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Grants for Artists

The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totaling $22,000.00 USD.

For our current open call, we have increased grant awards to $3,500.

Organization
Overview

Support

Inclusivity

Visibility

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.

Program
Highlights

+ Grants

+ Features

+ Exposure

$22,000.00

12 Grants

12 artists receive funding annually (6 in Spring, 6 in Fall)

$3,500.00 x 4 Artists

4 Artists Will Each Receive $3,500.00 USD (2 in Spring, 2 in Fall)

$1,000.00 x 8 Artists

8 Artists Will Each Receive $1,000.00 USD (4 in Spring, 4 in Fall)

60 Features

30 artists from each grant cycle (60 annually) will have their work archived at hopperprize.org

Extensive Exposure

When you apply, you may select to have your work considered for additional exposure on Instagram @hopperprize

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Meet the Curators

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

Jurors for the current grant cycle are profiled below.

Selby Nimrod
Assistant Curator
MIT List Visual Arts Center

Portrait of Selby Nimrod, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center

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
Curator
Pérez Art Museum Miami

María Elena Ortiz, Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

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.

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Our Mission

Support

Connections

Platform

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

1

Providing Direct Financial Support via Individual Artist Grants

2

Connecting Artists with Curators

3

Providing a Platform to Gain Visibility

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Open To Everyone

Archive

Eligibility

Fee

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

Accepting Entries in All Media

Painting

Photography

Sculpture

Drawing

Video

Performance

Conceptual

Experimental

Installation

Printmaking

New Media

Textile Art

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How to Apply

1

Pay Your Submission Fee

2

Upload Your Work

Simple Application

We made the application simple to reduce the stress of submitting your work and save you time. The application is short and can be completed in under 20 minutes. The form only contains these fields:

• Name & Email
• Instagram Username (optional)
• Up to 10 Image or Video attachments
• Artwork captions
• Artist Statement (optional)
• Biography (optional)

Image Specifications

• JPG files should be 2500 pixels wide on their longest dimension.

• JPG files should not exceed 2 megabytes per file.

• To submit video or time based art, include a URL to the video on Youtube or Vimeo.

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Show Us
Your Work

The Awards

$3,500

2 grants available

$1,000

4 grants available

Click the Apply button to submit your work in 2 steps:

1 — Submit your application fee
2 — Fill out the application form

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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.

Deadline
Tuesday, May 18
11:59PM Pacific Standard Time

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Visibility

Grants

Archive

Network

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.

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Why Participate?

Get Support

Get financial support for your practice. The Hopper Prize gives $22,000 in grants annually.

Get Connected

Get your work in front of high profile curators. Our jurors are leaders in their field.

Gain Exposure

Selected artists will have their work archived at hopperprize.org.

Get Featured

Additional artists will be featured on our Instagram feed @hopperprize

Art is
knowledge
made
visible.

Gustave Courbet

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