Discover The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning

Founded over 35 years ago, we are a non-profit dedicated to spreading the love of art and learning throughout Gwinnett County. Our facility helps adults and children discover the power of imagination with fine art exhibitions, arts enrichment classes, self-guided tours, and community outreach programs.

Our History

Our History

What started as kitchen table chit-chat has grown into a dynamic and vibrant force in the community. Renamed The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning in 2016, the organization was first incorporated in 1981 as the Gwinnett Council for the Arts. In 1993 the organization moved into its current facility which boasts 34,000 square feet of exhibition and education space, including the award-winning Al Weeks Sculpture Garden, and became known as the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts.

Our Mission

Our Mission

The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning is dedicated to bringing art lovers, leaders, and learners together through quality programs and exhibits. We accomplish this through visual arts initiatives, such as year-round fine art exhibits and classes for all ages; as well as community arts initiatives which reach out to underserved students and residents throughout Gwinnett

2016 Strategic Plan

Building on the momentum of our rebrand, we are committed to reinvigorating the imaginations of Gwinnett County. We are ramping up our community outreach with plans to extend financial aid opportunities for Title 1 schools. We are also working to build more robust partnerships with community non-profits such as Rainbow Village and Hi-Hope. We will continue to showcase artwork from our permanent collection; collaborate with local and national artists and curators to develop dynamic exhibitions for our galleries; and offer a range of arts enrichment activities in our classrooms.

Our Team

Ife Williams Executive Director

Ife Williams

Executive Director

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Director of Operations

David Bell Director of Development

David Bell

Director of Development

Angela Nichols Director of  Exhibitions & Programs

Angela Nichols

Director of Exhibitions & Programs

Connie Norman Director of Education & Outreach

Connie Norman

Director of Education & Outreach

Vernon Smith Ceramics Studio Manager

Vernon Smith

Ceramics Studio Manager

Lois Young Guest Services & Volunteer Coordinator

Lois Young

Guest Services & Volunteer Coordinator

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Marketing Coordinator

Rhoda Fleck

Gift Shop Associate

Board of Directors

  • Chairman, Nancy Harris. Mayor, Duluth
  • Vice Chairman, Randy Winfield. Winfield Realty Group
  • Treasurer, Laurie L. McClain. McClain & Company
  • Secretary, Luke Snider. Merrill Lynch
  • Tom Barton. Coles Barton LLP
  • Sal Brownfield. Artist
  • Beth Colquitt. Bank of America
  • Tina A. Cox. KPMG
  • William Edwards. Georgia Power
  • Julia A. Fenton. Curator/Artist
  • Kristen Griffin. Merial
  • Jonathan Holmes. Mighty 8th Media
  • Trinity Hundredmark. Anderson, Tate & Carr
  • Laura A. Lawhon. Infinite Energy Center
  • William F. McCargo. B Mac & Associates
  • Michael Park. Group IBI
  • Brent Seyler. Delphi Communications
  • Yvonne N. Whitaker. NCR
  • Darrell Willms. Proof of the Pudding

Board of Trustees

  • Ethel Andersen
  • Robert Andrews
  • Betty Atkinson
  • Carolyn Bagheri
  • Beauty Baldwin
  • Pat Bolden
  • Rachel Bronnum
  • David Cross
  • Julia Davis
  • Janet Dunwody
  • Terry Gordon
  • Laura A. Grams
  • Stan Hall
  • Barbra Howard
  • Carole Kendall
  • Kathy LaSelva
  • Don Loggins
  • Caryn McGarity
  • Leslie Morgan
  • Judy Fowler Ottley
  • Nona Patterson
  • Johnnie Rowe
  • Bill Russell
  • Lauren Lambiase
  • Laurie Ann Kimbrell
  • Anne Soutter
  • Mary Louise Stark
  • Pat B. Swan
  • Judy Waters
  • Marion Webb
  • Peggy Woods