Installation view of kinetic-sonic sculpture, eleven colorful speakers attached to trunk of tree laying on a wood floor.
2020 Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts First Place Winner Nicole L'Huillier's Delira, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Council for the Arts at MIT Announces IAP 2021 Arts Funding Opportunities for Undergrads and Student Groups

The Council for the Arts at MIT will offer two art funding opportunities for IAP 2021 focused on undergraduates and student groups.  Special IAP Arts Funding for Undergraduates and Student Groups This one-time special funding opportunity will provide up to … Continued

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MIT students perform at the 150th Convocation. Credit: Dominick Reuter.

Student Performance Groups

In addition to these faculty-led performance groups, MIT boasts hundreds of student interest groups in dance, film, literary arts, music, theater and other interdisciplinary forms. From a cappella singing to improvisational comedy, origami folding to Bhangra dancing, students can choose from a diverse and lively array of arts activities on campus.

Visit for more information about student-led theater groups.

For a complete list of student-led interest groups, visit the MIT Association of Student Activities (ASA).

Public Art Collection

MIT’s Public Art Collection reaches across the Institute and may be enjoyed by MIT students and visitors alike. Outstanding examples of work by Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, and other major artists grace the MIT campus for all to view.

Explore the interactive Public Art Map

Gallery in the MIT museum.
MIT Museum. Credit: Judy Daniels.

MIT Museum

The MIT Museum’s galleries, exhibitions, demos, workshops, performances, conversations, and debates invite visitors to participate in the ongoing adventure of research and innovation. The Museum displays objects from it vast collection, and features rotating exhibitions on a wide range of … Continued

Free for MIT ID holders and the last Sunday of each month, September through June
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OPEN: Seven days a week, 10:00am–5:00pm, except major holidays

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995
Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995

List Visual Arts Center

The List Visual Arts Center is a creative laboratory that provides artists with a space to freely experiment and push existing boundaries. As the contemporary art museum at MIT, the List Center presents a dynamic program of six to nine … Continued

Admission and programs are FREE and open to the public
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OPEN: Tuesday–Sunday 12:00–6:00pm; and until 8:00pm on Thursdays. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

Image credit: Lenny Martinez.
Hacking Arts Festival, 2016.

Hacking Arts

From 2012 to 2019, the MIT Hacking Arts Festival was an annual conference that ignited cross-disciplinary innovation at MIT. Artists, engineers, and entrepreneurs came together for a two-day festival to take on challenges at the intersection of the arts and … Continued

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Chamber Chorus

The MIT Chamber Chorus is a group of about thirty undergraduate and graduate singers representing many disciplines at the Institute. It performs two concerts each year under the direction of Dr. William Cutter. Musical focus is placed on standard chamber … Continued

On March 25, 2017, the Grad Arts Forum invited the Boston community to the 8th Annual Graduate Arts Soiree. The celebrations included works of art and live performances by MIT graduate students. Credit: Joseph Lee.

Grad Arts Forum

The Graduate Arts Forum encourages artistic collaboration and intellectual discussions among MIT graduate students from different departments. The program organizes a series of three forums each term that promote and engage students interested in the arts at MIT through presentations, … Continued

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Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner

Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards

The Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards 

The Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards are presented annually to individual students (undergraduate or graduate) or MIT groups (.i.e., living groups, student organizations) for outstanding arts-related contributions to the MIT community. Up to four awards are made annually. An endowment fund provides a $2,000 award to each recipient.

Nominees should display a strong commitment to the arts as reflected in their participation in and leadership contributions to arts-related activities and organizations at MIT; the impact of those contributions and achievements on the MIT community; and the potential of their contributions to have a lasting impact at MIT.

MIT community members who are considering nominating individual student candidates based on significant contributions to a single student-led arts organization are encouraged to consider nominating the organization as an entity in recognition of the collective contributions and involvement of an organization’s leadership team and members.

Established by the Council for the Arts at MIT in 1979, these awards honor past MIT President Jerome B. Wiesner and Laya Wiesner for their commitment to the arts at MIT.


A historic image shows a man's face an the words "Baritone of Distinction Louis Sudler."
Louis Sudler

Louis Sudler Prize

The Louis Sudler Prize

The Louis Sudler Prize is presented annually to an individual graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence and 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.

Nominations are evaluated based on evidence of individual artistic excellence and achievement; evidence of strong commitment to the arts; and the potential to have a continued impact in the arts.

The prize was established in 1982 by Louis Sudler, a performer in the arts and an arts patron from Chicago.