Four Ga. artists announced as finalists for $50,000 Hudgens Prize

The Hudgens Center for the Arts has announced four finalists for its second Hudgens Prize, which comes with a $50,000 award plus a solo exhibition at the Duluth arts center.

The finalists for the prize, one of the country’s largest for visual artists, are Christopher Chambers, Robbie Land, Derek Larson and Pam Longobardi. All of the artists are from Atlanta, except Larson, who is a Statesboro resident.

Chambers is primarily an installation artist whose work merges multiple disciplines. Land is a live-action and animation filmmaker and installation artist. Larson, director of Georgia Southern University’s 4D/New Media program, is a digital/multidisciplinary artist. Longobardi, a Georgia State University art professor, is an environmental artist.

They were chosen from among 370 applicants by a three-member jury: Doryun Chong, associate curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Toby Kamps, chief curator of Houson’s Menil Collection; and Heather Pesanti, senior curator at AMOA/Arthouse in Austin, Texas.

The four artists will show their work in a Finalists Exhibition at the Hudgens, June 8 through Sept. 7.

The $50,000 prize will be awarded by the jury panel based on in-person visits to the artists’ studios and the works exhibited in the Finalists Exhibition. The prize winner will be announced Aug. 10.

Atlantan Gyun Hur, an emerging South Korean-born artist, won the first Hudgens Prize in 2010 and has gone on to be selected for an Artadia Award and national and international exhibits.

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