Paul Stephen Benjamin wins $50,000 Hudgens Prize

Atlanta artist Paul Stephen Benjamin has won the Hudgens Prize, one of the largest cash awards given to an individual artist in the nation

Featured image: Paul Stephen Benjamin, Flow (installation view)

by Andrew Alexander
October 5, 2019

On Saturday night, October 5, Atlanta artist Paul Stephen Benjamin was announced as the winner of the 2019 Hudgens Prize of $50,000, one of the largest cash awards given to an individual artist in the entire nation. Benjamin works in video installation, painting, assemblage, and sculpture. Just prior to winning the award, Benjamin also received a prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation earlier in the week.

Benjamin was born in Chicago. He holds a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MFA from Georgia State University. Benjamin’s work is currently on view at the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Washington, and at the Zuckermam Museum of Art, Kennesaw, Georgia. In 2018 Benjamin also exhibited at the Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center for Art in Savanah Georgia.

Paul Stephen Benjamin

His video installation God Bless America was included in the Fictions exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem, additionally he had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia. In 2016 Benjamin exhibited Black is the Color at the High Museum of Art. He is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently The Southern Art Prize, The State Fellow of Georgia and the MOCA GA Working Artist Project which resulted in his 2017 exhibition Pure Black. Benjamin has also received an Artadia Award, a Winnie B. Chandler Fellowship, and a Hambidge Fellowship.

The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning hosted the first $50,000 competition for Georgia artists in 2010 with award winner Gyun Hur’s solo exhibition in 2011. Atlanta artist, Pam Longobardi was the 2013 Hudgens Prize recipient, and Bethany Collins was the winner in 2015. Lauri Stallings is the most recent recipient and her work was on display in 2018. 

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