Designated Artists To Receive Free Tuition for the Fund’s Intensive Educational Program, Which Features Tailored Business Training and Expertise
Santa Fe, NM -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/06/2018 -- The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF), the acclaimed national nonprofit organization, has chosen 16 artist fellows for its 2019 Art-Business Accelerator Program. The selected artists will participate next year in CHF's innovative and comprehensive initiative, a yearlong virtual course of business study for visual artists that is designed to impart the necessary business training to succeed as entrepreneurs and make a complete living through the creation of their art.
Fellows in the program receive customized business training, publicity, network-building opportunities, sales assistance, and one-on-one support to boost their careers and help make their businesses self-sustaining. The educational program consists of broad strategic workshops and labs delivered by remote technology (a laptop or desktop computer is required), and provides participants with practical knowledge that's actionable in the real world, including information about how to develop a business strategy, build a compelling brand narrative, find buyers for their art, negotiate contracts, handle copyrights, communicate more effectively, and manage their finances and taxes. Each workshop is led by an expert in the pertinent subject matter, and the labs are deep dives that include extensive time for Q&A, allowing our Fellows to obtain feedback on their specific questions and hear the perspectives of their peers.
At the course's conclusion in December 2019, CHF will select a group of participants to continue into a second fellowship year that features even more personalized coaching and assistance with signature projects, as determined jointly by CHF and the artist. The CHF team will provide these artists with one-on-one business support and guidance to ensure the greatest possible positive impact on each recipient's business. This support can include anything from assistance with strategy and implementation, to help in evaluating bids from vendors to carry out specific tasks, such as designing a website or drawing up a contract.
Of the 113 artists who applied for the Fellowship in September 2018, 23% came from the Four Corners region (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico), with 11% from New Mexico, which is unsurprising given that CHF is based in Santa Fe. Fifteen percent of applicants were from the tri-state metro New York City area, where CHF's other office is located. Fourteen percent were from California. The average applicant has been a professional artist for approximately 15 years.
"This year's group of applicants was very diverse, in terms of medium, style, genre, stage of career, business model, interests, background, and location. It was a really broad, fascinating group, which made for a competitive and exciting selection process," said Elizabeth Hulings, CHF's director. "One of the things we have to do is make sure the cohort will integrate and coalesce around the intense work they'll be doing," she added, "and that was a bit of a puzzle this time around. We are thrilled for our 16 Fellows and anticipate a vigorous and fun Accelerator in 2019."
The 2019 Clark Hulings Fund Fellows are:
Terri Albanese, Westerville, Ohio, Glass painting
Manuelita Brown, Encinitas, California, Bronze sculpture
Carrie Cook, Austin, Texas, Painting
Sharon Crute, Saratoga Springs, New York, Painting
Andie Freeman, Apex, North Carolina, Oil painting
Adreon Henry, Austin, Texas, Mixed media
Robin Holder, West Milford, New Jersey, Mixed media
Jonathan Keeton, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Watercolor and acrylic painting
Steven Lester, Canton, Georgia, Acrylic painting
Kara Maria, San Francisco, California, Painting and mixed media
James Moore, San Jose, California, Mixed media and sculpture
Bradley Reyes, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Acrylic painting
Tim Saternow, Jersey City, New Jersey, Watercolor painting
Todd Scalise, Erie, Pennsylvania, Installations
April Wagner, Pontiac, Michigan, Glass
Karen Whitman, Bearsville, New York, Printmaking
For biographical info on each artist, please go to https://clarkhulingsfund.org/accelerator/#fellows and click on the 2019 tab.
About The Clark Hulings Fund
The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that champions economic sustainability for working artists. We do this by delivering business education and entrepreneurial learning through a rigorous Art-Business Accelerator, a Digital Learning Portal, in-person education events in local communities, and a federation of artist-formed and artist-led networks of opportunity. All of this work achieves one aim: equip visual artists to thrive as self-sustaining entrepreneurs.