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Grants for Artists

We support artists with unrestricted grants, a platform for visibility, and an opportunity to connect with leading curators.

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

We work with leading curators to review your submission.

Grant winners are chosen at the sole discretion of the curators.

Jurors for Spring 2019 are profiled below.

Leilani Lynch
Curator
The Bass
Museum of Art
Miami Beach

Portrait of Leilani Lynch, Curator, Bass Museum of Art, photo © BFA. Photographer: Tiffany Sage.

© BFA. Photographer: Tiffany Sage

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

Portrait of Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the 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.

© Cody Tumblin

Our Mission

We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their careers. We provide

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Direct Financial Support

2

Opportunities to Connect with Curators

3

A portfolio archiving platform that elevates your work

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Open To Everyone

Archive

Eligibility

Fee

All Artists Are Encouraged to Apply

Winning artists will receive grants & exposure

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

All Media Eligible

Painting

Photography

Sculpture

Drawing

Video

Performance

Conceptual

Experimental

Installation

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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.

© Juan Giraldo

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Your Work

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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 winners places your practice 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.

© Nina Annabelle Maerkl

Art is
knowledge
made
visible.

Gustave Courbet

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

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