Sculptor Olu Amoda has been awarded this year’s Hudgens Prize. The prize comes with a cash award of $50,000 and a solo exhibition at the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for Art and Learning in 2023.

“I would like to congratulate the other finalists for their exquisite body of work. The Hudgens Prize finalists’ exhibition’s strength is in the diversity of artistic expression, and it is a great honor and privilege to share the same platform. This prize, in its true sense, is a winning prize for all visual artists in America,” said Amoda.

The other Hudgens Prize finalists were Shanequa Gay, Jessica Self, and Jamele Wright.

The Hudgens Prize promotes the arts in Georgia by offering a transformational opportunity for the winning artist. Born in Warri, Nigeria, Amoda earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Georgia Southern University in 2009, and has since made Georgia his home.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts is located on the Gas South District campus in Duluth. For more information about art exhibitions, events and classes at The Hudgens, visit the website at

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