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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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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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, and more.

When is my application due?

Winter 2018 Application Date TBD

When will winners be notified?

Roughly 60 days after the submission deadline for respective grant cycles.

This date may change slightly depending on how much time our jurors need to make selections.

When should I apply?

Apply as soon as possible, early applications are encouraged.

Early submissions will 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 annually.

How often are awards given out?

Twice annually.
Applications are accepted twice a year, in the Winter and Spring.

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. Your submission grants The Hopper Prize the right to reproduce your art on our website and digital collateral. All artists have the option on the submission form to select if they would like to be considered for Instagram features as well.

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.

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

Applicants will be notified via email whether or not they have received an award roughly 60 days after the submission deadline. Unfortunately we cannot provide information about individual application status prior to the notification date.

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