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Deadline approaches to enter $50,000 Hudgens Prize

DULUTH -- The deadline is approaching for a visual arts competition in which the winning artist will receive a $50,000 cash award and the opportunity to present a solo exhibition at The Hudgens Center for the Arts.

The Hudgens Prize constitutes one of the largest art awards in the nation and will be presented this November. June 4 is the final day artists can submit their entries.

The competition is a first for The Hudgens Center and the sizable prize is sponsored by a private foundation. The competition is open to Georgia artists 18 and older, and visual artwork of any medium completed within the past two years meeting specific size and weight criteria will be considered.

An entry fee of $30 for members of The Hudgens Center and $50 for nonmembers will allow each artist to submit up to five entries.

The juror panel that will determine the top finalists and eventual winner includes individuals known nationally and internationally in the field of arts. David Kiehl is curator of prints for The Whitney Museum of American Art, Sylvie Fortin is editor-in-chief of ART PAPERS magazine and Eungie Joo is director and curator of education and public programs at the New Museum in New York.

Jurors will select five to 10 artists to participate in a finalists exhibition that will run from Nov. 30 to Feb. 19, 2011. The $50,000 prize winner will be announced during an award celebration the day the exhibition opens.

A prospectus with details about the competition and information on entering is available online at www.thehudgens.org.