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$1,000 Grants for Artists & Photographers

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About The Hopper Prize Awards

The Hopper Prize was established in order to increase the recognition of artwork created by artists and photographers. We aim to advance artists' careers by providing them with unrestricted financial support that is coupled with a platform for increased visibility. We accept submissions twice a year via an open call.

We are currently accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 grant cycle.


Connect with Curators

In order to select our grant winners, we collaborate with curators who hold prominent positions at major institutions. For each grant cycle, we select 2 new contemporary curators to review your submissions. Our call provides submitting artists with a direct path to get their artwork in front of progressive, forward-thinking exhibition makers. Jurors for the Fall 2020 awards are:

Christine Koppes
Curator & Director of Public Programs
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Jade Powers
Assistant Curator
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

You can learn more about our jurors. Visit:

Our jurors will review the submissions and select 5 artists from the open call. Selected artists will each receive $1,000. The jurors will also select a shortlist of 30 artists who will have their work archived at

Grant awards are unrestricted and may be used in any way the recipients choose.

Additionally, when submitting, artists have the option to opt-in to be considered for possible Instagram features on our feed @hopperprize, where we reach an audience over 49K. We will feature select submissions on a daily basis prior to the application deadline.


Insights Into Contemporary Art

Coupled with our grant awards, our shortlist, and Instagram reach, we provide an additional platform for exposure via our online Journal Insights Into Contemporary Art. We launched this digital publication to give artists a new channel to amplify their voice while providing an in-depth look at their work, practice, and background. Grant recipients and shortlisted artists will all receive the opportunity to publish an interview to include any work of their choosing as a means of providing continued support beyond the open call.


Past Winners

We support artists who are working in all media, from diverse backgrounds, in wide-ranging geographic locations. Recent grant recipients include artists and photographers:

  • Andrea Ferrero, Mexico City

  • Christopher Desanges, Boston

  • Dominic Hawgood, London

  • Kira Dominguez Hultgren, San Francisco

  • Vikesh Kapoor, Sunset Pines

  • Adrian Coleman, London, United Kingdom

  • Trish Tillman, New York, New York

  • Nicholas Moenich, Brooklyn, New York

  • Elena Bajo, Los Angeles, California

  • Vanessa da Silva, London, United Kingdom

  • Isabel Yellin, Los Angeles, California

  • Jinyong Park, London, United Kingdom

  • Sydney Cook, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Genevieve Cohn, Bloomington, Indiana

  • Mark Baugh-Sasaki, San Francisco, California

  • Alex Callender, Northampton, Massachusetts

  • Alicia Eggert, Denton, Texas

  • Daniel McCarthy Clifford, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Juan Giraldo, New York, New York

  • Maja Ruznic, Los Angeles, California

  • Letitia Huckaby, Benbrook, Texas

  • Tracy Kerdman, Saugerties, New York

  • Lebohang Kganye, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Christopher Meerdo, Chicago, Illinois

  • Erik Parra, San Francisco, California

Discover past grant winners:



We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. All artists are encouraged to apply. We accept submissions in all media. There are no restrictions on genre, style or subject matter. There are no restrictions on geographic location.


Simple Application

Our grant application is a simple one in order to reduce the stress of submitting your artwork and to 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 w/ captions
  • Artist Statement (optional)
  • Biography (optional)
  • $40 application fee

For more information about this funding opportunity and to apply, please visit the Event Website.


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