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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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Bi-annual Awards

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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, printmakers, and more — with only one exception — we regret that we cannot currently accept applications for sound based art.

When is my application due?

The deadline for the current grant cycle has passed. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified about future opportunities.

When will winners be notified?

Winners will be announced in late February, 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 annually, distributed via 2 grant cycles. 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 Winter and Spring.

How long does the application take / What information does the application require?

Our application form is very simple and straightforward. We designed the process to eliminate the administrative burden associated with most grant applications. Artists are usually able to complete their submissions in under 20 minutes. The application form includes the following fields:

• Email Address
• First Name
• Last Name
• Collaborative/Collective Name (* optional)
• Image Upload Area (Drag and drop area to attach 10 images)
• Artwork Details (Title, Date, Medium, for the attached works)
• Artist Statement / Biography (* optional)
• Opt-In for Instagram Features (* optional)

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.

How do I apply?

1. Visit the Apply Section and pay your submission fee.

2. After your payment is complete, you will be forwarded to the application form.

3. Use the online form to upload JPGs of your work. You will have the option to include title, date, medium, and size for all work submitted. An artist statement and bio is also optional, but not required.

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 was in the process of applying but closed my browser, how can I return to the application form?

The email receipt you received for your application fee includes a link to return to the application form.

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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