2015 Hudgens Prize Finalists Announced

Bethany Collins, Well, They Just Don't Match Up II, 2014; chalk and charcoal on chalkboard; 60 by 80 inches.
Bethany Collins, Well, They Just Don’t Match Up II, 2014; chalk and charcoal on chalkboard;
60 by 80 inches.

Bethany Collins and Scott Ingram of Atlanta, and Rylan Steele and Orion Wertz of Columbus have been selected as finalists for the Hudgens Prize, a generous $50,000 prize given to a Georgia artist every two years by Duluth’s Hudgens Center for the Arts.

The finalists were chosen by jurors Shannon Fitzgerald, executive director of the Rochester Art Center, Minnesota; artist Buzz Spector, who teaches at Washington University in St. Louis; and Hamza Walker, associate curator of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, whose exhibition “Teen Paranormal Romance” at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center closed on January 17.

Work by the four finalists, who each receive a $1,500 stipend to create new work, will be on view in a solo show at the Hudgens from April 7 to June 27. Collins, who recently returned to Atlanta from a yearlong residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, also has a show that just opened at ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, January 17-March 8.

Installation view of Scott Ingram's "Blue Collar Modernism" at MOCA GA.
Installation view of Scott Ingram’s “Blue Collar Modernism” at MOCA GA.

Ingram was a 2013-14 Working Artist Project fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, where his related exhibition was on view July 12-September 13, 2014.

Orion Wertz, a painter and BURNAWAY contributor, is interested in developing “a mythology suitable to a consumerist era” in works that borrow aspects of Renaissance painting and video games.

Installation by Orion Wertz.
Installation by Orion Wertz.

Photographer Rylan Steele has been documenting the landscape and insular Catholic community of Ave Maria in his native Florida.

The Hudgens Prize winner will be announced in a ceremony at the center on June 13, and will have a solo show there in spring 2016.

Previous winners of the Hudgens Prize are Gyun Hur and Pam Longobardi.

The Hudgens Prize winner will be announced in a ceremony at the center on June 13, and will have a solo show there in spring 2016.

Rylan Steele, from the "Ave Maria" series.
Rylan Steele, from the “Ave Maria” series.
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