$50,000 Hudgens Prize competition returns; entries open to Georgia artists now being accepted

As part of her Hudgens Prize winnings, Pam Longobardi's exhibit "What Once Was Lost Must Now Be Found: Chronicling Crimes Against Nature, " opened in April at the Hudgens Art Center.

As part of her Hudgens Prize honor,
Pam Longobardi’s exhibit “What Once Was Lost Must Now Be Found: Chronicling Crimes Against Nature” opened in April at the Hudgens Art Center.

Georgia visual artists, take note: The biennial Hudgens Prize Visual Arts Competition is returning and will again feature a cash award of $50,000, one of the largest given to an individual artist in the U.S., plus a solo exhibition at Duluth’s Hudgens Center for the Arts.

The 2015 Hudgens Prize competition is open to any Georgia artist, age 18 and up, residing full time in the state. Artwork of any medium will be considered, but all pieces must have been completed within the last two years (works previously shown at the Hudgens are ineligible). For a $30 non-refundable fee, each artist can submit up to five entries.

The jury panel includes Shannon Fitzgerald, executive director of the Rochester Art Center, Minnesota; Buzz Spector, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts professor of art at Washington University, St Louis; and Hamza Walker, associate curator, the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society.

They will select four finalists based on a review of entry materials. Those artists will have works featured in the Hudgens Prize Finalists Exhibition next April. Jurors then will select the winner based on studio visits and the works in that exhibit. The awards ceremony will be held June 13, 2015.

For more information and the full rules of entry: www.thehudgens.org.

The Hudgens Prize was awarded to environmental artist Pam Longobardi last year. Gyun Hur was the initial winner in 2011.

Notable Hudgens Prize dates


Nov. 1: entry deadline at 11:59 p.m.

November-December: jury panel makes selections


Jan. 1: finalists 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

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