A violinist plays next to a metal sculpture in a stairwell.
Sudler Prize Winner Bertrand Stone in MIT Building 2.

Louis Sudler Prize

The Louis Sudler Prize is presented annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence or the highest standards of proficiency in music, theater, painting, sculpture, design, architecture or film. An endowment fund provides a $2,500 award to the honoree.

Cycle: Annual
 
Eligibility: Graduating MIT Senior
 
Process: Nomination by faculty or staff (Self-nominations not accepted)

An actress holds a skull in a production of Hamlet.
Wiesner Student Art Award Recipient Tal Scully playing Hamlet in the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble's production of Hamlet. Credit: Alex Konradi.

Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards

The Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards are presented annually to up to four students (undergraduate or graduate), living groups, organizations or activities for outstanding achievement in and contributions to the arts at MIT. An endowment fund provides a $2,000 award to each recipient.

Cycle: Annual
 
Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate Students at MIT
 
Process: Nomination by faculty or staff (Self-nominations not accepted)

A student looks closely at a sculpture made of wood, metal, and wires.
ACT Graduate and 2018 Schnitzer Prize Second Place Recipient Nicolás Kisic Aguirre with his Modular Rhythm Machine. Credit: Design Indaba.

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize

The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts is presented  to current MIT students, undergraduate and graduate, for excellence in a body of artistic work. Students submit an artistic portfolio for consideration, and a generous endowment awards first place $5,000, second prize $3,000, third prize $2,000, and honorable mention $1,000. Recipients also have the opportunity to display their work in a joint exhibition in the Wiesner Student Art Gallery.

The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts was established in 1996 through the generosity of Harold and Arlene Schnitzer of Portland, Oregon. Schnitzer, a real estate investor, graduated from MIT in 1944 with a degree in metallurgy.

Cycle: Annual

Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate Students at MIT

Process: Self-Nomination, Application with an Artistic Portfolio

Logo reading "McDermott: The Eugene Award in the Arts at MIT."
Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT

Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT

The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT recognizes rising, innovative talents and offers its recipient a $100,000 prize and a campus residency. The award may be given to an artist working in any field or cross-disciplinary activity, including architecture, creative writing, dance, design, filmmaking, media arts, music, theater and visual arts.

Cycle: Every other year
 
Eligibility: Artist working in any field or cross-disciplinary activity
 
Process: Requested nominations by Selection Committee

John Harbison looks at a violinist.
John Harbison. Photo: Jon Sachs.

György Kepes Fellowship Prize

The György Kepes Fellowship Prize is presented to a member of the MIT community who has demonstrated excellence in the creative arts, including architecture, visual and performing arts, and writing.

 

Cycle: As identified
 
Eligibility: MIT community members, with a focus on Faculty or Staff
 
Process: Nomination