Career Blueprint

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Caroll Michels

Caroll Michels is an artist-advocate and the author of the book How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul. The New York Times says […]

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Our Accelerator Call Has Ended, But Our Digital Learning Portal Awaits You

Thank you to all of the visual artists who applied for our 2019 Art-Business Accelerator Fellowships. We will be naming our new Fellows in November 2018, and the 2019 program […]

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Art Lights the Way

Art is pure. It is incandescent—the light with which we find our way through this dirty, often disheartening world. Our job on this planet is to uphold and expand the […]

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The Example of Clark Hulings – Build an Art Career You Love

Clark Hulings wanted to do specific things with his visual art. To succeed, he knew he had to be commercially successful, but that he couldn’t let others determine the shape of his career. It was on him to make his own blueprint for what he wanted.

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In Dallas: Another Successful CHF Art-Business Summit

We thank the Dallas arts community for making CHF’s latest Art-Business Summit a huge success. From the kickoff Art-Business Congress at Turner House on Friday, September 7th, to the weekend-long workshops at […]

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Artist As Entrepreneur: Becoming the CEO of Your Life

How to move a goal – even big goals – from mere theory to “done!” Two CHF Business Accelerator Fellows along with Steve Pruneau and Startup ArtFair founder Ray Beldner tackle this topic.

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Who Defines the Professional Artist’s Career Trajectory?

Welcome to the world of work As artists enter the workforce, they’re tasked not only with making a living, but with fulfilling the fundamental role of the artist—cultural reflection and […]

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The Power of Rejection

This month at CHF, we’re talking about failing better—dealing with our failures and rejections in ways that are constructive instead of stagnating.   In their blog post Use Rejection as […]

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Marketing ‘Difficult’ Art – CHF Interviews Janet Culbertson

Janet Culbertson is an award-winning eco artist who has been making art for over five decades. In this conversation with Jennifer Orbom, Janet discusses marketing ‘difficult’ art, her business’ evolution, […]

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How to Meet Stakeholder Demands – Holly Van Hart

“I don’t mind letting people see the process and where I go wrong, that’s part of the creative process and what people are interested in.”

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Find the Best Representation for Your Art – Stephanie Birdsall

“I see a lack of confidence standing in people’s way, they don’t trust what they’re thinking, they don’t trust what they’re painting, and as soon as they get a little confident I see a huge change.”

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And Now, A Word About Motivations

Herein lies a bit of Shakespeare, a reference to Ayn Rand, some Disney-like wishing trampled by a one-off reference to the Health Care debate, and goose noises. Enjoy. It’s easy […]

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Practical Business Concerns To Consider Before You Retire

Considered one of America’s foremost sculptors, Glenna Goodacre has been capturing the essence of her subjects for nearly 50 years. Her extensive body of work includes many iconic pieces—from the […]

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Letter to a Working Artist

The first sign that you are an entrepreneur is thinking, “Wow, this is a LOT.” If you’re NOT feeling a little overwhelmed, you’re not in charge of a business. The […]

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How Discrimination in the Arts Impacts Your Business

Discrimination—it happens in every field and can take many forms. In the art industry, it’s the curator who leans in and says he really enjoys working with “cute little artist […]

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How Not to Drive Off a Cliff

Our world moves so quickly these days, and we’re all pedaling faster and faster just to keep up. That’s certainly true at CHF, where the pace of change continues to […]

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Between Creativity and Commerce: Art Thinking – Amy Whitaker

“Many of the things that people approach in business – when they’re talking about a business plan or return on investment – they’re really talking about similar things to what happens in art.”

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Building an Educational Program Around the Way Adults Learn — Daniel DiGriz

In addition to providing digital strategy to businesses and nonprofits, CHF Educational and Marketing Director Daniel DiGriz has nearly 30 years of global instructional experience and holds an M. Ed. […]

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When Mindsets Shift, Big Things Happen

I am cautiously optimistic! I know that might be surprising to some of you who know me, but I’ve been reviewing submissions for our 2017 Business Accelerator Program, and I […]

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The Artist’s Winding Path to CEO

The business world was abuzz last month when LinkedIn published a new study on climbing the corporate ladder. The New York Times‘ senior economic correspondent Neil Irwin summed up its key […]

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Creating A Thriving Art Business – Alan Bamberger

“Artists have never had more opportunities to advocate on their own behalves, to get their work out there, to talk about what’s behind it, to talk about themselves as artists.”

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Making Your Art Career Sustainable – Carla Crawford

Mastering the business side of art is “a completely different scale from what you’re doing in the studio, but it’s essential.”

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A Case Study in Protecting an Artist’s Legacy — Q&A with Elizabeth Hulings

On August 31, 2016, the Clark Hulings Estate officially unveiled its comprehensive archives, showcasing the late artist’s immense talent, accomplishments, and influence. The impressive collection, which includes Hulings’ paintings, drawings, […]

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Don’t Wait to be Saved by a Gallery — CHF Interviews Dannielle Tegeder

CHF 2014 grant recipient Dannielle Tegeder is a painter who also creates large-scale installations, drawings, animations, mobiles, and other sculptural objects. Our funding helped to support Infrastructure, her solo exhibition at […]