A Conference on "The New Normal" for Creative Professionals

Mary B. Hulings

Mary B. HulingsBoard of Directors (Emeritus)

Mary B. Hulings spent nearly 20 years as the head legal secretary for the advertising giant Young & Rubicam in New York. At a time when there was no such thing as a paralegal, Mary performed many of the same job functions. Her experience at the agency was a useful foundation upon which she built an even more challenging career as Clark Hulings’ business partner, bookkeeper, and travel and event coordinator. These were not formally held titles, of course, but they offer a cursory glimpse into all that she did to help her husband become a financially successful easel painter.

For more than 15 years, Clark had no official gallery representation, which meant that the house he shared with Mary (and his studio therein) served as his de facto gallery, a place that she was in charge of managing. Among other things, this entailed hosting several dinner parties per week for clients and other business connections. She handled the finances, and planned his work trips—including conducting extensive research (long before the Internet age) on potential painting locations, and dealing with the logistics of international trips that would often last for months at a time. When Clark began publishing books and prints, Mary managed those enterprises as well.