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About Us

The Hopper Prize was established to increase recognition of the work of visual artists.

We seek to advance the careers of visual artists by providing unrestricted financial support in the form of individual artist grants.

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Support for Artists

Direct Funding

Bi-annual Awards

Prominent Curators

In a time when many sources of direct funding for individual artists have been reduced or eliminated, The Hopper Prize offers artists direct, unrestricted financial assistance. Our organization awards 10 grants annually. Winning artists are selected through an open call for proposals. The Hopper Prize is a merit based grant. Winners are chosen based on the quality of their work. Awardees are selected by guest jurors holding prominent curatorial positions at major institutions.

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Visibility

Support

Exposure

Community

The Hopper Prize seeks to create new relationships between artists, curators, writers, and collectors in addition to providing unrestricted cash awards to artists.

The Hopper Prize network reaches professionals who are commmitted to supporting the field of visual arts.

Support from The Hopper Prize makes it possible for artists to fully realize their creative expression while reaching new curatorial audiences, collectors, writers, and advisors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Apply in 2 simple steps:

1
Follow the application link to pay your submission fee

2
Fill out the Application Form

What is on the application form & how long does it take?

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.

To apply for a grant, you only have to submit this information:

• Name & Email
• Instagram Username (optional)
• Up to 10 Image or Video attachments
• Artwork captions
• Artist Statement (optional)
• Biography (optional)

Why is the application so simple?

We believe artists should be able to apply for support quickly and easily, so we made the application process as simple as possible. Many other grant applications are time consuming and complicated. We think artists should be able to spend their time focusing on their practice, not on paperwork, so we made our application process as straightforward as possible.

Who is eligible for The Hopper Prize?

Any artist over the age of 18 is eligible to win The Hopper Prize. There are no restrictions on who can apply.

Are the awards open to international artists?

Yes, the awards are open to artists residing internationally.

Are there restrictions on media, or can any artist apply?

There are no restrictions on media, the awards are open to all artists.

We encourage applications from painters, photographers, sculptors, digital artists, performance artists, experimental genres, filmmakers, printmakers, and more — with only one exception — we regret that we cannot currently accept applications for sound based art.

When is the submission deadline?

The deadline for the current grant cycle is May 21, 2019 (end of the day - 11:59PM).

When will winners be notified?

Winners will be announced in late August, 2019.

This date may change slightly depending on how much time our jurors need fully review artist's portfolios and to make their final selections.

When should I apply?

Apply as soon as possible, early applications are encouraged.

Early submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis by The Hopper Prize administration who will be selecting artists for Instagram features @hopperprize.

I work with a partner/ collaborative/ collective, are we eligible?

Yes, the awards are open to collaborative teams.

How much are individual artist awards from The Hopper Prize?

A total of $10,000.00 will be equally distributed to artists.

10 artists will each receive $1,000.00 USD.

5 artists receive awards in Spring and 5 artists in Fall.

How often are awards given out?

Twice annually.

Applications are accepted twice a year, in the Spring and Fall.

Should I submit a body of work that represents a series, or a selection of work showing multiple aspects of my practice?

The decision for how you would like to represent the breadth of your practice is entirely up to you.

If you believe your strongest portfolio is made up of a series, please submit a series. If you feel your strongest presentation would be made via a selection of representative pieces spanning multiple bodies of work, styles, or media, please take that approach.

There are no rules regarding what you may or may not submit, as long is the work is your own.

Is there an application fee?

There is a non-refundable $40 application fee to submit your work, which helps offset the costs of administering our platform, allowing us to continue to support and promote a broad range of artistic production.

Are there any requirements for prize winners?

Winners may use their grants for any purpose, there are no restrictions.

Do I retain the copyright to the work I submit?

Yes. Artists retain copyright to the work they submit.

Creating visibility is part of our mission statement. If you win and accept a grant, or are selected as a finalist, your submission grants The Hopper Prize the right to reproduce your art on our website and digital collateral. No other use will be granted or required. All artists have the option on the submission form to select if they would like to be considered for Instagram features as well.

I haven’t received notification about the status of my application, should I contact The Hopper Prize?

Unfortunately we cannot provide information about individual application status prior to the notification date.

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