By Howard Pousner
Gyun Hur, a 27-year-old Marietta resident who came to the U.S. from her native Korea at age 13, has won the first Hudgens Prize, a visual arts competition with an award of $50,000.
Hur was announced as the winner of the prize Tuesday night at the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts during a private reception marking the opening of an exhibit of the competition’s five finalists. She broke into torrents of tears when Linda Lindeborg, Hudgens Prize committee chairwoman, tore open an envelope, Oscars style, and read her name.
The artist thanked the judges, her family in the audience and Hudgens officials, pledging that the award “will change my life.”
In an interview after the brief ceremony, Hur said, “The beginning of an artistic career does not guarantee financial security. … Now, I can really jump into opportunities that will help me continue to commit to art-making.”
The first-time competition drew 369 entries from across Georgia.