A $50,000 Hudgens Prize will be again be awarded to a talented Georgia artist this year. The prize recipient will also earn the opportunity for a solo exhibit at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth.
The Hudgens Prize, one of the largest art awards given in the entire nation, is open only to Georgia residents, acording to an announcement issued by the Hudgens.
“We are extremely excited to again be able to offer such an important award competition to the artists of Georgia,” said Teresa Osborn, executive director at the Hudgens, in announcing the prize. “Besides bringing the work of all the entered artists to the attention of world class jurists, the competition awards a large cash stipend to the winning artist that should allow them to concentrate fully on their art for the following year, without financial strain and distractions, which is truly an invaluable opportunity.”
The first Hudgens Prize was awarded in 2010 to artist Gyun Hur of Atlanta. Hur received both national and international recognition after receiving the award. She was selected for an Artadia Award and was featured at exhibits in Chicago and Hong Kong. She had her solo exhibit at the Hudgens in December 2011.
The Hudgens Prize is underwritten by an anonymous donor.
A Hudgens Prize Advisory Committee composed of Georgia arts leaders has been formed this year to guide the competition. The members are Susan Bridges, Tina Cox, Jerry Cullum, Susannah Darrow, Julia Fenton, Gyun Hur, Marianne Lambert, Tina Lilly and Michael Rooks.
The Hudgens Prize 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, but works previously exhibited at the Hudgens are ineligible. Works must have been completed within the past two years.
Entry requires a $30 non-refundable fee and entitles each artist to submit up to five entries. The entry deadline is Feb. 1, 2013.
Each of the four finalists will receive a $1,500 cash stipend to help cover expenses relating to the exhibition, such as materials, framing, transportation of artwork, etc.
The Hudgens Prize will be awarded by a jury panel based on in-person visits to the four finalist’s studios. Their works will be featured in the Hudgens Prize Finalists Exhibition, which opens June 8, 2013. The $50,000 prize winner will be announced in August.
Visit the Hudgens’ website at www.thehudgens.org to see the full entry rules.
The Hudgens Center for the Arts is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg. 300, in the Gwinnett Center complex. For information about art exhibits, events and classes at the Hudgens, visit the website at www.thehudgens.org or call 770-623-6002.