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The Hudgens Center for the Arts has announced the four finalists for its 2017 Hudgens Prize. The winner will receive $50,000 and a solo show at the Hudgens — an opportunity only open to Georgia artists.

The finalists are:

Sarah Hobbs —
Atlanta, Georgia. Photography and installation artist.  

“Constructing psychological space is the driving force behind my work. I examine concepts that involve the human psyche: neuroses and compulsions that challenge us all, questioning the idea of normal,” she says. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Hobbs holds a bachelor of arts degree in Art History and a master of fine arts degree in Photography. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Sir Elton John Collection and elsewhere.

Jiha Moon —
Atlanta, Georgia. Painting, paper, ceramic sculpture and installation.

Moon received her master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. “What I make might appear foreign and exotic, or might look familiar and comforting, but you have to look carefully to understand what you’re really experiencing,” says Moon. “Ultimately, everyone except ourselves is foreign. Examining misunderstanding is part of the necessary process of understanding others. I want to share that experience.” Moon’s works have been acquired by Asia Society, New York, N.Y.; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga.; The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, N.C.; Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, N.C.; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va.

Lauri Stallings —
Atlanta. Dance and choreography.

“I am obsessed with our perceptions of what we are when we are alone vs. what we are when we are together, and in my work, I try to reassess my views of what family is, offering other frequencies and mind spaces for us to communicate in,” she says. “I do this by having dialogue with places and collaborating with neighbors, communities and art forms, then I transpose these conversations on to living bodies and into a precarious installation atmosphere and state.” Founder of the nonprofit glo platform, Stallings is a 2016-17 MOCA GA Working Artist Fellow. She has exhibited and performed her work at Central Park in New York City; Art Basel Miami; the National Center for Civil and Human Rights; High Museum of Art; Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden; Trinity Laban; Atlanta Contemporary; Augsburg Opera Haus; and Zuckerman Museum of Art.

Cosmo Whyte —
Atlanta. Drawing, performance and sculpture.

Cosmo Whyte was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and attended Bennington College in Vermont for his bachelor of fine arts degree, Maryland Institute College of Art for his post-baccalaureate certificate and the University of Michigan for his master of fine arts degree. He has exhibited in the United States, Jamaica, Norway, France and South Africa. In 2010 he was the winner of the Forward Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award. In 2015 he was the recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award,” and in 2016 he was the recipient of an Artadia Award. Cosmo Whyte is based in Atlanta and Montego Bay, Jamaica, and is currently a professor at Morehouse College.

Each will receive a $1,500 stipend to defray expenses for a group show, August 15-October 21, 2017.

The jury consisted of Cesar Garcia, Director and Chief Curator, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, California; Janet Koplos, Art Writer and Critic, St. Paul, Minnesota; and Diana Nawi, Associate Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, Florida.


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