New and Expanded Clark Hulings Archives Unveiled – A Model for Managing an Artist’s Business and Protecting a Legacy
Santa Fe, NM — (SBWIRE) — 08/31/2016 — The national nonprofit Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) announces the launch of the new and expanded Clark Hulings archives: a comprehensive collection of the work, history, personal experiences, and insights of the renowned American painter. These materials, which showcase Hulings’ captivating artwork and influence on the art industry, serve as a vibrant model of CHF’s guiding principle: artists need access to business resources and training so that they can actively manage their businesses and safeguard their artistic legacies.
The Clark Hulings archives are now publicly accessible through an enhanced website (ClarkHulings.com), social media, and related offerings, which together exemplify everything CHF teaches artists about the importance of provenance, inventory tracking, marketing, licensing, client support, sales, and other crucial business skills. The website includes galleries of Hulings’ artwork; resources for those who wish to have the pieces they own authenticated, appraised, and/or consigned for sale; a central place to link buyers with potential sellers; and a section where fans can acquire reproductions of his paintings, including giclées, catalogs, ephemera, and other items.
“The archives are not just relevant to the Clark Hulings Estate—they will also help to propel CHF’s mission even further,” said Elizabeth Hulings, the fund’s director and co-founder. “They demonstrate what artists can accomplish if they follow our recommendations.”
CHF was established in 2011 by Elizabeth, Clark’s daughter, and Mary Hulings, his wife. A global, award-winning artist, Clark Hulings embarked on his career when he was 40 years old, abandoning a thriving profession as a commercial illustrator to be a gallery painter. While he was able to finance this transition himself, with savings from his illustration work, most artists lack this option. He understood that no matter how great an individual’s talent, success depends on an artist’s ability to seize and exploit business opportunities as they arise. CHF’s mission is to provide working artists with the tools to thrive economically and fill the world with a wide variety of art.
Through its Business Accelerator Program (which is currently accepting applications for 2017), CHF offers artists customized business training, direct financial assistance, tools, and one-on-one support from a team of business and art-industry experts to boost their careers and make their businesses self-sustaining. The program’s year-long workshop course and supporting activities help participating artists learn how to manage their businesses effectively.
“My work with the Clark Hulings Estate is a case study for other artists and their heirs,” said Elizabeth Hulings, “My mother and I started CHF because we face these issues every day ourselves. What we’re doing for the estate is exactly what we tell other artists to do so that they have the opportunity to be as successful as my father was.”