The Hopper Prize Announced Grant Winners

Published by: The Hopper Prize | 11-Mar-2021
The Hopper Prize announces recent grant winners.
The Hopper Prize is thrilled to announce the 5 grant winning artists from our most recent all for entries, along with an accompanying short list.

Akihiro Boujoh

Akihiro Boujoh (born 1990 in Nagasaki, Japan) is a Japanese visual artist who works with sculpture, installation art, and photography. Akihiro lives and works in Utrecht, the Netherlands since after finishing his MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art in 2016. Rooted in his BA research into Japanese garden philosophy at Kyoto Institute of Technology, he explores relationship between nature, environment, and man-kind and much of his works are concerned with space and time that is changing their form time by time. His collections of works have been exhibited in London, Amsterdam, Barcelona and US.

Joey Solomon

Joey Solomon (b. 1997, New York City) has been featured in The New Yorker, Aperture Gallery and MoMA PS1 among notable others. Solomon's images serve to advocate for invisible mental highs and lows of the mentally afflicted human experience. As an openly gay man with mental disorders, Joey Solomon's work hones in on the psychology of self through portraits of his immediate family as well as a high emphasis of self-portraiture. Solomon pulls much of his perspective from personal entanglements in recurring themes of mental and physical illnesses based on the artist's hospitalizations. His images continue to document motifs surrounding illness, gayness, ghostly emptiness and the erosion of our Earth. If nothing else, Solomon's work serves to affirm a learning process of our tender and dysfunctional species.

Lynnea Holland-Weiss

Lynnea Holland-Weiss (b. 1990) was raised in Berkeley and Oakland, California. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts in 2013. She currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio and is represented by Galerie Sébastien Bertrand in Geneva, Switzerland.

Susan MB Chen

Susan Chen (b.1992, Hong Kong SAR), a first-generation Asian-American, grew up between Hong Kong and the United Kingdom during the Hong Kong handover, prior to immigrating to the United States. She received her B.A. Hons from Brown University (2015) and is currently completing her M.F.A. at Columbia University (2020/21). In 2019, she was a finalist for the AXA Art Prize, and was also featured in New American Paintings #141 and #147 juried by Beth Rudin DeWoody and Amber Esseiva.

Grant recipients were chosen by Christine Koppes, Curator and Director of Public Programs, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and Jade Powers, Jade Powers, Assistant Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Learn more about past grant winners and submit your work for a $3,500 grant at

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