We support artists with unrestricted grants, a platform for visibility, and an opportunity to connect with leading curators.
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.
10 artists each receive $1,000 USD annually (5 in Spring, 5 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
Leilani Lynch is Curator at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida. She has has curated solo exhibitions with Mika Rottenberg (2017), Karen Rifas (2018) and Aaron Curry (2018) in addition to co-organizing exhibitions with Ugo Rondinone, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Laure Prouvost, and Paola Pivi. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Leilani relocated to Miami in 2011 when she was chosen for an Art Table Summer Mentored Internship at The Bass, assisting the Knight Curatorial Fellow in planning the museum’s public art program Temporary Contemporary. After the internship, Ms. Lynch joined The Bass as Assistant to the Director/Curatorial Assistant. Before rejoining The Bass in 2015, she served as Exhibitions Manager at Locust Projects, Miami’s longest-running alternative arts space, producing site-specific experimental exhibitions with international artists. Leilani has recently participated in panels for ArtTable and ICOM, as well as served on juries for Art Center, South Florida and Apexart, NY. She received a BA in the History of Art from University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in modern and contemporary art.
Rachel Adams Chief Curator & Director of Programs Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Photographer: Sara Heidinger
Rachel Adams is the newly appointed Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. From 2015 until October 2018, she was the Senior Curator of Exhibitions for the UB Art Galleries in Buffalo, NY. Adams holds an MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Adams has worked with artists including Tony Conrad, Amie Siegel, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kambui Olujimi, Brendan Fernandes, Seher Shah, John Grade, Claire Ashley and Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz. Her writing has been included in exhibition catalogues Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, Out of Easy Reach, Prospect.3 New Orleans, and Texas Prize 2012 as well as Afterimage, artforum.com, Art Papers, Art Practical, Modern Painters, and Texas Architect. She is an alumni of the 2016 ICI Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans and the 2016 Artis Curatorial Research Trip to Israel. She has lectured at MOCAD, The Rose Art Museum, Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art, as well as PNCA, Texas State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Forthcoming curatorial projects include solo exhibitions with Jillian Mayer, Lui Shtini, Alison O’Daniel and Maya Dunietz.