Laura Ballance

Laura Ballance, who has grown a reputation for creative thinking, development and innovation within the arts community, was named Executive Director of the Hudgens Center for Art and Learning in Duluth in April 2020.

After launching her career at Atlanta College of Art and the Woodruff Arts Center almost 25 years ago, Ballance, an Atlanta native, has held various positions in arts management, arts educational programming, fundraising and development. Prior to her role at the Hudgens, she spent more than a decade with Savannah College of Art and Design and has worked with the National Art Honor Society, the Georgia Art Education Association, and The College Board, coordinating Advanced Placement curriculum training for high school educators of Studio Art and Art History. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Art Education Association.

As Executive Director at the Hudgens Center, Ballance has cultivated partnerships with Gwinnett County, the City of Lawrenceville, the City of Duluth and area CIDs, among others, in an effort to promote and prioritize the visual arts throughout our larger community.

Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from Georgia State University. She is an active member of multiple civic and professional organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County, and Sapphire Youth Development Center. Ballance, also, served on the Advisory Council for the launch of the School of the Arts (SOTA) at Central Gwinnett High School, and continues to serve on the Executive Committee for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual benefit for ALS research and patient care.

Joanne M Hernandez

Joanne M Hernandez, an Atlanta native, is a professional jeweler/metalsmith, artist and instructor. She currently teaches weekly jewelry/metalsmithing classes and specialized workshops, as well as serves as the Jewelry Department Coordinator at the Spruill Center for the Arts in Dunwoody, GA since 2009. From 1997 to 2013, she worked for celebrated Master Enamelist Ricky Frank as his primary fabricator and in many other capacities in his jewelry business. She received her BFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from GSU in 1997. She is a maker of both fine art and craft in many mediums, including metal and gemstones, fiber, ceramics, and drawing/2-D for sale, specific commissions, and joyful compulsion.

Audrey Morrison

Audrey Morrison is an Atlanta-based artist and designer.

Degrees include a BFA in Sculpture from Atlanta College of Art in 2005, and an MFA in Sculpture from SCAD in 2008. Both degrees are accompanied by minors in Printmaking and Ceramics

Her expertise and versatility of materials demonstrate her passion for design and have guided her career to a unique visual voice. She has worked with artists such as Patrick Dougherty, interning on one of his site specific woven stick sculptures in Palmetto Bluff, SC, 2008. She recently was able to work with him again as a volunteer on the GA Tech campus, where you can see one of his more recent works. She has also collaborated with Atlanta-based performance artist Lauri Stallings and glo, helping with the creation of masks and worn sculptures by the dancers for performance. She has also had a career working as a visual artist for the retail company Anthropologie, where for 8 years she did prototyping and store displays.  Currently, Audrey is a product designer/ Art Director for a local Atlanta accessories company, INK+ALLOY.

Brandon Morrison

Brandon Morrison owns IBLet Studio in Grant Park. Brandon is an artist that lives and works in Atlanta, GA. He produces and shows work at IBLet Studio in Grant Park. His paintings include elements of cubism, abstract expressionism, collage, and graffiti. 

Brandon received a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University, studying Humanities and Philosophy, and continued his studies at the Atlanta College of Art. https://ibletstudio.com/

Charles Pinkney

Charles Pinckney has been working as a metal smith for nearly 40 years.  His passion for metalwork is seen in every piece that he produces.  His work not only represents his love for jewelry design, but also explores his childhood memories and personal journey.  Charles painstakingly designs and crafts his work with great attention to detail, resulting in works of art that are one-of-a-kind treasures.  Charles lives and works in Athens, GA. 



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April 16th, 4:06 pm

💥Exciting news! Jazmin Cruz from South Atlanta High School took home the People's Choice Award at this year's Atlanta High School Art Exhibition (AHSAE). Visitors to the festival picked her piece, Can You Bloom With Me, as their favorite. Way to go, Jazmin! ... See MoreSee Less

💥Exciting news! Jazmin Cruz from South Atlanta High School took home the Peoples Choice Award at this years Atlanta High School Art Exhibition (AHSAE). Visitors to the festival picked her piece, Can You Bloom With Me, as their favorite. Way to go, Jazmin!

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Congratulations 🎉🎈🎊


Wow, congrats! Jazmin's art piece must be amazing. 🎨👏

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When will y’all’s 2025 application become available?

Was a great festival and seemed larger this year than ever before. Perfect weather didn't hurt either!!

I feel like this batch of artists was the best in a number of years.

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