Duluth to welcome artist fresh from award

August 30, 2013 by  

An artist who scooped a prestigious award this month has been handed the chance to showcase her work at Duluth‘s Hudgens Center for the Arts at a later date.

Pam Longobardi from Atlanta came out on top amid a group of nearly 400 applicants when she picked up the Hudgens Prize, and the $50,000 that comes with it, at the venue on August 10.

The jury of art experts went for her collection of installations and sculptures ahead of exhibits from fellow Atlanta artists Robbie Land and Chris Chambers, as well as Statesboro native Chris Larson. The prize is only awarded to artists from this state, but is widely known nationwide and gets one of the largest responses in the United States.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Longobardi said:

“It has been an honor and a privilege to get to know my fellow finalists, formidable competitors all. I am overwhelmed by the support of the jurors, the Hudgens, and the community of Atlanta.”

The award winner, who will no doubt have to update her digital business cards to include a mention of the honor, has traveled all over the world showcasing both group work and individual exhibits. She works at Atlanta’s Georgia State University and her work is known for its emphasis on contemporary life.

It is still possible for art fans to get a glimpse of what the judges had to decide between, as the pieces will remain on display at the Hudgeons, based on Sugarlands Parkway, until September 7.