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Bethany Collins Wins $50k Hudgens Prize

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Left to right, Teresa Osborn, Angela Nichols, Shannon Fitzgerald, Hamza Walker and Buzz Spector Photographer: Dylan York
Left to right, Teresa Osborn, Angela Nichols, Shannon Fitzgerald, Hamza Walker and Buzz Spector. (Photo: Dylan York)

Bethany Collins has won the third biennial Hudgens Prize, worth $50,000. She will also receive a solo show at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, Georgia, in 2016. Atlanta’s Scott Ingram and Columbus residents Orion Wertz and Rylan Steele were the other finalists.

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Collins was selected by jurors Hamza Walker, associate curator of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; artist Buzz Spector, who teaches at Washington University in St. Louis; and Shannon Fitzgerald, director of the Rochester Art Center near Minneapolis.

The jurors visited the studios of all the finalists on Thursday and Friday, before determining the winner in advance of tonight’s reception.

Collins is well known in the Atlanta area for her chalkboard text works in which she addresses her biracial heritage and the social awkwardness it engenders. She recently completed a yearlong residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem and is currently on a residency in Miami and will be at the renowned MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire this summer.

Works by all four artists can be seen at the Hudgens through June 27.

Bethany Collins's installation at the Hudgens Center in Duluth.
Bethany Collins’s installation at the Hudgens Center in Duluth.