Career Blueprint

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The Results Are In: Art-Business Training Works

75% of artists increased their sales and marketing, tracked their sales more effectively, AND made more of their total income from making and selling art. Art-business training works.

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Infiltrate the Business World in the Name of Art—Noah Scalin

“Certainly the jobs that are going to go last are going to be the ones that require people to creative problem-solve and come up with unique new ideas.”

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Get Inspired By Pixar’s 4-Part Business Plan

Clearly defining where your talents lie and where you need to leave yourself time to grow can be part of how you can build a creative business over time.

Rosa Bonheur by Anna Klumpke

Hook—Hack—Health: A Successful Art Business is a Balancing Act

Professional artists must simultaneously articulate a unique message, maintain the health of their art business, and set themselves apart from the pack.

Setting Glass Terri Albanese

Our 2019 Accelerator Fellows Are Learning to Thrive

Learn more about our 15 extraordinary Fellows and see how these professional working artists are driving their careers and businesses forward.

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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.

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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.

Quantum Theory by Sima Schloss

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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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.

Students at CHF metro DC conference by Kelly Heck

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 […]

Being My Own CEO: How I Modified My Mentality, Conversations, and Cultur

Being My Own CEO: How I Modified My Mentality, Conversations, and Culture

CEO thinking—and being an artist-CEO in particular—requires extending ourselves, growing into it, moving up from our inner VP, which was probably an upgrade from our inner manager and inner shift supervisor.

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The #1 Reason Artists Should Visit the DC Area This Month

Mid-March in our nation’s capital can only mean one thing for artist-entrepreneurs: CHF’s metro DC Art-Business Conference! (Okay, sure, there are beautiful cherry blossoms as well, but when was the last […]

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.

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Get to Emerging Artist Status and Beyond—Bonnie Clearwater

“There are so many platforms now for an artist living in obscure or out-of-the way places to get their work out and be seen.”

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An Inspiring Weekend of Art-Business Learning in Florida

Thank you, Broward County, for co-hosting CHF’s latest Art-Business Conference, and to our event sponsor Wells Fargo. We’re also grateful to the artists who traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for what proved […]

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Congratulations to our 2018 Accelerator Fellows!

For two years, we’ve worked closely with the 12 talented visual artists in our Art-Business Accelerator. Through monthly workshops, labs, small-group meetings, and one-on-one customized support, we’ve pushed our senior-level […]

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CHF Selects the Newest Class of Accelerator Fellows

After poring over all of the applications, we are thrilled to name the 16 visual artists who will be joining our 2019 Art-Business Accelerator program in January. It was extremely […]

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Calling Artist-Entrepreneurs to Our Nation’s Capital

If you’re a visual artist in the mid-Atlantic US, drive your art career forward at CHF’s metro DC Art-Business Conference, March 23rd -24th at Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, […]

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Leverage Your Non-Art Expertise for a Career Blueprint—Kristin LeVier

Kristin makes work at the intersection of art and science that connects us to the “extraordinary, strange beauty of the natural world.”

From Dreams to Milestones

Break Down Your Business Goals into Actionable Steps

From dreams to milestones, CHF Education Director Daniel DiGriz helps you work backwards from your big dreams to the specific objectives, milestones, and tasks that will help you achieve them.

New Marketplace, Yunnan, China by Mian Situ

Adapting To New Markets by Redefining Genres—CHF Interviews Mian Situ

In this interview, Situ discusses the differing approaches to art education in the East and the West, and how an artist’s passion for his work can affect its saleability.

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Counting Down to Our Florida Art-Business Conference – February 1 & 2

Attention, Florida-area artists: Equip yourself to thrive at our upcoming Art-Business Conference in Fort Lauderdale. Develop tangible business goals, come up with a plan for achieving them, and connect with your […]

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Hear Ye, Florida-area Artists: Don’t Miss This Opportunity

On February 1st – 2nd, we’re bringing our Art-Business Conference to Fort Lauderdale. This is your chance to get out of the studio, meet other working artists, and learn how to […]