-profit glo platform, Stallings is a 2016-17 MOCA GA Working Artist Fellow. She has exhibited and performed her work at Central Park in New York City, Art Basel Miami, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, High Museum of Art, Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden; Trinity Laban, Atlanta Contemporary, Augsburg Opera Haus and Zuckerman Museum of Art.


Lauri Stallings, and all directions i come to you, 2015, Time, space, flesh, 90 acres




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Cosmo Whyte

Cosmo Whyte was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica and 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.


Cosmo Whyte, YOU know WE can’t swim right, 2015, Photography/ C-Print, 50” x 33”



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