Director’s Views

The Mexican Ploughman, by Clark Hulings

The Dignity of Work

My father celebrated work and workers. His 42 hr work week included anything relevant to his art business—from painting, to taking collectors to dinner.

Our Future Rests on How we Teach the Young,” by CHF Business Accelerator Fellow, Robin Holder

Creativity is Leading the Way

We hope that art and artists will unleash the power of creative expression to make bold statements with new work to replace or contextualize the symbols of hatred, racism, and war.

CHF Emeritus Fellow Vanessa Diaz at work

It’s Time To Use Your Creative Intelligence

We’re in a new reality now. As we rebuild the ways we live and work, the people best positioned to do that are those who “admit” to being creative.

Nadia Fairlamb with sander

An Economic Powerhouse Hiding In Plain Sight: The Creative Sector

Innovation and creativity will ensure our survival through our current crises, and are fundamental to human success—yet many hold onto the false belief that artists are incapable of leading us.

Rocket To Space Laurent Newman

Boosting Artists, Our Non-Obsolete Workforce

Whether you work as a city planner or a nurse or a school administrator, environments that feed your spirit help you work smarter, better, and more efficiently.

The Calmady Children by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Safety Nets are Dangerous

“If you would be reasonably satisfied doing something else for a living, then do that and paint on the weekends.” —Clark Hulings Primary-Care Perspective When my father was in his …

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One of Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Buddhas

Art Lights the Way

Art is pure. It is incandescent—the light with which we find our way through this dirty, often disheartening world. Our job on this planet is to uphold and expand the …

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Jack and the Beanstalk, by Maxfield Parrish

How to Identify Your Life’s Work

Business is hard. No matter what the business is, it’s the business of our life, and it requires focus, determination, and simultaneous attention to tiny detail and big vision. The …

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Crucifixion of St Peter by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Avoiding Reality, One Formula at a Time

I’ve been thinking about Caravaggio. Actually, he’s been the catalyst for an ongoing discussion with my husband that arose because of a new play he’s been directing that has that …

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Tortoise by Deanna Millard

How Not to Drive Off a Cliff

Our world moves so quickly these days, and we’re all pedaling faster and faster just to keep up. That’s certainly true at CHF, where the pace of change continues to …

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Hurdle by Plamen Dimitrov

Building Confidence, Building Businesses – Q&A with Elizabeth Hulings

CHF’s 2017 Business Accelerator has kicked into high gear, and as we get to know our new class of Fellows better, we are learning more about their experiences in the …

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A Charge to Keep I Have by Karen Fitzgerald

What IS Visual Art?

This question has been on my mind a lot these days, and it is getting tougher and tougher to answer. Most would agree that painting, sculpture, and drawing are forms …

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Drawing Hands by M.C. Escher

Vision and Elbow Grease are the Real Trump Cards

Infrastructure matters—we all know this—but the thing is, it’s not sexy or glamorous. Sure, it’s essential, but it’s not fun. It’s boring and requires money. Repainting the bathroom or tightening …

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Mule in the Rain by Clark Hulings

The Successful Artist Works Like a Donkey

As fans of Clark Hulings’ artwork know, donkeys are a recurring subject in my father’s paintings. He loved everything about them. He named the publication arm of his art business …

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The Red Paintings album art

When Mindsets Shift, Big Things Happen

I am cautiously optimistic! I know that might be surprising to some of you who know me, but I’ve been reviewing submissions for our 2017 Business Accelerator Program, and I …

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La Bajada, by Clark Hulings

Don’t Give It Away

I’ve been a business strategist for more than 25 years, and in that role, I’ve helped many different individuals, companies, and organizations rethink their goals and approaches. Some take easily …

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