The Hopper Prize: Grants for Artists

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Juan Gris, Still Life, oil on canvas

Support for Artists

The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital platform offering a series of individual artist fellowships totaling $5,000.00 USD.

Organization Overview
The Hopper Prize was established for the sole purpose of advancing the field of visual art by providing direct financial assistance to artists in the form of unrestricted fellowships.

We view the field of visual arts in its broadest and most inclusive sense and therefore make our awards available to artists engaged in artistic practices spanning all methods of production. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest curators on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future potential. Our program seeks to support artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field and who currently need direct financial support to further their artistic practice.

Program Highlights

Grants + Connections + Exposure

$5,000.00 USD

Artists Will Each Receive $1,000.00 USD

Artists Will Be Shortlisted and their Work Archived at

Artists Work Will Be Reviewed By The Hopper Prize Team


© Julien Moreau

Meet the Curators

The Hopper Prize selection panel is composed of leading international contemporary art curators.

Misa Jeffereis
Assistant Curator
Contemporary Art Museum
St. Louis

Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Misa Jeffereis, 2017

Misa Jeffereis is Assistant Curator at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. From 2014 to 2017 Jeffereis was Curatorial Assistant in Visual Arts, and Public Programs Associate at the Walker Art Center, where she curated Lee Kit: Hold your breath dance slowly (2016), the artist’s first solo museum show in the US, and co-curated Art at the Center: Guerrilla Girls (2016), as well as organized two conferences, New Circuits: Curating Contemporary Performance (2015) and Avant Museology (2016). From 2012 to 2014, she was Public Programs and Research Coordinator at Independent Curators International in New York, and from 2007 to 2010, Jeffereis was Curatorial Associate at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, where she curated exhibitions on Jeppe Hein, Milton Rogovin, and Chiho Aoshima. She co-curated the exhibition Do Something Else: Robert Filliou, Francis Alÿs, Joseph Grigely, and Michael E. Smith at The Artist’s Institute (2010). Jeffereis has essays published in the exhibition catalogues, Notations: The Cage Effect NOW (2011), Lee Kit: Never (2016), and Ordinary Pictures (2016); and she was a regular contributor to Walker Art Center’s Sightlines. Jeffereis holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College, New York.

Magdalyn Asimakis
Curator & Writer

New York & Toronto

Magdalyn Asimakis, Curator, Writer, Advisor

Magdalyn Asimakis, 2017

Magdalyn Asimakis is an independent curator, writer and advisor working between Toronto and New York. With a background in both theory-based and object-based curatorial practices, she is currently pursuing a PhD in modern and contemporary art history at Queen’s University. Prior to that Magdalyn was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2016). She has worked with Wedge Curatorial Projects, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Gallery of Ontario where she was on the curatorial team for the exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time, which travelled to the Guggenheim Bilbao. Additionally, she co-curated, along with Jared Quinton and Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe, That I am Reading Backwards and Into for a Purpose, To Go On: at The Kitchen (2017), along with a publication and related programming, including a conversation between Yvonne Rainer and Gregg Bordowitz and a performance by Aisha Sasha John at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Magdalyn’s most recent exhibition, Curtis Santiago: Constructing Return, opened in September 2017 at the University of Saskatchewan College Art Galleries. Magdalyn has also engaged in advisory work with Art Omi and Rebuild Foundation’s Black Artist Retreat. Her writing has been published in BlackFlash Magazine, Brooklyn Rail and in several museum publications.

Marsden Hartley

Our Mission

We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. We are seeking to support 30 artists by

Providing Direct Financial Support via Individual Artist Grants
Connecting Artists with Curators
Providing a Platform to Gain Visibility

© Christian Fregnan

Open to Everyone

All Artists Are Encouraged to Apply


Winning artists will be published on The Hopper Prize website


The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media


There is a non-refundable submission fee due with your application based on the number of images submitted

We Accept Entries in all Media

Painting Photography Sculpture
Drawing Video Performance
Conceptual Experimental Installation

John Singer Sargent

How To Apply

Follow these instructions to complete your application.

Visit the Apply Section and select how many images you would like to submit.
Pay your submission fee via Paypal.
After your payment is complete, you will be directed to a submission form where you can upload your images.
Use the online form to upload JPGs of your work. You will have the option to include title, date, medium, and size for all work submitted. An artist statement is also optional, but not required (please limit statements to 500 words).

Image Upload Specifications

JPG files should not exceed 1920 pixels on their longest dimension. Individual image files should not exceed 1 megabyte.

Please name your image files using this format:


If you are submitting video art or documentation of performance art, upload a single frame JPG as a cover image, then use the indicated field to enter a URL to a video hosting service such as Youtube or Vimeo.

Show Us Your Work

The deadline to apply for The Hopper Prize has passed. Recipients and shorlisted artists will be announced later this summer.

Egon Schiele


Our organization supports individual artists through two primary modes: unrestricted grantmaking and a digital publication and archiving platform.

30 artists will be selected to have an image of their work, their biographies, and links to their personal websites archived at

Our aim is to build a comprehensive database of prize recipients and shortlisted artists that will serve as a resource for curators, gallery owners, collecters, and arts enthusiasts.

© Stacy Wyss

Why Participate?

The Hopper Prize gives $5,000.00 USD in grant awards

Our jurors are leading contemporary curators

30 artists will be exhibited at

The Hopper Prize network will introduce your work to curators and collectors worldwide

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