Since its inception in 2001, the Washington Award has recognized talented artists in the fields of, music, dance and visual arts especially those who contribute to international cultural collaboration. 

This year we are excited to announce the amount of the Washington Award will be increased to a cash prize of $10,000. In addition, the Awards Committee may designate a Grand Prize winner who will receive an additional $5,000.  Award winners are honored annually in the spring at the Washington Awards Ceremony.  Applications for the 2019 Washington Award are closed and winners will be announced in January 2019.

The 2018 winners included Grand Prize-winning choreographer Gabrielle Lamb and Washington Award winners Sara Daneshpour (Piano), Alicia Eggert (Interdisciplinary Artist), Paul Wiancko (Composer) and Yoshie Ueno (Flutist). Each of these forward-thinking artists is pushing the boundaries of their artistic and performance practices. To learn more about the 2018 winners click here.



Award Selection Committee

Diane Kanca
Partner, VouteLohrfink Magro & McAndrew, LLP
Michael Djupstrom
Pianist, Composer and winner of the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize (2013)
Robert Dwyer
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Mary Early
Director of HEMPHILL Fine Arts
Sarah Ewing
Director, S.J. Ewing & Dancers
Philip Kennicott
Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post
Co-Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer

Previous Winners

Saeka Matsuyama
S&R Founders Award Winner
Maro Vandorou
Mana Konishi


2016 Washington Awardees (Left to Right) Gilad Hochman, Seeta Patel, Maggie Finnegan, Karen Ouzonian, Saad Haddad
2016 Washington Awards Ceremony