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.
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.
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.
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).