The Clark Hulings Fund for Burgeoning Visual Artists helps early-stage professionals seize opportunities to drive their careers forward. By providing targeted support at pivotal moments, The Fund strives to improve the prospects of up-and-coming individuals, and enable many more people to encounter and be enriched by their work.
The Clark Hulings Fund supports people like Clark Hulings, who embarked on his easel-painting career when he was forty years old, abandoning a thriving profession as a commercial illustrator to “teach himself how to be a gallery painter,” as he himself put it. Hulings was fortunate to finance this transition himself with savings from his illustration work. Most do not have this option.
Hulings believed that artistic development can and should occur continually. He experimented with different techniques, honed his craft with live drawing classes until well into his eighties and never stopped “trying to be a better artist.” His tremendous, unflagging work ethic is reflected in his choice of subject matter: Hulings most liked to paint everyday people as they worked and lived their lives.
It is natural, therefore, that Hulings’s interest in work drives the activities of The Fund, for Hulings also understood that, no matter how great the talent or how strong the discipline, the door to success swings on financial pegs. Career advancement is predicated on the ability to seize and exploit opportunities, especially unanticipated ones. The Clark Hulings Fund offers exactly this kind of support.
Award Amounts and Cycle
The Fund aims to distribute its first award in November 2013. Beginning in 2014, two awards will be given per year, one in each category (1-painting, drawing and works on paper, and 2-sculpture). Grants will be given of up to $5,000, depending on the need stipulated in the request. Individuals who receive an award will not be eligible to apply again for five years.