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Hudgens Prize Finalists Announced

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Cosmo Whyte, Promis(ed) Land (Version #1), canvas backdrop, lights.
Cosmo Whyte, Promis(ed) Land (Version #1), canvas backdrop, lights.

Atlanta artists Sarah Hobbs, Jiha Moon, Lauri Stallings, and Cosmo Whyte have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Hudgens Prize. The $50,000 prize, given biannually to an artist living in Georgia, also includes a solo exhibition at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, slated for 2018.

Sarah Hobbs, Untitled (voluntary mental facility), 2015; chromogenic print, 48 by 60 inches.
Sarah Hobbs, Untitled (voluntary mental facility), 2015; chromogenic print, 48 by 60 inches.

Though entries were received from around the state, all four finalists are based in Atlanta. In November, Moon and Whyte also received grants of $10,000 each from Artadia. Stallings was an Artadia finalist in 2014 and is a 2016/17 Working Artist Program Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Jiha Moon, Familiar Face
Jiha Moon, Familiar Face, 2015; ink and acrylic on Hanji paper mounted on canvas, 28 by 44 inches.

The Hudgens jury includes 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.

Lauri Stallings, glo, All Directions I Come to You
Lauri Stallings troupe goo performing And all directions I come to you in Central Park, commissioned by Creative Time.

Works by the four finalists will be on view in an exhibition at the Hudgens scheduled for August 15-October 21, 2017. The winner will be announced on September 30. Previous winners of the Hudgens Prize, all women, are Bethany Collins (2015), Pam Longobardi (2013), and Gyun Hur (2011).