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Hudgens to announce winner of $50,000 visual arts prize Tuesday night

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

The Hudgens Center for the Arts will name the winner of its Hudgens Prize visual arts competition on Nov. 30 at a private reception for an exhibit of the five finalists: Ruth Dusseault, Gyun Hur, Scott Ingram and Jiha Moon, all of Atlanta, and Hope Hilton of Winterville.

The winner of the first-time competition, which drew 369 entries, will receive $50,000 plus a solo exhibit at the Gwinnett arts center. The prize money was donated anonymously to the Hudgens, which created the competition to encourage the visual arts in Georgia.

A three-person panel of jurors – David Kiehl (curator of prints, Whitney Museum of American Art), Sylvie Fortin (editor in chief, Art Papers magazine) and Eungie Joo (director and curator of exhibitions and public programs, the New Museum) — met in New York City in August to view more than 2,000 submitted images. The same trio selected the prize winner.

The finalists exhibition will be on view at the Hudgens from Dec. 1 to Feb. 19, and will include a video slide show of works by all the artists who entered the competition.

Here is information on the five finalists, supplied by the Hudgens:

  • Ruth Dusseault is an Atlanta-based photographer whose work deals with architecture and human environments. Currently an Artist-in-Residence at Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture, Dusseault’s many projects include Play War, in which the artist investigates the growing trend of recreational battlefields. Another of her projects, Atlantic Steel Redevelopment, chronicles the transformation of a historic industrial site in midtown Atlanta, the largest urban re-development project in the United States. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally, including a 2006 exhibit at The High Museum of Art and the 2005 International Convergence exhibition in Beijing, China. Visit www.ruthdusseault.com to learn more about this artist.
  • Hope Hilton was born in Atlanta and is a cum laude graduate of the Atlanta College of Art and magna cum laude graduate of The City University of New York, Hunter College. Hilton is an artist who primarily investigates family narratives and its correlation to the history of slavery in the US. A mix of folklore, storytelling, and truth, her work often refers to under-recognized histories and the liminal space that holds them. Her work manifests itself in many ways in projects ranging from performance to drawing, and is typically site-specific and community-specific. Currently residing in a crooked farmhouse on a hilltop in Winterville, Hilton is co-founder of the artist collective Dos Pestañeos. Learn more about Hilton at www.hopehilton.com.
  • Gyun Hur was born in Daegu, Korea. Her artwork is strongly influenced by her experience of immigrating to the United States as a teenager. Through the use of installation, sculpture and performance, Hur explores themes of geographical and cultural identity, as well as cultural assimilation. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Georgia and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has performed and exhibited in Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, Seattle and Vermont. More information about Hur is available at http://gyunhur.com/home.html.
  • Scott Ingram currently lives and works in Atlanta. Ingram’s work investigates form and draws attention to the processes and materials used; influenced by Modern architecture and design, his sculpture, works on paper, and mixed media pieces are based in abstraction and geometric forms. Previously an Exhibitions Specialist at The High, he worked with such artists as Ellsworth Kelly and Anish Kapoor, who provided strong artistic inspiration. In Atlanta, he has exhibited at the Solomon Projects; the Sandler Hudson Gallery; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; the Retromodern; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; and the Atlanta Terminus. Information about Ingram is available at http://solomonprojects.com.
  • Jiha Moon is an Atlanta-based painter whose gestural, expressionistic paintings provide a multi-layered glimpse into a world of color and clouds. This Korean-born artist is obviously influenced by pop culture and the heady collision of East and West, and her art explores the questions of changing identities for individuals and cultures. Moon received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, and her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Asia Society and Museum; the Mint Museum in North Carolina; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Virginia. More information about Moon is available at http://www.jihamoon.com.


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