The Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts is a $1,500 prize awarded for excellence in performance, execution, or composition in one of the arts, which include but are not limited to:

  • Music: voice, instrumental, electronic, composition
  • Theater + Performance Art: acting, direction/management, design/technical
  • Dance: ballet, modern, jazz, tap, ethnic, choreography
  • Creative Writing: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama
  • Film + New Media: video production, computer animation
  • Visual Art: painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, mixed media, digital media

Students who wish to be considered for both the Sudler Arts Prize and the President's Commendation for Achievement in the Arts must submit two separate applications.


The following students are eligible to apply:

  • Graduating undergraduate seniors in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduating undergraduate seniors in the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering
  • Graduating undergraduate seniors in the Peabody Institute, Conservatory of Music (Note: Peabody students may not compete in music.)
  • Fourth-year students in the School of Medicine

Students must be in good standing and on track to receive a graduating degree at Commencement. Only individual students may apply. Group applications are not accepted.

Mr. Louis Sudler intended that the Sudler Prize be an avocational award, reserved for highly talented amateurs rather than for pre-professional students in the arts. Students whose major field of study relates to one of the arts may not submit to that category.

Selection Criteria + Evidence of excellence, artistry, and high standards of technical proficiency in one of the arts
+ Pursuit of one of the arts as an avocation rather than as a career goal

For required materials, visit the Sudler Prize website.

11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, March 24, 2024
Online applications need to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. No late applications can be accepted, and all requested materials (including recommendations) should be turned in by this time.

  • 2023–24 Submission Deadlines Each art category has different requirements, so be sure you are sending in a complete application for your area of interest.

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