"Nature is what we know
Yet have not art to say
So impotent our vision is
to her simplicity."
- Emily Dickinson

Friday, September 17, 2010

Good news for the arts in Georgia!

I am pleased to share the following press release and offer my congratulations to the five finalists. Bravo! Also, congratulations to the other 364 entrants -- you prove that the visual arts in Georgia are vibrant and thriving. I can't wait to enjoy the exhibit!

5 Hudgens Prize Finalists Named

The Hudgens Center for the Arts is delighted to announce the names of five finalists for the Hudgens Prize visual arts competition. Three internationally prominent jurors - David Kiehl (Curator of Prints at The Whitney Museum of American Art); Sylvie Fortin (Editor in Chief of ART PAPERS Magazine); and Eungie Joo (Director and Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at The New Museum) - met in New York City on August 18 to view over 2,000 images of the artwork submitted by 369 Georgia artists and winnow them down to what the jurors determined were five extraordinary artists deserving of a chance at the $50,000 Hudgens Prize and solo exhibit to be awarded.

The Finalists for the Hudgens Prize are: Ruth Dusseault, Hope Hilton, Gyun Hur, Scott Ingram and Jiha Moon Hudgens Executive Director Teresa Osborn stated, "We are honored to be the venue and facilitator for this incredible competition. It is such a boost to the arts community in Georgia to have a competition of this magnitude in the state, and to the artists who entered to have their work in front of three such well-known jurors from the international arts world. The state has a terrific artistic community that deserves to be given greater support and visibility, and the Hudgens is proud to be a part of bringing attention to the many talented artists in Georgia." The jury panel will again come together, on site at the Hudgens, to determine the final Prize winner based on the works on display in the Finalists Exhibition, coordinated by Angela Nichols, Director of Education and Public Programs.

The $50,000 prize winner will be announced at an Award Celebration held in conjunction with the Finalists Exhibition Opening Reception on November 30. The Exhibition will run from December 1 until February 19, 2011.
"The Finalists Exhibition will provide huge exposure for all five of these artists, while the awarding of the Hudgens Prize itself is intended to allow one artist a once in a lifetime transformational opportunity. We will be eager to see what our award recipient creates out of this," commented Nichols. "In addition, the Finalists Exhibition will include a video slide show component, putting works by each of the 369 artists on public display and giving even more exposure to all of the artists who entered the competition. Visitors will be able to witness the breadth and depth of talent Georgia has to offer, and enjoy choosing their own favorite artists," Nichols added.

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