The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Philadelphia, PA   |  http://www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org/

Mission

The Fabric Workshop and Museum was founded in 1977 with a visionary purpose: to stimulate experimentation among leading contemporary artists and to share the process of creating works of art with the public.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Susan L. Talbott

Main address

1214 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA

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EIN

23-2018929

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

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Artist-in-Residence (AIR)

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) invites contemporary artists to create new work using experimental materials and techniques. This internationally acclaimed Artist-in-Residence Program hosts emerging and established regional, national, and international contemporary artists who have a demonstrated commitment to innovation and exploration. To that end, FWM supports artistic experimentation by providing honorariums and materials to artists, and employing its facilities and staff to address their creative needs.

Artists-in-residence are drawn from all disciplines, including painting, sculpture, architecture and design, conceptual and installation art, performance, and video. Working collaboratively with FWM's staff of printers and technicians, artists are introduced to new techniques, materials, and resources, and are thus able to realize projects that would not otherwise be possible. Through this collaborative creative process, artists stretch the boundaries not only of their own work, and of the creative possibility of the various media, but also of the larger development of contemporary art.

Population(s) Served

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) invites students and post-graduates from the U.S. and abroad to apply to the College and Post-Graduate Apprentice Training Program (ATP). The ATP is a holistic experience enabling artists to develop skills in silkscreen printing and working with fabric to enhance their studio practice. Apprentices have the opportunity to learn many skills, including how to create a design by hand on mylar, mix colors with fabric pigment, use screen printing techniques, register multiple screens, and print their own one-color and three-color repeat yardages with the support of FWM master printers. Additionally, apprentices assist with projects in the artist studio, print production, visitor services, education, and archives. Apprentices present a short lecture on their own work, visit area cultural organizations, and work with visiting artists-in-residence.

Population(s) Served

The High School Apprentice Training Program (HSATP) is an after-school art program for students interested in developing new tools for artistic expression and self-empowerment in a professional museum and studio environment. During fall and spring twelve-week sessions, apprentices have the unique opportunity to design their own hand-screen-printed textiles with an emphasis on building entrepreneurial and collaborative skills. The summer eight-week session offers an opportunity for apprentices to gain a deeper understanding of museum operations, including receiving training in public speaking, giving tours, and visiting local art institutions.

HSATP offers exceptional art education for teenagers from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds, with the specific goal of providing participants with opportunities unavailable in their schools. FWM's objective is to complement school resources and improve art education for high school students in the Philadelphia region.

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The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Board of directors
as of 6/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maja Paumgarten Parker

Jill Bonovitz

Eugene Mopsik

Lynn Hitschler

Barbara Aronson

Jason Briggs

Ruth Fine

Sarah Jackson

Timothy Kearney

Emanuel Kelly

Ann Loftus, Esq.

Mary MacGregor Mather

Laurie McGahey

Margaret McGreal

John Ravenal

Joseph Rishel

Georgina Sanger

Katherine Sokolnikoff

David Stephens

Cynthia Stroud