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Posted on: August 23, 2022

Lawrenceville Continues Partnership with the Hudgens Center for Art & Learning

Photograph of athletic ballet dancer by Richard Calmes

Art undoubtedly has a place in Lawrenceville with the continuation of a strong partnership between the City of Lawrenceville and The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning. Three new exhibitions from the Hudgens’ permanent collection are currently on display at Lawrenceville City Hall for all to enjoy. 

“The City is proud to continue and expand our partnership with The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning,” said Mayor David Still. “With new pieces on display, fine art is now even more accessible to residents and visitors of our art-centered community.” 

The partnership continues with works from local artists ranging from inspiring photographs to colorful paintings installed throughout City Hall. On the Lower Level, visitors will find black and white landscape photographs from Georgia Nature Photographers Association members, a group dedicated to helping nature photographers of all skill levels improve their photography while sharing their appreciation for the natural world. The Main Level highlights artful photographs featuring the skilled dancers of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre by Richard Calmes. Calmes has garnered international acclaim with over 30 magazine covers and a solo show at the National Museum of Dance in New York. The Third Level features various works from The Hudgens’ smART Honors Program, a nine-month program for Gwinnett County high school students who wish to grow their talent and create a professional art portfolio, all tuition–free. Teachers recommend students for the program who show artistic talent but cannot afford private art lessons to hone their craft. The student work can also be viewed on the downtown square’s digital kiosks. 

“The Hudgens is tremendously proud of our ability to engage and support traditionally underserved students and individuals through the arts,” said The Hudgens Executive Director Laura Ballance. “The exhibition of artwork from the 2022 class of the smART Honors Program at Lawrenceville City Hall allows us to promote The Hudgens outreach initiatives and, more importantly, the inspiring efforts of these students beyond the walls of a gallery or museum. We aim to bring the arts in Gwinnett to everyday places throughout our community to be appreciated and enjoyed by all.”

Residents and visitors are encouraged to view the works displayed throughout Lawrenceville’s City Hall at 70 S. Clayton Street. 

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.

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