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Artist Bethany Collins is obsessed with words.

Her latest obsession, the word "blue," is explored in a new exhibit called “with the exception of the sky” currently on view at the Hudgens Center for the Arts through May 21.

After delving more into the history of "blue," Collins discovered more overtones to the word and color.

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Atlanta-based artist Bethany Collins is the recipient of the 2015 Hudgens Prize.

The award, now in its third year, is intended to elevate the visual arts in Georgia. Winners receive a $50,000 cash award and the opportunity to have a solo exhibition. 

"My work very much concerns issues of race and identity and language, and the inability of language to actually speak to those former two topics," Collins explained.

"How much can language capture about race and identity?"