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.

2019 applications are now open through August 3, 2018. Click here to apply.

Please thoroughly read the Eligibility RequirementsTerms & Conditions, and FAQ page before beginning the application process.

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

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
Diane Kanca
Partner, VouteLohrfink Magro & McAndrew, LLP
Philip Kennicott
Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post

Previous Winners

Keico Wantanabe
Painter
Composer
Mixed media (Sculpture, Photography, Installation)
Choreography
Grand Prize

Galleries

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