Grants for Artists
We provide unrestricted cash grants in the amount of $3,500 and $1,000 to artists around the globe.
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.
12 artists receive funding annually (6 in Spring, 6 in Fall)
4 Artists Will Each Receive $3,500.00 USD (2 in Spring, 2 in Fall)
8 Artists Will Each Receive $1,000.00 USD (4 in Spring, 4 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.
Photo by Jörg Meyer
Laura Phipps is an assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is the curator of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work, and editor of the accompanying catalogue. Phipps has been at the Whitney since the summer of 2009, and her other recent projects include Around Day’s End: Downtown NYC 1970-1985, and Virginia Overton: Sculpture Gardens. She has also co-curated projects with Andrea Fraser, Michele Abeles and the show Flatlands of emerging painters. As co-chair of the Museum’s Indigenous Art, Artists and Audiences Working Group, Phipps has led institutional engagement and collaboration with Indigenous artists.
She has served on the grant selection committee of the The Velocity Fund and Rema Hort Mann Foundation, as a visiting curator at the University of Houston, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace and Smackmellon Studio Program, and as a guest curator at the Kentler Drawing Center, Brooklyn. Prior to the Whitney, Phipps worked in the curatorial department and director’s office of the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth. She received her MA, Art History at Hunter College, CUNY and BFA, Studio Art and BS, Psychology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Rachel Winter is the Assistant Curator at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, and an art historian of modern and contemporary West Asia and North Africa. Winter recently curated the major exhibition Blind Spot: Stephanie Syjuco, which was supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Prior to that, she was part of the curatorial team that realized LaToya Ruby Frazier: Flint Is Family In Three Acts (2022), a collaborative, multi-site exhibition that brought the three acts of Frazier’s photographic series about the Flint water crisis to Michigan for the first time, and Zaha Hadid Design: Untold (2022), the largest retrospective of work by Zaha Hadid Design to date. She is now co-editing Samia Halaby: Centers of Energy with Elliot Josephine Leila Reichert, which will be published in spring 2024. Her future curatorial projects include Samia Halaby: Eye Witness (2024), and exhibitions featuring weaver Kayla Mattes (2024), and painter Nabil Kanso (2025); for her project focusing on Nabil Kanso, Winter was awarded the inaugural Salwa Mikdadi Research Award from the Association for Modern + Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran + Turkey.
Winter is also completing her Ph.D. in art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation explores how art museums in the US and UK came to be interested in the idea of contemporary art from the Middle East in the 1970s. Her doctoral research was supported by grants from the Albert and Elaine Borchard European Studies Fellowship, the Decorative Arts Trust, and the Center for Craft, among others. She writes broadly about modern and contemporary art from the SWANA region, American art, and museums, and has published her research in Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, and react/review: a responsive journal for art & architecture.
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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The deadline to apply for The Hopper Prize has passed.
Grant winners and finalists for the most recent awards cycle will be announced February 26th.
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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 $22,000 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