June 24

Hudgens Center for Arts announces Art Prize winner


By: Danielle Ryan

Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Hudgens Center for Arts in Duluth recently announced its 2015 Art Prize winner, Bethany Collins of Atlanta. Collins, a mixed-media conceptual painter, won $50,000 after being selected as one of four finalists and then the grand prize winner for her works regarding racial identity.

“I am interested in the unnerving possibility of multiple meanings, dual perceptions, and limitlessness in the seemingly binary,” she said in a press release. “Drawing repeatedly allows me to fully understand objects in space, while defining and redefining my own racial landscape.”

Hundreds of entries from visual artists of various disciplines were shown to the jury panel before Collins, Scott Ingram of Atlanta, Rylan Steele of Columbus, and Orion Wertz of Columbus were chosen to have their work displayed in the “Finalist’s Exhibition” from April 7 through June 27 at the Hudgens Center for Arts.

The jury panel was comprised of Shannon Fitzgerald, executive director of the Rochester Art Center in Minnesota, Buzz Spector, professor of art at Washington University in St. Louis, and Hamza Walker, associate curator at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.

The Hudgens Center for Arts’ mission is to bring art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits. The non-profit accomplishes this through visual arts initiatives like their annual Art Prize.

For more information, visit thehudgens.org