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OUR MISSION

The Hudgens Center is devoted to showcasing artwork in its permanent collection and collaborate with local, national artists and curators to develop a range of exhibitions for its galleries. To achieve its mission to further education, the center offers an array of classes in a variety of mediums.

OUR STAFF

The dedicated staff of the Hudgens Center provides our community with the best exhibitions and educational opportunities.

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LAURA BALLANCE

Executive

Director

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CONNIE NORMAN

Director of Education

& Outreach

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CRICKET ELLIOTT

Business Operations Manager

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KATE DRISCOLL

Curator, Exhibitions & Permanent Collection

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YESHA PANCHAL

Ceramics

Studio Manager

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JOHN AWTREY

Marketing Manager

Awtrey Media Group

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CALLY D'ANGELO

Rental & Event Coordinator

Dialogue Event Agency

OUR HISTORY

The Gwinnett Council for the Arts was formed in 1981 and renamed the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for Arts and Learning in 2016. The organization’s first home was the 2,000-square foot Williams House in Lawrenceville. It moved to the 7,000-square foot historic Lawrenceville Post Office and remained there until 1993, when it moved to its current location and renamed the Jaqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts in 2016.

The center is named in honor of the wife of Scott Hudgens, one of the most influential businessmen in the history of Gwinnett County. 

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A native of Atlanta, Mr. Hudgens began his career by developing single-family moves and graduated to constructing apartments, medical centers, nursing homes and office parks. He is best known for developing shopping centers in the Atlanta area, starting with Greenbriar Mall and Towne Center before building Gwinnett Place Mall, the first major shopping complex in Gwinnett County. He completed the Mall of Georgia in Buford on his 75th birthday.

 

Mr. Hudgens was a philanthropist who gave money to projects like the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter and the Peachtree Christian Hospice, which was built on the land he donated. He also donated the land for the Georgia National Cemetery for veterans in Canton. 

Mr. Hudgens died in 2000 at age 77. His legacy continues through the Scott Hudgens Family Foundation, which funds local charities.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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NANCY HARRIS

Board Chair,

Former Mayor of Duluth

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KEVIN JONES

Vice Chair,

Oconee State Bank

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GREG JOHNSON

Board Secretary,

Good Samaritan Health

Centers of Gwinnett

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DEBRA KAY JEFFERSON

Board Treasurer,

Attorney at Law,

Private Practice

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CHARISSE THOMAS

PayChex

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TOM FRANCIS

Savannah College of

Art & Design

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JT WU

Meadowlark Title

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KRISTEN JOINER

Gas South District

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KRISTEN NELSON

Georgia-Pacific

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QUENTIN MOSES

Queue Health

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MELISSA BOWEN

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MICHAEL BROWN

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MADDISEN MORDEN

Buice Center, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Artist and Fabricator

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OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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KATE AWTREY-KING

Immediate Past Chair,

Awtrey Media Group

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DANIEL SOSEBEE

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DONNA RAPER

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JOE MIRANDA

Past Treasurer,

MST

Past Secretary,

PKF International

Graphic Designer &

Artist

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