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.
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.