The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists Report on the Working Artist

Report on the Working Artist

CHF’s Report on the Working Artist is a comprehensive assessment of the circumstances, contributions, and needs of professional visual artists in the US, as well as a thorough examination of the ingredients necessary for their success. This report arrives at a pivotal moment in the country’s recognition of the vital role that working artists play within our communities, culture, and economy.

Some of the most interesting findings in the report include:

  • Artists create jobs : 25% of working artists have hired someone to help them with their artist business
  • Artists are savvy investors : 27% of working artists have reinvested over 50% of revenue from their art business back into their enterprise
  • Working artists become intensely committed entrepreneurs : Those with training, are willing to commit between 25-50% more of their time to develop their art businesses.
  • Behavioral changes : 67% of those working artists who receive concentrated business education take part in more events, obtain more media coverage, increase conversions from their marketing, and sell more art or gain more commissions.
  • Bottom line outcomes : A whopping 75% increase their involvement in sales and marketing channels, track their sales more effectively, and (bottom line) increase their total income from making and selling art.


The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the legacy of American painter Clark Hulings (1922 - 2011) by equipping working visual artists to be self-sustaining entrepreneurs. Founded in 2013, CHF showcases Hulings’ life and work as an example to today’s artists, and offers them a comprehensive art-business education so that they can thrive as he did. We deliver a suite of integrated learning services continually, both virtually and in-person—via live events, digital channels, and portable media formats—and build professional networks of opportunity.