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Hudgens brings back $50,000 visual arts competition

DULUTH -- Artists, do you have an award-winning piece of art? Is it worth $50,000?

Submit it in the Hudgens Center for the Art's Prize Visual Arts Competition and see what happens, because the artist that takes home the prize wins the $50,000 and an invitation for a solo exhibition at the center.

"We are extremely excited to again be able to offer such an important award competition to the artists of Georgia," said Teresa Osborn, executive director at the Hudgens. "Besides bringing the work of all the entered artists to the attention of world-class jurists, the competition awards a large cash stipend to the winning artist that should allow them to concentrate fully on their art for the following year, without financial strain and distractions, which is truly an invaluable opportunity."

But where is this large sum of money coming from, you ask?

"We are strongly committed to supporting the arts and artists in Georgia," said Angela Nichols, programming and education director at the Hudgens. "The Hudgens Prize is underwritten by an anonymous donor and we are greatly honored that their support allows us to offer this exciting competition."

The last winner was Gyun Hur of Atlanta in 2010.

The competition is open to Georgia residents only, who are 18 years or older. Any medium of visual artwork is accepted that has been completed in the past two years, up to five pieces per artist. Works previously exhibited at the Hudgens are ineligible.

Competition entries are to be submitted online via digital upload, and will be accepted between today and Feb. 1. Entry requires a $30 non-refundable fee.

A jury panel will review all of the entries in February, then select four finalists to display their works in an exhibition. Each finalist will receive $1,500 cash stipend to help cover expenses relating to the exhibition.

The $50,000 prize winner will be announced at the Hudgens Prize Award Celebration in August.

For more information, help with submissions and the full rules of entry, visit www.thehudgens.org.