The Hopper Prize was established to provide grants, visibility, and career enhancing validation to artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to their work.
We accept submissions for grants through a bi-annual open call. Each grant cycle is juried by a new team of contemporary curators who select grant winners on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future potential.
We view the field of visual art in its broadest and most inclusive sense and therefore make our awards available to artists working in any media.
10 artists each receive $1,000 USD annually (5 in Spring, 5 in Fall)
30 artists from each grant cycle (60 annually) will have their work archived at hopperprize.org
When you apply, you may select to have your work considered for additional exposure on Instagram @hopperprize
The Hopper Prize selection panel is composed of leading international contemporary art curators.
Jurors for the current grant cycle are profiled below.
Christine Koppes is the Curator and Director of Public Programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). Koppes is dedicated to curating exhibitions that promote awareness and appreciation of contemporary art and culture with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists. Recent projects include Sense of Self (2019), a group exhibition of photographers who explore identity and selfhood through portraiture, as well as a collaboration with the LGBTQ Youth Space for programming and a supplemental exhibition. Koppes also curated Surreal Sublime (2018), which explored psychedelic landscapes, and Personal Alchemy (2020) an exhibition of three artists who use art as a tool for healing and combating anxiety. She has also organized multiple large site-specific installations with artists such as Tracey Snelling and Soo Sunny Park. Koppes also manages the public programs at the ICA, which includes a lecture series called Talking Art and First Friday events that focus on performances and hands-on activities. In 2019 she introduced Art Hangs, a series of pop-up art events throughout downtown San Jose.
Jade Powers is the assistant curator at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri where she has organized exhibitions including Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, Abstracted Wonders: The Power of Lines, Color Application, and Child’s Play: An Exploration of Adolescence. Upcoming projects at the Kemper Museum include Atrium Project: Joiri Minaya and Dawoud Bey: Selections from Night Coming Tenderly, Black. Before joining the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Powers was the 2017-2018 Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum. There, Powers created the first museum-wide gallery guide to comprehensively highlight works by artists of African descent and began research for the 2019 exhibition, Shape of Abstraction, showcasing a gift of over 80 abstract works by African American artists. Powers has also been a Visiting Critic at Washington University St. Louis, University of Kansas, and the Kansas City Art Institute as well as a juror for several artist awards.
We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. We are seeking to support 60 artists annually by
Providing Direct Financial Support via Individual Artist Grants
Connecting Artists with Curators
Providing a Platform to Gain Visibility
All Artists Are Encouraged to Apply
Winning artists will have their work archived at hopperprize.org
The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media
There is a $40 submission fee due with your application
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In addition to grant recipients, our curators select a shortlist of 60 artists annually (30 in Spring & 30 in Fall) to have their work archived alongside grant winners.
Being included in our archive of past grant winners places your work in an international discourse with high profile contemporaries.
These elevated portfolio presentations function as a growing resource for curators, gallery owners, collectors, and arts enthusiasts.
Get financial support for your practice. The Hopper Prize gives $10,000 in grants annually.
Get your work in front of high profile curators. Our jurors are leaders in their field.
Selected artists will have their work archived at hopperprize.org.
Additional artists will be featured on our Instagram feed @hopperprize