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The Hopper Prize is now accepting entries for our Fall 2021 artist grants.

We are offering 2 grants in the amount of $3,500 and 4 grants in the amount of $1,000.

Grants will be awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators.

The Hopper Prize was established in order to increase the recognition of artwork created by artists and photographers. Our aim is 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 2021 grant cycle.

Program Highlights

Total Awards: $11,000.00 USD for visual artists

  • $3,500.00 – 2 artists will each receive a $3,500 (USD) grant
  • $1,000.00 – 4 artists will each receive a $1,000 (USD) grant
  • 30 artists will have their work archived at hopperprize.org
  • A selection from the submissions will be featured on our Instagram feed @hopperprize
  • Additional exposure will be available to winners through our Journal: Insights into Contemporary Art

Connect with Curators

We collaborate with contemporary curators holding prominent positions at major institutions in order to select our grant winners. Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward thinking exhibition makers. Jurors for the current awards are:

Tyler Blackwell

Associate Curator

Blaffer Art Museum

&

Caitlin Julia Rubin

Associate Curator & Director of Programs

Rose Art Museum

Our jurors will be selecting 6 artists from our open call who will each receive an unrestricted cash grant.

2 artists will win $3,500 and 4 artists will win $1,000.

The jurors will also select a shortlist of 30 artists who will have their work archived at hopperprize.org.

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

When submitting your work, you will have the option to opt-in to be considered for possible Instagram features on our feed @hopperprize, where we currently reach an audience of over 60k. Our editors will be featuring select submissions on a rolling basis prior to the application deadline.

In addition to grant awards, our shortlist, and Instagram reach, we will be providing an additional platform for exposure via our online Journal Insights Into Contemporary Art (https://hopperprize.org/journal/). 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.
 

Eligibility

The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. We welcome entries in all media.

We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. All artists are encouraged to apply.
Recent Winners

We support artists working in all media, from diverse backgrounds, in wide-ranging geographic locations. Recent grant winners include:

  • Abi Salami, Dallas
  • Abigail Lucien, Baltimore
  • Hasani Sahlehe, Atlanta
  • Laura Berger, Chicago
  • Jennifer Sirey, Brooklyn
  • Cielo Felix-Hernandez, Richmond
  • Akihiro Boujoh, Utrecht
  • Joey Solomon, Brooklyn
  • Lynnea Holland-Weiss, Cleveland
  • Susan Chen, Hartford
  • Yannick Lowery, Philadelphia
  • 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
  • Mark Baugh-Sasaki, San Francisco, California
  • Genevieve Cohn, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Sydney Cook, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jinyong Park, London, United Kingdom
  • Isabel Yellin, Los Angeles, 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

 

Prize summary: 
Win up to $3,500
Deadline: 
11/16/2021
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The Evolution Grant

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Art Fluent’s grant cycle is now open to individual artists through an international open call. The Evolution Grant will provide unrestricted funding to an individual artist with recognized artistic excellence in fine art media and a demonstrated commitment to their art. Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 15, 2021.

CALENDAR

Applications due by Friday, October 15, 2021 at midnight MST.

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AWARD

$1,000 to one visual artist each grant cycle. 

Unrestricted funds applied toward any expense to enhance the artist’s ability to create work.

APPLICATION FEE 

$35. The application fee is non-refundable. It helps defray the costs of administering this grant so we can continue to support and fund artist’s creative projects.

ELIGIBILITY

This call is open to artists worldwide, both amateur and professional. Once an artist is awarded an Evolution Grant, they will not be eligible to apply again. 

RULES

Open to ALL fine art mediums (oil, acrylic, watermedia, pastel, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography, sculpture, fiber, wood, digital art) except video/film. There is no restriction on style, genre, or subject matter.

SELECTION PROCESS

​You will be asked to submit a body of work between 8-20 pieces, along with an artist statement and artist bio.

Applications are reviewed based on a body of work. This jury type allows artists to submit as many media samples as allowed, and all media are submitted into one application.

​ENTRY PROCEDURE

Entry is done through CaFÉ, a web-based service that allows artists to upload images and organize their artwork for submissions to galleries. To apply, you must leave our website and go to the CaFÉ website at www.callforentry.org, where you can create a FREE artist account. You will add your details and upload your images to CaFÉ, and then you can submit work to The Evolution Grant. If you have any questions about entering, please contact us at hello@art-fluent.com we are happy to walk you through the process.

MEDIA PREPARATION

All images must be in JPEG format using CaFÉ guidelines. The image size must be 1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side. The maximum file size is 5 MB. Please only submit properly cropped images of your work that are in focus. 

NOTIFICATION 

Notification will be done by email, everyone who submits will be notified of their results. If, for any reason, you do not hear from us by Friday, November 19, 2021, please check the filters in your email account. Notification emails are sent to the email on file with CaFÉ.

REQUIRED FORMS
Cash awards over $600 are subject to federal income tax withholding within the United States. A W-9 form must be filled out by the winner and submitted to Art Fluent, Inc.

REGULATIONS 

By entering through CaFÉ, you agree to be added to Art Fluent's email list for upcoming artist opportunities. By submitting images, you agree that the images are your own work, you own all rights to the images, and take full responsibility for the content of all images, including the likeness of recognizable individuals. The actual artwork will remain the property of the artist. Our mission is to promote artists and their work. Upon grant distribution, you allow Art Fluent the right to reproduce your work on our website, social media, and where appropriate, to help promote further online opportunities. Art Fluent will always credit you and your copyright wherever feasible. We will not use your image for any other purpose without the artist's permission.

Prize summary: 
$1,000 artist grant
Prizes Details: 

$1,000 to one visual artist each grant cycle. 

Unrestricted funds applied toward any expense to enhance the artist’s ability to create work.

Deadline: 
10/15/2021
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$500 Grant for Visual Artists

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Artist Grant provides a $500 grant to one visual artist, and $100 each to 2 runners-up. Deadline: October 15, 2021. Guest juror: former grantee Elizabeth Jordan.

Open to international artists aged 18+ working in the following media/processes: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed/multiple medias, installation, and other new or alternative medias. We regret that we do not accept submissions for music, theatre, dance, or film/video.

 

Prize summary: 
$500 grant to one visual artist, and $100 each to 2 runners-up
Deadline: 
10/15/2021
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RSA William Littlejohn Award

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Submissions for this year's Royal Scottish Academy William Littlejohn Award are now open!

This monetary award provides an opportunity to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a water-based medium. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to exhibit a selected completed work at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2022.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Entrants must be working in water-based media (any pigment mixed with water).
  • Entrants must be born or have been resident in Scotland for at least 3 years.
  • In the case of students applying, entrants must either be graduating in 2021 or currently studying at postgraduate level at one of the following art schools in Scotland (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and UHI).

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

  • Entry conditions and requirements must be strictly adhered to or applications may be rejected.
  • The decision of the adjudicators is final and no correspondence can be entered into
  • The award should not be used as a capital grant.
  • The award winner will be announced by end of September 2021.
  • Normally the award should be completed by May 2022, however, due to the developing situation of COVID-19 this is flexible by negotiation.
  • The winner will exhibit resulting work in the Royal Scottish Academy the following year. Further arrangements will be determined in consultation with the winner.
  • The Royal Scottish Academy reserves the right to accession one representative work from the artist into the RSA Permanent Collection.
  • The copyright of all works remain with the artist but it is a condition of entry that the Royal Scottish Academy reserves the right of reproduction of all submitted and resultant works for publicity/educational/reference purposes in connection with the award.
  • Personal information supplied by applicants on application forms will be held securely by the Royal Scottish Academy in accordance with The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

 

Image: John Brown, We Are Building a New World, 2020, acrylic on multiple wood panels

Prize summary: 
£2,000 to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a water-based medium.
Prizes Details: 
  • Monetary award to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a water-based medium
  • Exhibition of selected completed work at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2022.
  • Acquisition of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections.
Deadline: 
06/27/2021
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The Evolution Grant

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Art Fluent’s grant cycle is now open to individual artists through an international open call. The Evolution Grant will provide unrestricted funding to an individual artist with recognized artistic excellence in fine art media and a demonstrated commitment to their art. Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 25, 2021.

CALENDAR
Applications due by Friday, June 25, 2021 at midnight MST.
Click here for a quick time zone converter. 

APPLICATION FEE 
$35. The application fee is non-refundable. It helps defray the costs of administering this grant so we can continue to support and fund artist’s creative projects.

ELIGIBILITY
This call is open to artists worldwide, both amateur and professional. Once an artist is awarded an Evolution Grant, they will not be eligible to apply again. 

RULES
Open to ALL fine art mediums (oil, acrylic, watermedia, pastel, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, photography, sculpture, fiber, wood, digital art) except video/film. There is no restriction on style, genre, or subject matter.

SELECTION PROCESS
You will be asked to submit a body of work along with an artist statement and artist bio.
Applications are reviewed based on a body of work. This jury type allows artists to submit as many media samples as allowed, and all media are submitted into one application.​

NOTIFICATION 
Notification will be done by email, everyone who submits will be notified of their results. If, for any reason, you do not hear from us by Friday, August 6, 2021, please check the filters in your email account. Notification emails are sent to the email on file with CaFÉ.

REGULATIONS 
By entering through CaFÉ, you agree to be added to Art Fluent's email list for upcoming artist opportunities. By submitting images, you agree that the images are your own work, you own all rights to the images, and take full responsibility for the content of all images, including the likeness of recognizable individuals. The actual artwork will remain the property of the artist. Our mission is to promote artists and their work. Upon grant distribution, you allow Art Fluent the right to reproduce your work on our website, social media, and where appropriate, to help promote further online opportunities. Art Fluent will always credit you and your copyright wherever feasible. We will not use your image for any other purpose without the artist's permission.

Prize summary: 
$1,000 artist grant
Prizes Details: 

AWARD
$1,000 to one visual artist each grant cycle. 
Unrestricted funds applied toward any expense to enhance the artist’s ability to create work.

Deadline: 
06/25/2021
Contact & Links: 

Apply for 2021 NOT REAL ART Grant for Artists

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The NOT REAL ART Artist Grant is a $12,000 annual award designed to empower the careers of 6 contemporary artists, each of whom receive $2,000 — with no strings attached. The NOT REAL ART Artist Grant was founded in 2018 by arts entrepreneur Scott “Sourdough” Power and Chairman of Warner Brothers Television Channing Dungey Power, in partnership with Art Share LA.

About Our Artist Grant

The NOT REAL ART Grant encourages artists to explore, experiment, question and disrupt the status quo of today’s art world. While the Grant annually awards 6 artists $2000 with no strings attached, it also provides a platform to help them tell their story and promote their work to a wider audience. All grant recipients are featured on the NOT REAL ART Podcast and Blog and showcased in an annual Gallery Exhibition.

Past Recipients include: (2019 Class) Beth Abaravich, Edmund Arevalo, Juliana Bustillo, Talya Coviello, Maria Delvs, Eben Eldridge, Karen Fiorito, Marguerite Kalhor, Monica Leal Cueva, Thony Loui, Jessie Noguchi, Rachel O’Donnell; (2020 Class) Gershon Kreimer, Kiara Aileen Machado, Paloma Montoya, Jacqueline Valenzuela, Tijera Williams, Miki Yokoyama.

Grant recipients are selected based on their written application and artwork samples. Selected artists demonstrate a strong sense of ingenuity, emotion and craft in their work. This year’s judges include: MonaLisa Whitaker, Man One, Heidi Johnson, Cheyanne Sauter and Scott “Sourdough” Power.

The grant application process is simple. Go to NotRealArt.com to submit your contact details, bio, artist statement and up to 5 pieces of your work for consideration. (Note: We suggest you get all of your materials and images ready before filing your application using the online form.)

The deadline for submission is May 1, 2021. Winners will be announced June 1, 2020

Prize summary: 
$2000 Artist Grant
Prizes Details: 

6 Artists Will Be Chosen to Receive $2000 each in Grants

Deadline: 
05/01/2021

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