Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 20, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 20, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 31
Three Students Recognized for Contributions to Arts at JHU

By Heather Egan Stalfort
JHU Museums

Three students have been recognized for their contributions to the arts at Johns Hopkins. Paul Eliasson, a luthier and political science major in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts for 2009. The $1,500 prize will be presented at a special luncheon in May. Composer/singer Njeri Osbourne, a senior majoring in African studies, Latin American studies and the Writing Seminars, and Brigitte Warner, a senior in the Writing Seminars who excels in drawing cartoons, each received the President's Commendation for Achievement in the Arts.

The Sudler Arts Prize is awarded to the graduating senior from Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing or Peabody, or the fourth-year medical student, who, in the opinion of the prize committee, has demonstrated excellence and the highest standards of proficiency in performance, execution or composition in music, theater, dance, fiction, poetry, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film or video.

Eliasson was recognized for his guitar making, having submitted six guitars that he designed and made. The Sudler Prize Committee said it was struck by the marriage of art and design exemplified in the instruments, each of which was visually stunning and quite different from the others.

The President's Commendation for Achievement in the Arts, given this year to two applicants, recognizes graduating seniors at Homewood who demonstrate artistic excellence and have also used art in service to the campus community.

Osbourne's selection was based on the extent of her leadership and involvement in the Johns Hopkins musical community, both as a performer and as founder of the Vivaz Performing Arts Co. Warner impressed the committee not only with her extensive portfolio of cartoons but with her highly effective service as "cartoons, etc." editor of The Johns Hopkins News-Letter.


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