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$3,500 Artist Grants (The Hopper Prize) – Call For Artists

$3,500 Artist Grants (The Hopper Prize) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Hopper Prize announces a call for artists for their Fall 2021 artist grants, 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. The aim is to advance artists’ careers by providing them with unrestricted financial support that is coupled with a platform for increased visibility.


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Deadline: 16 Nov 2021

The Hopper Prize is open to all artists aged 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. Entries in all media are welcome. The Hopper Prize is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. All artists are encouraged to apply.

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 on The Hopper Prize’ website
  • A selection from the submissions will be featured on The Hopper Prize’ Instagram
  • Additional exposure will be available to winners through Journal: Insights into Contemporary Art

Jurors for the current awards are Tyler Blackwell, Associate Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum and Caitlin Julia Rubin, Associate Curator and Director of Programs of the Rose Art Museum. Jurors will select 6 artists from the open call who will each receive an unrestricted cash grant. 2 artists will win $3,500 and 4 artists will win $1,000. Grant awards are unrestricted and may be used any way the recipients choose. The jurors will also select a shortlist of 30 artists who will have their work archived on the Hopper Prize’ website.

When submitting your work, you will have the option to opt-in to be considered for possible featured posts on the Hooper Prize’ Instagram, where they currently reach an audience of over 60k. Editors will be featuring select submissions on a rolling basis prior to the application deadline.

In addition to grant awards, the shortlist, and Instagram reach, The Hopper Prize will provide a platform for exposure via the online Journal: Insights Into Contemporary Art. This digital publication gives 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 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.

Recent Winners

  • 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

About The Hopper Prize

The Hopper prize made their $3,500 Artist Grants application simple to reduce the stress of submitting your work and save you time. The application is short and can be completed in under 20 minutes.
To apply for a grant, you only need to submit this information:

  • Name and Email
  • Instagram Username (optional)
  • Up to 10 Image or Video attachments
  • Artwork captions
  • Artist Statement and Biography (optional)

The Hopper Prize collaborates with contemporary curators holding prominent positions at major institutions in order to select grant winners. The open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward thinking exhibition makers.

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Innovate Grant Spring 2021 Cycle ($550 Awards) – Call For Artists

Innovate Grant Spring 2021 Cycle ($550 Awards) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2021 Cycle. They award (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one visual artist and one photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on the Innovate Grant website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists.

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Deadline: 10 Jun 2021

Visual artists and photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit.

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. They simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and the application reflects that.

About Innovate Grant

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. They believe that new ideas come from sparks of inspiration and aim to provide just that, access to small and mighty bursts of financial support so that you can focus on making your important and innovative work.

Innovate Grant was created out of the frustration of applying to grants with time-consuming requirements. These lengthy applications took valuable time and energy away from making new work. Countless hours were sacrificed in either writing artist statements, crafting project proposals, or getting letters of recommendation. Time is one of the most valuable components to fostering creativity and innovation. Their aim is to provide the time you need to be fully immersed in your ideas and in creating your work. Keeping the grant process simple enables Innovate Grant to continue to support you on your important journey of creation, inspiration, and innovation.

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CENTER’s 2021 Awards (Santa Fe, NM) – Call For Artists

CENTER’s 2021 Awards (Santa Fe, NM) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] CENTER announces a call for artists for their 2021 Awards, accepting submissions from national and international photographers and lens-based artists. Work can have been made at any time and work that has been submitted previously may be re-submitted. Work derived from all photographic processes is accepted, as well as mixed media that is photo-based. Only the Multimedia Award accepts video, multimedia files and/or still images for submission.

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Deadline: 20 Apr 2021

2021 awards include all of the following:

$5K Project Development Grant: The Project Development Grant provides financial support to fine art or documentary works-in-progress.

  • Submit: 6-10 images and a 325-word project statement
  • Juror: Arpad Kovacs – Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Package: $5,000 grant, professional development workshop admission, Review Santa Fe: tuition and presentation, Lenscratch publication, and online exhibition at CENTER’s website

$5K Me&EVE Grant: The Me&EVE Grant awards a female-identified, non-binary, transgender, and/or gender non-conforming photographer who is 40 years of age and over.

  • Submit: 15-20 images and a 325-word project statement
  • Juror: Annick Shen – Adobe Stock’s Head of Editorial
  • Package: $5,000 grant, professional development workshop admission, Review Santa Fe: tuition and presentation, Lenscratch publication, and online exhibition at CENTER’s website

$2.5K Project Launch Grant: New in 2021: Spotlight New Mexico – The Project Launch Grant supports a documentary or fine art series from New Mexico-based individuals. Submitters must be a New Mexico resident for at least 2 years or more, includes photographers taking a temporary residence leave.

  • Submit: 5-10 images and a 325-word project statement
  • Juror: Marisa Sage – Director and Curator, University Art Museum, New Mexico State University
  • Package: $2,500 grant, professional development workshop admission, Review Santa Fe: tuition and presentation, Lenscratch publication, and online exhibition at CENTER’s website

The CENTER Awards – Personal / Social / Environmental: New in 2021: The CENTER Awards recognize outstanding images in three categories: Personal, Social, and Environmental. Images may be singular or part of a series. All submissions will become part of the CENTER archive serving as an ongoing resource of mission-driven fine art and documentary imagery.

Personal: Recognizes work engaging in the exploration, expression, and/or advocacy of oneself drawing awareness to the power of self-representation or underrepresented experiences.  Projects related to identity, self-improvement, mental health, individualism, accessibility, disability, or other topics exploring self-empowerment are encouraged to apply.

Social: Recognizes work engaged in amplifying social issues. This category highlights projects in which the artist has a vested interest in, is a member of, or is an advocate for a specific social cause and/or community.

Environmental – Recognizes work focusing on the state of the ecological environment. Topics may include but are not limited to, conservation, biodiversity, ecology, climate change, or other issues concerning the natural world. All projects exploring ecological relationships, topics, or themes are eligible.

  • Submit: 1-6 images* and a 325-word project statement | *Additional files are $5 each
  • Jurors: Merry Scully – Head of Curatorial Affairs, Curator of Contemporary Art, New Mexico Museum of Art / Melissa Dale – Interim Director of Photography, The Nature Conservancy
  • Package: Review Santa Fe: tuition and presentation, Lenscratch publication, and online exhibition at CENTER’s website

Excellence in Multimedia Storytelling Award: The Excellence in Multimedia Storytelling Award recognizes outstanding storytellers using lens-based media to create narrative-driven projects, open, but not limited to, photography, video, new media, installation, and web-based works.

  • Submit: 1-6 images* and a 325-word project statement *| Additional files are $5 each
  • Juror: Cosima Amelang – Producer and Editor, Mobile Storytelling, National Geographic
  • Package: Review Santa Fe: tuition and presentation, Lenscratch publication, and online exhibition at CENTER’s website

Review Santa Fe – Portfolio Reviews: CENTER’s premier juried Portfolio Review event is a conference for photographers who are seeking audience expansion, critical discussion, and community connection. Online juried portfolio review dates: October 12 – 17, 2021. Scholarships and mentorship available.

  • Submit: 15-20 images and a 325-word project statement
  • Package: Includes 9 portfolio reviews, inclusion in the Review Santa Fe 100 online index and photographer and scholarship presentations. Reviewers selected in October 2021.

It was one of THE BEST photo experiences I have ever had; great photographers, great reviewers, great organization. KEITH JENKINS – Director of Digital Content, NPR; formerly at National Geographic // Review Santa Fe Reviewer

I left Review Santa Fe feeling like my community had expanded exponentially, I returned home on a “high” that I still have not come down from. RICHARD TUSCHMAN – Forest Hills, NY // Review Santa Fe Alum

Review Santa Fe is a GAME-CHANGER! CRISTINA de MIDDEL – London, UK // Review Santa Fe Alum


CENTER, founded in 1994, is a not-for-organization that directly supports socially and environmentally engaged lens-based projects through education, public platforms, funding, and partnerships.

Through the advancement of artists and their work, CENTER serves to deepen public understandings of lens-based media’s complex history and ongoing cultural significance. Image-making holds a unique power to confront audiences with uncomfortable truths, advance cultural understandings, and promote social justice. By establishing trans-disciplinary partnerships between artists and justice driven communities, historians, cultural critics, students, and the art world, we honor our unique role in advancing projects that respect all people, open minds, and engage our shared humanity.

Strategic Aims

  • Produce high-quality Awards, Grants, programs, and exhibition opportunities
  • Increase the number of audiences, connections, members, and participants interested in photography
  • Work in partnerships to better serve constituencies
  • Identify and implement CENTER’s models of best practice
  • Ensure the sustainability and longevity of the organization

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Image credit Images from the series “No Memory is Ever Alone” © Catherine Panebianco