Applicants sought for annual undergraduate arts prizes

Students who are in good standing and on track to receive a degree in May 2024 may simultaneously apply for both the university's annual undergraduate arts awards. An online application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, March 24, 2024. Full guidelines and submission details may be found at on the Sudler Prize website.

The Louis Sudler Prize for outstanding artistic talent and achievement in the composition or performance of music, drama, dance, or the visual arts is made to a graduating senior from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, or the Peabody Institute, or a fourth-year student in the School of Medicine. The Sudler Prize is given to a student whose submission is not related to his or her major field of study. The Sudler Prize winner receives a $1,500 cash award, and their name appears in the Commencement program.

The President's Commendation for Achievement in the Arts is awarded to a graduating senior who has made a significant contribution to the arts on the Homewood campus. Graduating seniors in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering may apply for the commendation. All art forms are eligible for consideration. The winner of the commendation receives a certificate, and their name appears in the Commencement program.

A committee of faculty and administrators from the Homewood campus, the Peabody Institute, and the School of Medicine will review nominees for the arts awards and their supporting materials and make recommendations to President Ron Daniels, who will make the final selections. Applicants will be notified no later than Friday, April 5, 2024. The winners will be honored at the universitywide Commencement ceremony held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, on Homewood Field, Homewood campus.

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts has been honoring undergraduate students with artistic talent since 1983. It was made possible through the generosity of Louis Sudler, a Chicago businessman and philanthropist who died in 1992. Besides Johns Hopkins, the award is given out at universities including Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Purdue, Duke, Rice, Stanford, Emory, Michigan State, Dartmouth College, Oberlin College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The President's Commendation for Achievement in the Arts was established in 1989 by Steven Muller, Johns Hopkins president from 1972 to 1990.

Any questions concerning the 2024 Sudler Prize and President's Commendation should be directed to Jasmine Jenkins (, senior administrative coordinator for Dean Moyar (, vice dean for humanities.