Grants for Artists
For our current open call, we have increased grant awards to $3,500.
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 Nancy Dayanne Valladares
Selby Nimrod is Assistant Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Since joining the List Center in 2018, she has organized exhibitions with Rami George, Cindy Ji Hye Kim, and the traveling presentation of Nayland Blake’s major survey, No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake, and assisted on solo presentations of the work of Ericka Beckman, Christine Sun Kim, Alicja Kwade, and Farah Al Qasimi, among others. Currently, Selby is working with Andrew Norman Wilson and Sharona Franklin on forthcoming solo presentations. Previously, she held positions at SculptureCenter, New York, and Site Projects, New Haven. She has organized group exhibitions, screenings, and performances at institutions including the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York; the Kitchen, New York; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Seton Gallery at the University of New Haven; and a swimsuit factory, among others. Her writing has appeared in Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, AQNB, and Big Red & Shiny as well as in several journals and catalogues, including the recently published monograph on Ericka Beckman from Hirmer Verlag. She earned an undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of St Andrews, Scotland and an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Selby is the recipient of a 2020 Étant donnés Curatorial Research Fellowship from the French American Cultural Exchange.
María Elena Ortiz is a Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where she is spearheading the Caribbean Cultural Institute (CCI). At PAMM, Ortiz has organized several projects including Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection (2020); The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art (2019); Latinx Art Sessions (2019); william cordova: now’s the time (2018); Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors (2016); Ulla von Brandenburg: It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon (2017); Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future (2016); and Firelei Báez: Bloodlines (2015). Ortiz has contributed to writing platforms such as the Davidoff Art Initiative, Terremoto Magazine, and others. A recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, Ortiz’s curatorial practice is informed by the connections between Latinx, Latin American, and Black communities in the US and the Caribbean.
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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You will be forwarded to the application page after payment. You will also receive an email confirmation with a link to the application form.
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