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Art surely is a way of life in Lawrenceville with a newly formed partnership between the City and The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning. Master works from the Hudgens’ permanent collection can now be viewed at Lawrenceville City Hall. Works from the collection will rotate on an ongoing basis – providing new and exciting art for the enjoyment of the community.
The partnership began with important works from American painter and graphic artist, Ben Shahn, whose work centers around the Social Realism art movement. Shahn’s pieces on display feature portraits of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Frederick Douglass as well as imagery promoting interracial solidarity. Residents and visitors are encouraged to view the works on display on the Main Level of Lawrenceville’s City Hall at 70 S. Clayton Street.
“The addition of public art in City Hall supports our commitment to the arts and provides accessibility to fine art for residents and visitors,” said Mayor David Still. “The City is thrilled to display works from artists of many disciplines and backgrounds in our partnership with The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning.”
The exhibitions do not stop on the Main Level. Future exhibitions of student work, local artists, and historical pieces are set to be installed on all levels of City Hall, making the building a perfect location to view a variety of public art styles. Art in Lawrenceville blends business, lifestyle, and talent together for a heart-art-smart community for all to enjoy.
"The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning is incredibly excited to partner with the City of Lawrenceville to share and display artwork from The Hudgens' impressive permanent collection in City Hall,” said Hudgens Center Executive Director, Laura Ballance. “Our permanent collection includes hundreds of pieces, from Great Masters like Picasso, Kandinsky and Miro, to revered local artists such as Steffen Thomas and Mary Kistner. We believe these important works should be enjoyed by all and bring inspiration to the next generation of creative thinkers."
Established as Gwinnett Council for the Arts in 1981, The Hudgens has pioneered arts enrichment programs and community engagement through the arts in Gwinnett.
For additional information regarding the City of Lawrenceville, visit www.lawrencevillega.org or follow the city on social media. For more information about The Hudgens Center, visit www.thehudgens.org.