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Hudgens Center announces winner of $50K prize

Pam Longobardi poses with Teresa Osborn of the Hudgens Center of the Arts after winning the Hudgens Prize on Aug. 10. (Special Photo)

Pam Longobardi poses with Teresa Osborn of the Hudgens Center of the Arts after winning the Hudgens Prize on Aug. 10. (Special Photo)

DULUTH — After passing a rigorous application process, creating works of art for months and competing against three other artists, Pam Longobardi of Atlanta has been named the winner of the Hudgens Prize.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to get to know my fellow finalists, formidable competitors all,” she said. “I am overwhelmed by the support of the jurors, the Hudgens and the community of Atlanta.”

The prize includes a cash award of $50,000 and an invitation for a solo exhibition at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth.

For the month of February, three juried judges examined 370 artists’ entries until they whittled it down to Longobardi, Christopher Chambers of Atlanta, Robbie Land of Atlanta and Derek Larson of Statesboro. The four opened their “Finalist Exhibit” on June 8.

The prize was awarded by the panel based on in-person visits to the four finalists’ studios and the works on display at the Duluth venue.

On Saturday, jurors announced Longobardi the winner. The jurors included Associate Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York Doryun Chong, Chief Curator of the Menil Collection of Houston Toby Kamps and Senior Curator at The Contemporary Austin in Texas Heather Pesanti.

“Part artist, part archaeologist, part forensic scientist, Pam Longobardi’s sculptures and installations are the synthesized products of objects and debris cast out from oceans in remote geographical locations and collected by the artist over time,” said a press release from the Hudgens. “Reflecting the crisis of our modern ‘plastic age,’ Longobardi’s work highlights notions of commerce, consumption and the wastefulness of human society, as well as the powerful and unseen forces of nature to demolish and transform the objects we create.”

The “Finalist Exhibit” is open through Sept. 7.

The last winner was Gyun Hur of Atlanta in 2010. Hur received both national and international recognition following her receipt of the award, including selection for an Artadia Award and exhibits in Chicago and Hong Kong, and had her solo exhibit at the Hudgens in December 2011.

For more information, visit www.thehudgens.org.