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Artist Andie Freeman displays her paintings at a recent gala

Overcome Magical Thinking to Succeed as an Artist

Artists are rarely discovered by accident. Those who get the big breaks have strategically put themselves in the right place. They’ve made their own luck.

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What Makes a Whitney Biennial Artist?

The 2019 Whitney Biennial has 68 living artists—and they have more in common than you might think. Take a look at what helped set these creatives apart.

Helping Art Collectors and Foundations Buy, Sell, and Manage Their Art

Building and Managing an Art Collection—CHF Interviews Megan Fox Kelly

Art advisor and appraiser Megan Fox Kelly helps collectors and foundations buy and sell art, and manage their existing collections.

Say Goodbye to the Fantasy of Being Discovered

Say Goodbye to the Fantasy of Being Discovered

Think you need the approval of industry gatekeepers to have a thriving art career? Think again. Seize control of your art business today and follow your own unique path to success.

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We’re a semifinalist for the 2019 Drucker Prize!

The first round of the Drucker prize focuses on finding associations that best meet Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation: “Change that creates a new dimension of performance”.

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Artists

You can’t control if your art is bought, or if the piece you’re working on now will be the one that makes a grant application successful. But you can control your goals and what you’re doing to make them happen.

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The Revenge of the Working Artist

They say living well is the best revenge. The world tells you that artists are doomed to starve, but Carolyn Edlund breaks down this insidious lie and encourages working artists to flip the script.

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Balancing the Demands of Being a Working Artist—Deb Slowey

To be successful, working artists have to be good multitaskers. That includes balancing studio and business time, and applying new technologies to maximum effect. Read how artist Deb Slowey juggles it all.

This winding road reflects the path traveled to gain success.

What the Heck Happens at These Things?

The central features of the CHF Art-Business Conference are: Accelerator Training for Professional Artists; The Thriving Art Exchange; and Continued Collaboration. Unlike a lot of conferences, this is not an annual, one and done event.

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Register Now for the Santa Fe Art-Business Conference

Taking place September 16, 17, and 18 at the Santa Fe Convention Center, this might be one of our best events yet.

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CHF Responds to The New York Times

The biggest hurdle we face is helping artists to overcome the archaic belief that they don’t deserve to make a sustainable living from their work.

White Supremacy in the Art World (and How to Fight It)

White Supremacy in the Art World (and How to Fight It)

White supremacy is affecting many artists’ abilities to compete in the fine arts world. Here’s how we can combat it from the business side.

Creatively And Successfully Run Your Business

Creatively And Successfully Run Your Business

Mary McBride is a international speaker, an executive coach, editor of Catalyst, and the chair of the Arts and Cultural Management and Design Management graduate programs at Pratt Institute School […]

Blue Fin XXX by Elinore Schnurr

Sales Conversations: Don’t Fix Everything

We often refuse to let other people sit with something that’s been said and just breathe in it for a few moments. We fix it. Before it’s even broken.

How to Sell More Art

How to Sell More Art? An Unexpected Answer

Art isn’t a job like making widgets, where you’re content to do the same thing over and over again for the rest of your life.

Key Role of Artists in Transforming Our Communities

The Key Role of Artists in Transforming Our Communities—W.C. Richardson

In this “Spotlight” interview with CHF Editorial Director Sofia Perez, Richardson discusses changes in the art industry, academia, and our culture at large, including the many ways that artists enrich our communities.

Writers Learn from Visual Artists

What Literary Artists Can Learn from Visual Artists

Visual artists cut a little straighter to the bone. They don’t have to obsess about the small stuff because if they can’t buy something they need, they’ll probably make it.

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It’s The Annual Report And We Are Thriving

Another year has gone by and the numbers are in: The Clark Hulings Fund has grown bigger and better. Our data shows that 100% of our Fellows are now clear […]

CHF Director Elizabeth Hulings

DC Area Artists Get Down to Business

As Elizabeth Hulings kicked off the first working session, “Blueprint Your Career,” she encouraged participants to shoot for a career goal in that sweet spot between achievable and quixotic. “You want to have butterflies in your stomach,” she said, “without feeling like you’re going to be sick.”

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Pairing Art with Buyers—CHF Interviews Joyce Creiger

In this Q&A with CHF Editorial Director Sofia Perez, Joyce talks about the changes she’s witnessed over more than four decades in the industry, and describes the process of matching artwork to client.

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Professionals Need Not Apply—Originals Only

No one remembers “professionals” built according to the factory model, with its cattle call for generic, processed types. The rest of us want to meet originals.

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Catch Up On The Latest Thriving Art Exchange

We did another Thriving Art Exchange on Monday, April 1st, but even if you missed it, you can get caught up online. Our colleagues in South Florida generously co-hosted our […]

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A Weekend of Art-Business Education and Inspiration

Education, inspiration, and community-building. That’s what CHF’s learning events are all about. We saw the impact, reflected in the voices and faces of the artists who joined us in the […]

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Creating and Disseminating Public Art Internationally—CHF Interviews Nina Colosi

Streaming Museum’s Nina Colosi on how technology can spur an artist’s creativity; the value of interdisciplinary collaboration; and public art as a tool for problem-solving.