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.
Simone Krug has been a curator at the Aspen Art Museum since 2018. She is currently working on a group works on paper exhibition centered around the way that artists express interior worlds. Most recently, she was part of the small curatorial team on the major museum-wide time-based media exhibition Mountain / Time and the museum-wide survey exhibition Andy Warhol: Lifetimes. Prior to this, she organized Maren Hassinger: Nature Sweet Nature and Kelly Akashi: Cultivator.
Before joining the AAM she worked at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles and has held numerous positions at museums including the New Museum and SFMOMA, among other institutions. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, and many other publications. She received her BA from Bard College and her MA in Curatorial Practice from USC.
Rachel Reese Waldrop is Director and Curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), the first ICA in the state of TN. From 2015-2019, Reese served as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA where she organized over 20 special exhibitions, including the recent retrospective and accompanying catalogue for Suzanne Jackson: Five Decades (Telfair Books, 2019). Reese held prior positions at Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta where she curated Pratfall Tramps (Atlanta Contemporary, 2015) with accompanying catalogue; Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia; and Deitch Projects, Petzel Gallery and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. Reese is an alumni of Independent Curators International; was a former editor of Burnaway magazine in Atlanta, and her writing and artist interviews have appeared in BOMB Daily, Temporary Art Review, TWELV Magazine, and Art Papers; she also published a free newsprint of artists’ writings called Possible Press from 2010–15. Reese has taught at PAFA in Philadelphia and Georgia State University in Atlanta, and currently teaches at UTC in the Department of Art. Reese holds an MFA from City College, CUNY, in New York.
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 will be announced February 24th.
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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