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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 $10,000.00 USD.

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

$10,000.00

10 Grants

10 artists each receive $1,000 USD annually (5 in Spring, 5 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.

Amber Esseiva
Associate Curator
Institute for
Contemporary Art VCU

Portrait of Amber Esseiva, Associate Curator, Institute for Contemporary Art Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020

Amber Esseiva is the Associate Curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (ICA VCU). A VCUarts alumna, Esseiva has been essential to the ICA’s programming since joining the institution. Esseiva co-curated the ICA’s inaugural exhibition, Declaration (2018), and shows featuring work by Corin Hewitt, Jonathas de Andrade, and others. Most recently, she curated Great Force (October 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020), the ICA’s recent exhibition featuring new commissions and recent work by an intergenerational group of 24 established and emerging artists, exploring how art can be used to envision new forms of race and representation freed from the bounds of historic racial constructs. Esseiva has also curated Provocations: Guadalupe Maravilla (November 9, 2019 – July 1, 2020), the second iteration of the ICA’s annual commission series, which debuts new work by the El Salvador-born multidisciplinary artist and a solo exhibition by Martine Syms (February 16, 2019 - May 12, 2019).

Leila Grothe
Associate Curator for
Contemporary Art

Baltimore Museum of Art

Leila Grothe, Associate Curator for Contemporary Art, Baltimore Museum of Art

Leila Grothe is an Associate Curator for Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Grothe was previously the Associate Curator at the Wattis Institute at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, working largely with emerging and mid-career artists such as Rosha Yaghmai, Yuki Kimura, and Melanie Gilligan. Along with her work at CCA’s Wattis Institute, Grothe has been a guest lecturer and advisor to the CCA Curatorial Practice graduate program. She has also worked as the Director for Curatorial Affairs for the 500 Capp Street Foundation, the collections manager for the Joyner/Giuffrida collection, the Assistant Director of External Affairs at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, and as a project manager for Creative Time in Dallas. Grothe has an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and a BA in Art History with Honors from Southern Methodist University.

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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

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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 deadline to apply for The Hopper Prize has passed.

• Grant winners will be announced in late August.

• Join our mailing list to receive accouncements about future opportunities.

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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 $10,000 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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