Many artists, regardless of their skill level, never become business savvy enough to make ends meet without some other part-time or full-time job. The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists, a nonprofit organization, aims to change this with its weekend-long art business summit “Conquer the Changing Marketplace” on Sept. 7-9.
The CHF will begin the summit by hosting the first Art Business Congress at the Turner House, home of the Oak Cliff Society for Fine Arts, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This will include a reception followed by a roundtable discussion with five panelists who represent different facets of the DFW community and art industry.
Panelists include Nadia Fairlamb, an international woodworking artist; Kenda North, a UT at Arlington professor of photography; Alan Simmons, owner of Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art and Consultancy; Katherine Wagner, chief executive officer of the Business Council for the Arts for North Texas; and Liana Yarckin, owner of Liana Yarckin Watercolors.
The roundtable discussion moderated by Elizabeth Hulings, co-founder and director of CHF, will center on the “Ingredients of a successful career,” according to the press release.
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This business development workshop will finish up its last two days at The Alexander Mansion, home of the Dallas Woman’s Forum. Artists will learn how to adapt in a rapidly changing marketplace. Some topics that will be covered include building an action plan, multiplying revenue streams, building a dedicated support team and more.
However, all of this business advice is pretty costly. Tickets for admittance are going for $395, a price Hulings says is greatly reduced.
“The price in most other markets and industries is going to be four times what we’re charging,” Hulings says. “This is not a major investment to make.”
With the purchase of tickets, attendees are also granted access to the CHF’s online e-learning portal. The goal is to get artists in motion and give them the tools to keep them in motion toward creating a successful business.