In a ceremony last night, Lauri Stallings was awarded the $50,000 Hudgens Prize by the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth. The prize is awarded biannually to an artist living in Georgia. As part of the prize, Stalling will have a solo exhibition at the Hudgens in 2018.
Stallings just had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia as part of the 2016/17 Working Artist Fellowship Program. It involved wall drawings and spontaneous choreography that invited visitors to participate.
In addition to its public performances, her troupe gloATL is known for its embedded performances at openings and art events, for which performers move among and engage with sometimes unwitting attendees. They were included in the outdoor exhibition “Drifting in Daylight,” a Creative Time project in 2015 staged in Central Park.
The Hudgens jury included Cesar Garcia, director and chief curator of the Mistake Room in Los Angeles; Janet Koplos, a, St. Paul, Minnesota-based writer and critic, and former Art in America senior editor; and Diana Nawi, associate curator of the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
The other finalists this year, all based in Atlanta, were Sarah Hobbs, Jiha Moon, and Cosmo Whyte. Works by the four artists remain on view at the Hudgens through October 21.
Previous winners of the Hudgens Prize are Bethany Collins (2015), Pam Longobardi (2013), and Gyun Hur (2011), making the Hudgens an exclusively female prize to date.