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
The Hopper Prize selection panel is composed of leading international contemporary art curators.
Jurors for the current grant cycle are profiled below.
Karen Patterson joined the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) as their inaugural curator in July 2019. Prior to this appointment she was the Senior Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in 2012. Over the past seven years, Patterson has curated over fifty exhibitions, including major exhibitions such as Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values, Ebony G.Patterson: Dead Treez, several critically-reviewed site specific installations such as Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck: Out, Out, Phosphene Candle, Things are What We Encounter: Dr.Charles Smith + Heather Hart. Her focus at JMKAC was also geared towards the curation of the Arts Center’s premier collection of folk art, self-taught art, and artist environments, work that culminated in an multi-tiered collaborative 2017 collections-based exhibitions series, The Road Less Traveled, which received praise by Hyperallergic as the year’s top exhibition. She completed her BA in folklore studies at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and her Masters of Art Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Publications include: Lenore Tawney: Mirror of the Universe (2019), Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: Mythologies (2017), Lee Godie: Self-Portraits (2015), Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values (2013).
Lauren R. O’Connell is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) in Arizona. O'Connell began her curatorial career at SMoCA and left the institution to pursue a M.A. in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. After curatorial positions at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) she returned to Arizona, where she worked as an independent curator until her current appointment. O’Connell’s previous exhibitions and projects include Many Places at Once (Wattis Institute, 2014), Andy Warhol: Still Lifes and Portraits (BAMPFA, 2016), Asher Hartman and Cliff Hengst / MATRIX 264 (BAMPFA, 2017), 10 Artists/2000 Speculum (Creative Push, 2018), and Divergent Materiality (SMoCA, 2019). She worked with Lawrence Rinder on the inaugural BAMPFA exhibition Architecture of Life (2016) in the museum’s new Diller Scofidio + Renfro building. Her essays have been published online and in journals, such as Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, and in the publication Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static.
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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Early applications will be reviewed for possible Instagram features @hopperprize
After payment, you will be forwarded to the application page. You will also receive an email confirmation with a link to the application form.
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 $10,000 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