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Hudgens Center selects four finalists for visual arts competition

Robbie Land

Robbie Land

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Pam Longobardi

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Christopher Chambers

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Derek Larson

DULUTH -- After three juried judges examined 370 artists' entries through the month of February, four finalists have been named for the Hudgens Center for the Art's Prize Visual Arts Competition.

They are Christopher Chambers of Atlanta, Robbie Land of Atlanta, Derek Larson of Statesboro and Pam Longobardi of Atlanta.

The Hudgens Prize is one of the largest art awards given in the entire nation -- thanks to an anonymous donor -- and is open only to Georgia residents. The grand prize is $50,000 in cash and an invitation for a solo exhibition.

"This has been an exciting process, and after working tirelessly for many months to bring the competition to this point, it is nice to finally be able to announce the finalists," said Angela Nichols, programming and education director at the Hudgens. "The Hudgens Prize competition is one of the biggest and most exciting things that we do as an organization, and we're so fortunate that we are able to offer this opportunity to Georgia artists."

All four artists will display their work in the "Finalist's Exhibition" at the Hudgens Center, which is scheduled for June 8 through Sept. 7. Each finalist receives $1,500 cash stipend to help cover expenses relating to the exhibition.

The $50,000 Hudgens Prize will be awarded by the jury panel based on in-person visits to the four finalists' studios and the works on display at the Duluth venue. The prize winner will be announced at the Hudgens Prize Award Celebration on Aug. 10.

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.