FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 28, 2014 - Atlanta, GA -

The prestigious Hudgens Prize Visual Arts Competition is back this year, with a stunning cash award of $50,000 and an invitation for a solo exhibition for one very talented artist. The Hudgens Prize is one of the largest art awards given in the entire nation, and is open only to Georgia residents. The purpose of the competition is to elevate and promote the arts in Georgia, as well as to offer a transformational opportunity for the winning artist.

"As we launch this third cycle of The Hudgens Prize, we are keenly aware of its significance.  This unparalleled opportunity for Georgia artists comes every two years and we’re honored and privileged to announce this next run." said Teresa Osborn, Executive Director at the Hudgens. "We know from the past that every aspect of this process positively effects artists in our state.  From having the work of every artist who submits reviewed by a panel of world class jurors, to the intimate studio visits by these jurors with the four artist finalists; this process and the relationships formed have long lasting impact.”

The Hudgens Prize was last awarded in 2013, to environmental artist Pam Longobardi. Gyun Hur was the first time recipient of the award in 2011.

"The size and scope of this award illustrates our organization’s commitment to strengthening the arts in our state," said Angela Nichols, Programming and Education Director at the Hudgens. "The Hudgens Prize enables us to support and garner exposure for Georgia artists at a very high level, something we are very proud of."

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 and all work must have been completed within the last two years. Entry requires a $30 non-refundable fee, and entitles each artist to submit up to five entries.

Competition entries are to be submitted online via digital upload, and will be accepted between September 1, 2014 and November 1, 2014.  Artists may visit the Hudgens' website to access the link for entering their works.

The Jury Panel for the 2015 award include:

Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Rochester Art Center, Minnesota

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

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

They will review the images and artist statements throughout November and December, and will select four artists to display their work in the Finalists Exhibition. Each of the four Finalists will receive a $1,500 cash stipend to help cover expenses relating to the exhibition.

The Hudgens Prize will be awarded by the jury panel based on in-person visits to the four finalist's studios and the works on view in the Hudgens Prize Finalist's Exhibition, to open on April 7, 2015.  The $50,000 prize winner will be announced at the Hudgens Prize Award Celebration, which will take place on June 13, 2015.

For more information and the full Rules of Entry, please visit the Hudgens' website at

To apply:



September 1st - Competition is Open for Applicants

November 1 - Entry Deadline at 11:59pm

November-December - Jury Panel Makes Selections


January 1 - Finalists are notified

April 7-June 27 - Hudgens Prize Finalists Exhibition

June 11-12 - Jury Panel Studio Visits and Programming

June 13 - Hudgens Prize Award Ceremony

June 27 - Finalists Exhibition Closes


April-June - Hudgens Prize Winner - SOLO Exhibition

About Hudgens Center for the Arts:

The Hudgens Center for Arts is a non-profit organization that has been focused on the arts since its establishment in 1981. The Hudgens' mission is to bring art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits. That mission is accomplished through visual arts initiatives, such as year round fine art exhibits and classes for all ages, and community arts initiatives, which reach out to underserved populations.

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