Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts

Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts 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. The Prize was established in 1982 by Mr. Sudler, a performer in the arts and an arts patron from Chicago. An endowment fund provides a $2,500 award to the honoree. Learn more about the Sudler Prize in the Arts on the Arts at MIT website.

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Louis Sudler (1903–1992) was never a student, faculty member, or member of the MIT staff. He nevertheless established a Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts at MIT, as well as at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, the University of Chicago, Michigan State, Oberlin, Purdue, Duke, Emory, Rice, and Stanford. Sudler’s personal commitment to music and the encouragement of young musicians was lifelong. He performed nationwide as a soloist, and was a leading baritone with the Chicago Civic Opera. From 1960 until 1974, he was the producer and host of the Peabody Award-winning television show “Artists’ Showcase,” which presented over 500 young musical artists with orchestral accompaniment. In 1966, Mr. Sudler became the president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and, in 1971, its chairman.

Past Award Recipients


  • Theresa Clare Caso-McHugh '23


  • Valerie Chen '22


  • Sebastian Franjou '21


  • Venkatesh Sivaraman '20


  • Grace Yin '19


  • Bertrand Stone '18


  • Garrett Parrish ‘17


  • Daniel Joseph Parker '16


  • Peter Godart '15


  • Albert Wu ’14


  • Emily Su ‘13


  • Benjamin Bloomberg '12