the following is from the july hudgens center newsletter, and is the first news we’ve had about the contest since before the deadline. only 350 applications! that means they raised only $17,500 from all the entrants, and much of that money went for a yearly membership to the hudgens center, as if.
i’d expected they’d be able to get 1000 artists who live in georgia hopeful and greedy enough to pay $50 each, and raise the $50,000 they need for their prize that way. personally i doubt this prize will ever be awarded.
this is a small county arts center, with fewer than 5 full time employees. the secret donor has the 50k, of course – according to the press release – but i always doubted the money was ready in hand. we may figure this out at some point, but it’s still a mystery here on the ground. because nobody in the arts here in georgia knows anything about this contest. that in itself is suspicious. everyone should know all about it soon after it was announced. i mean, the chance of winning $50,000 at once, wow, too good to be true. but nobody knows anything. they just respin the press release and show no curiosity, no suspicion. it’s kind of like the willful blindness happening with the gulf oil spill.
i just hope that the painting detail they’ve chosen as the icon of the contest (below) isn’t representative of the kind of art they’re looking for. phoo-yuck.
The Hudgens Prize
Entries for The Hudgens Prize exceeded our expectations and numbered over 350.
We’d like to welcome all our new members who joined us through this competition, and wish you each the best of luck!
All artists will be notified by mail, postmarked on or before August 30, of whether or not they’ve been chosen as Finalists.
The Finalists’ Exhibition will take place in November.