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“CHF makes the lives of thousands of artists better. I have always been astounded with the quality and relevance of what CHF offers, and the integrity of its founders.”

—Susan Goldstein

 

“We support organizations that make our community a better place for everyone.”

—Steven J. Goldstein

 
Goldstein 25k Challenge​​Two weeks ago, Advisory Board Member Susan Goldstein and her husband, Steven J. Goldstein, announced a $25,000 Challenge Grant for CHF!  The Goldsteins will match every dollar donated to CHF between now and the end of October (up to $25K). The CHF community has raised over 12k. This is amazing progress, but there is still work to be done!
 
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CHF has multiple opportunities and packages for sponsorship visibility that include: Spring 2022 State of the Art Industry Conference, The Thriving ArtistTM podcast, or à la carte sponsorships of any of our learning programs—Digital Campus, Brown Bag Lunch Peer Networking, Thriving TuesdaysTM, Art-Business Accelerator, The Thriving Art Exchange and beyond. Visit our IMPACT page for a snapshot of our audience engagement and the community who will see your involvement and support. Contact info@clarkhulingsfund.org
We are beyond thankful to Susan & Stephen Goldstein, who continue to set the pace for all of us!
CHF’s Leadership: Elizabeth Hulings, Penelope Thomas & Daniel DiGriz

CHF’ Staff: Leading by Example

All areas of our lives have been unprecedentedly infiltrated by technology and the last two years have been directly impacted by the pandemic. These experiences have been shared by leadership teams around the globe. At CHF we are proud to have a team that has not only survived but THRIVED. In the last two years, CHF has not only navigated the changes and had amazing results, but our leadership has been highlighted in the media. Here are three must-read articles about Elizabeth Hulings, Executive Director of Clark Hulings Fund, Penelope Thomas, Director of Communications, and Daniel DiGriz, Creative Director and Director of Education.  

Rigorous Creativity Key to Innovation and Survival in the Arts by Kossi Adzo

“The virus will be vanquished soon, but virtual is here to stay. NFTs, blockchain, and cloud-based inventory systems are just the beginning of this next revolution in how we do business. We are continuing to innovate and educate and support our constituents and customers so they can integrate their online and in-person activities and continue to thrive.”- Elizabeth Hulings

Penelope Thomas, Communications Director at Clark Hulings Fund For Visual Arts- Ignite Marketer of the Week.

Penelope Thomas, Communications Director at Clark Hulings Fund For Visual Arts- Ignite Marketer of the Week.
Penelope Thomas, Communications Director at Clark Hulings Fund For Visual Arts- Ignite Marketer of the Week.
Penelope has recently also been highlighted in Thrive Global, Penelope Thomas Of The Clark Hulings Fund: “Have multiple definitions of success” From the article this quote about the Thriving ArtistsTM Podcast,
The Thriving ArtistTM; podcast is six years old, and I’ve been with the show for three and a half years. Many podcasts fold before they finish their first year, so those are dog years. So I’ll say 40 podcast years. We have 129 episodes, all with different windows into the business of visual art. We have artists including CHF’s Art-Business Accelerator grads Willy Bo Richardson, Kristin Levier, and Donna Lee Nyzio; pop artist Ashley Longshore; and Amanda Theis from the School of Atelier Arts. We have experts from the business side: intellectual property attorney Emily Danchuck and gig economy expert Angela Heath. We’ve featured thought leaders like Pratt Institute professor Mary McBride, and artist and corporate consultant Noah Scalin — who is a great example of the kind of innovative thinking that artists have to share with the straight-ahead business world. Our most recent episode features James D. Balestrieri, who’s working on a major monograph about our namesake, painter Clark Hulings — I particularly liked the way Jim questioned the authority of art industry gatekeepers. Next up, we tackle NFTs, blockchain, and crypto art — yes it’s trending, but beyond the flavor of the month factor, the topic shines a light on some absolutely key themes in the art world: value, authenticity, and the role of the artist in the midst of a rapidly changing art industry. There’s a reason why all the fun movies and documentaries about art involve a heist or a forgery: we’re fascinated with the value and magic of iconic art, and often blind to the cultural system that creates the magic. Meanwhile: where’s the actual artist in the middle of all of that? So these are the mega themes on my mind as we get ready for that episode.”

Daniel DiGriz of MadPipe: “You will not get it right the first time” by Pirie Jones Grossman

“You will not get it right the first time. That probably seems obvious. It’s obvious to me after starting several businesses, but I didn’t really understand it the first time. I thought I would plan it, get it right, launch, and it would either work or not work. That’s true of an omelet, but not a business. That should be comforting. It’s not a binary proposition: win/lose. It’s not an all-or-nothing proposition.”
CHF is launching a new series with Daniel DiGriz—Host of The Thriving ArtistTM; podcast, Instructor at The Clark Hulings Fund, and Digital EcologistTM at MadPipe—called Practical Tactical Entrepreneur. These art-biz courses will provide hands-on tools that will accelerate what creative professionals and art-entrepreneurs can do to grow their business—while cutting waste, saving time, and delivering maximum punch for the effort.    

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Practical Tactical Entrepreneur: ART-BIZ COURSES

CHF is launching a new series with Daniel DiGriz—Host of The Thriving Artist™ podcast, Instructor at The Clark Hulings Fund, and Digital Ecologist™ at MadPipe—called Practical Tactical Entrepreneur series. These art-biz courses will provide hands-on tools that will accelerate what creative professionals and art-entrepreneurs can do to grow their business—while cutting waste, saving time, and delivering maximum punch for the effort. In a recent interview, Daniel shared his inspiration for the new series: “In a recent course I offered on designing sales and marketing materials in Canva, I noticed a LOT of questions about the video. Well, I use OTHER tools for video, but I do have some kung-fu that lets me make studio-quality videos without leaving my desk. The itch to build a course in response to those questions hasn't gone away. Yes, it takes a lot of time and preparation to produce a course like this, but I've hit on a way we can do it, and ALSO serve up ADDITIONAL very practical courses that teach artists and creative professionals—in about 90-minutes—what it has taken me decades to learn.”     The first two courses in this live series are available for immediate sign-up: Make Professional Videos at Your Desk and Build a Youtube Channel Fit for Prime-Time.           Register today Daniel DiGriz is a serial entrepreneur, startup founder, and investor in numerous businesses and asset growth opportunities. By trade, he is a brand storyteller, enterprise evangelist, and community organizer for business. Daniel's companies include MadPipe® which puts good ideas in front of a broader market with sales-aligned marketing, brand messaging, and campaign direction. And Free Agent Source, Inc.—the consulting firm that delivers enterprise projects through direct relationships with consultants. He also works closely with the Clark Hulings Fund on its mission to equip creative professionals with the tools of successful entrepreneurs and leverage creative intelligence to drive innovation. Daniel's website is digriz.com and his social profiles include Twitter, Youtube, and Linkedin.
Light in Bloom

A Garden of Gratitude

“When life comes at us hard and we find ourselves in the midst of the fire, the burning desires within us can be silenced.
 Just as sand is beautifully transformed into glass under fire, we too, can be transformed, by hope.” – Terri Albanese

    Terri with Light in BloomThe Clark Hulings Fund is honored to be the fiscal sponsor for A Garden of Gratitude—Thanking our Wounded Healers and Healing our Communities. The garden is composed of 18 original glass paintings that will travel to six Ohio and Kentucky hospitals to thank our hospital workers who have courageously given so much during this pandemic.

“Through it all they cared for us—let’s care for them. A Garden of Gratitude is more than an art exhibition— It is a Thank You. It is a thank you to those who chose to be on the frontlines in our hospitals, while we stayed safe within our homes; who were away from their families, while caring for ours; who held the hands of our loved ones, when we could not. It is an Invitation. It is an invitation for our wounded healers to come and walk through a garden, to take a moment to breathe – to give them access and exposure to an art exhibition. This calming haven will be a place to find hope while they are still in the midst of the fire.” - Terri Albanese

 
The exhibition of glass paintings features vibrant flowers that symbolize the heart and spirit of our healthcare workers.  The goal of this exhibit is to thank healthcare workers for who they are and all they have given. The flowers symbolize:
  • Courage Sacrifice Hope Resilience Perseverance Wisdom
  • Inner Strength Gentleness Peace
  • Inner Beauty Patience Selflessness
  • Compassion Dedication Healing Touch  Devotion Thoughtful Determination
As a contemporary glass artist, Terri Albanese believes in the underlying healing power of art. During her time as a CHF Art-Business Accelerator Fellow Terri’s talent was seen, not only in her art and entrepreneurial skill but in her ability to relate to those around her. It was no surprise to the faculty and her classmates that she would create A Garden of Gratitude to honor and bring a place for healing for total strangers. Her understanding and empathy around communities who have selflessly cared for patients, neighbors, family members, and business associates during the pandemic shows a beautiful part of her spirit—one we are grateful to have experienced. At the foundation of CHF, there is a community of support and patronage on which our Accelerator Fellows can count. On this occasion, the long-term relationship we have with our Board Member Susan Goldstein helped to create the connection between Terri Albanese and the University of Kentucky Hospital System.

“I LOVE this story and the inspiration of Susan Goldstein supporting your CHF Fellow, Terri Albanese, who has been trained by CHF—not only in her art business acumen, but also in making a difference with her art. Then Susan put Terri in touch with the University of Kentucky Hospital system—and they're now paying $15k to feature the Garden of Gratitude: Thanking our Wounded Healers and Healing our Communities project in 6 hospitals 2022-2023 to inspire their patients and family! Yes, it’s a Full CHF Circle of Philanthropic Support through Board Member major contributors, to Artist Fellows, to a hospital, to the patients and family members who need gratitude in their lives during the most challenging of times.” - Lynn Trojhan of Thrive Consulting

 
A Garden of Gratitude will travel to these hospitals from the beginning of 2022 through April of 2023. CEOs, Foundation Directors, and Art Curators of six Ohio hospitals have chosen to thank their healthcare workers by featuring this exhibition. A Garden of Gratitude will be featured at each of these hospitals for 8 – 6 months.
  • Mount Carmel East - Columbus 1,100 wounded healers | 20,000 visitors monthly
  • University Hospitals - Cleveland 6,500 wounded healers | 60,800 visitors monthly
  • Kettering Medical Center - Dayton 3,040 wounded healers | 29,400 visitors monthly
  • Grandview Medical Center - Dayton 1,329 wounded healers | 30,200 visitors monthly
  • McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital – Toledo 1,500 wounded healers | 13,800 visitors monthly
  • University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital - Lexington
  • University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Hospital
     

If you would like more information or to donate to the project, please visit The Garden of Gratitude.

To help artists like Terri gain the skills and the network to create projects like this one, give to CHF.

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Our Programs

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Art-Business Fellowships

Art-Business Fellowships

The CHF Art-Business Accelerator Program is an intensive and interactive business-education program for working artists. Fellows plan pivotal business projects, produce an Investment-Grade Proposal, and acquire a business skill set that's designed to serve them throughout their careers.

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Boots-on-the-Ground Education

Boots-on-the-Ground Education

CHF partners with art and business organizations that have a strong presence in a geographic area to bring face-to-face entrepreneurial learning to working artists where and when they need it most. The result is a growing network of partners and resources that ensures widespread reach for crucial labs, workshops, and training.

Digital Learning Portal

Self-Directed Digital Learning

Self-Directed Digital Learning

CHF's Digital Learning Portal provides education in formats that working artists already consume. Portable podcasts, expert columns, and how-to videos are here. More detailed and structured Accelerator learning modules are available by registration.

Learning Communities

Learning Communities

Learning Communities

Like sticks in a bundle, artists are stronger together. The Artist Federation is a growing professional peer network of visual artists that's managed by artists. Individual chapters engage in skill and referral exchanges, joint entrepreneurial learning, and organization to achieve and maintain centrality in their industry.

Featured Profiles

Executive Fellows in the Art-Business Accelerator

Gregg Chadwick
Executive Fellow

Gregg paints trains and cars with historic significance. It's not just a love for things that move; Gregg sees the incredible draw of these subjects as entry points for collectors who might otherwise be alienated by the tiles and splatters of post-modern aesthetics. There's a whole world of would-be fine art lovers and aesthetes for whom physical objects tied to place and time are a door. [profile]

Willy Bo Richardson
Executive Fellow

Willy puts art in commercial spaces. But how many times do people walk by a framed painting, barely looking? By contrast, how often do people sit in a busy lobby to study art on a pedestal? Willy deletes the distractions–not of the space, but of the trappings of 'artness'. By implanting fine art as fabrics, he produces the full effect and experience of fine art emerging from the space itself, sans the stiff presentation. [profile]

Nadia Fairlamb
Executive Fellow

Nadia uses what's in front of her and teaches others to do the same. Her work is aimed at hospitality and commercial spaces that are interested in local themes (what's in front of you) and art that utilizes locally sourced materials. This is part of Nadia's theorum that the world's success depends on working together and that depends on working first with who and what you see. [profile]

Kristin LeVier
Executive Fellow

Kristin uses the detailed research methods of a molecular biologist to produce wood and metal sculptures that are vastly detailed but elegantly simple, and which connect us to the extraordinary, strange beauty of the natural world. [profile]

Belgin Yucelen
Executive Fellow

Belgin combines ancient aesthetics with high tech tools & processes to address a core issue–what kind of future we want. As cycles of innovation accelerate, we rapidly replace past achievements but, in the process, risk increasing alienation from the civilizations from which we've emerged and polarization toward each other. Just watch the news. [profile]

Blake Conroy
Executive Fellow

Blake exposes the absolute uniqueness of seemingly identical things, so we will care about them. We don't fight hard enough to save things we regard as mere forms or perceive as simply "one of" something. Blake uses layers to unmask otherwise hidden particularities in living things–debunking the notion that every sunflower, cornfield, or monarch butterfly is interchangeable. [profile]

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CHF has multiple opportunities and sponsorship packages that include sponsoring local and regional events, broadcast learning episodes, digital learning content, and Fellowships.

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CHF works with organizations, agencies, and firms to create learning communities, hybrid educational programs, licensed content, and virtual and live events, with data-demonstrated effectiveness and expertise.

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CHF extends organizations' existing social mission and enables firms to fulfill corporate social responsibility through meaningful programs that concentrate on the arts and entrepreneurship.

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Philanthropic Giving

CHF facilitates tax-free avenues of philanthropy for funding the arts and creating economic change through the entrepreneurship of working artists. Fill the world with thriving, self-sustaining visual artists who beautify our culture. 

CHF's Impact

Transforming Artists' Careers

Gregg Chadwick - Painter

"I have more confidence as an artist and my sales have increased dramatically this quarter."

- Gregg Chadwick
2018 Executive Fellow
Nadia Fairlamb headshot

"My sales have significantly improved because of all of the work I have done with CHF."

- Nadia Fairlamb
2018 Executive Fellow
Kristin LeVier headshot

"I had more sales in the past two months than in all of last year. I am so grateful to be part of this."

- Kristin LeVier
2018 Executive Fellow

2018 Artist Impact Data

CHF Art-Business Accelerator Program

0%

Increased Their Total Art Income

0%

View Their Art as Their Primary Income Source

0%

Increased Their Prices or Profit Margins

Source: CHF 2018 Annual Report

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Working artists already have a job. They aren't looking for a handout. But to become self-sustaining, thriving artists that fill the world with art and fortify our economy with lifelong careers, they need BUSINESS training. YOU can ensure a dozen businesses thrive.

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Why Clark Hulings

The Quintessential Artist-Entrepreneur

Clark Hulings - Master Painter

The keys to Hulings’ success form a template for how a working artist thrives. The ingredients were the integrity of his craft, the brilliance of personal vision, his refusal to compromise on the essentials, and an unwavering understanding of the fact that, as a professional artist, he was running a business.

Practice Areas

CHF’s educational programs utilize the very practice areas that were key to Hulings’ success, including Sales Strategy, Financial Competence, Marketing from the Brand Narrative, Technology, and Peer Networks.

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The Examples

For insight into the ingredients of Hulings' success as a working artist, and for stories—from how he took on the unjust taxation of artists, and how he negotiated a vendor relationship with galleries, to how he got an interfering creative director removed from a project—dig deeper into the Example of Clark Hulings or the Career Blueprint Of Clark Hulings.