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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Grants for Photographers & Artists

$5,000 in total awards

The Hopper Prize   /   Deadline: 05/21/19

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The Hopper Prize is offering multiple grants totaling $5,000.00 USD to photographers and artists awarded through an open call competition juried by leading contemporary curators.

We work with leading curators to review your submissions–you want these curators to see your work. Spring 2019 grant winners will be selected by:

Leilani Lynch
The Bass Museum of Art Miami Beach

Rachel Adams
Chief Curator & Director of Programs
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts




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

We support artists working in all media, from diverse backgrounds, in wide-ranging geographic locations. Recent grant recipients specializing in photography and related media include:

Juan Giraldo, New York, New York
Letitia Huckaby, Benbrook, Texas
Lebohang Kganye, Johannesburg, South Africa
Christopher Meerdo, Chicago, Illinois


We designed a simple application process to save your time and make it easy to get your work in front of our jurors. Submit up to 10 images or videos. Statements are optional, references are not required.


$5,000.00 USD in total awards for photographers and artists
+ 5 artists will each receive $1,000.00 USD in unrestricted grant awards
+ 30 artists will have their work archived at
+ Early applications will be considered for Instagram artist features @hopperprize (

Evaluation Criteria

Winning artists will be chosen based on artistic excellence as determined by our jurors for this round.


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