FWM Executive Director, Susan Lubowsky Talbott. Photo credit: Thibault Jeanson The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia High School Apprentices hand screen-printing at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia, 2011. Photo: Carlos Avendaño Nari Ward: We The People, November 2011, Artist lecture at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in front of We The People, 2011, In collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia. Used and hand-dyed shoelaces. Photo: Carlos Avendaño Close at Hand, June 2011, Opening reception at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño High School Apprentices at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia Mel Chin: Uncommon Wealth by the People of Philadelphia, April 2010, Opening at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Fundred Mint. Photo Credit: Lonnie Graham Nick Cave: Architectural Forest, 2011. High School Apprentices in front of Architectural Forest at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño
FWM Executive Director, Susan Lubowsky Talbott. Photo credit: Thibault Jeanson
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The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia
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High School Apprentices hand screen-printing at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia, 2011. Photo: Carlos Avendaño
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Nari Ward: We The People, November 2011, Artist lecture at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in front of We The People, 2011, In collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia. Used and hand-dyed shoelaces. Photo: Carlos Avendaño
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Close at Hand, June 2011, Opening reception at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño
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High School Apprentices at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia
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Mel Chin: Uncommon Wealth by the People of Philadelphia, April 2010, Opening at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Fundred Mint. Photo Credit: Lonnie Graham
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Nick Cave: Architectural Forest, 2011. High School Apprentices in front of Architectural Forest at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño
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About FWM

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. Providing studio facilities, equipment, and expert technicians, FWM originally invited artists to experiment with fabric, and later with a wide range of innovative materials and media. From the outset, FWM also served as an educational center for Philadelphia’s youth. Printing apprenticeship programs provided emerging artists with technical and vocational skills, as well as new approaches to creative expression.

Today, FWM is recognized as an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum, uniquely distinguished as the only institution in the United States devoted to creating work in new materials and new media in collaboration with artists coming from diverse artistic backgrounds—including sculpture, installation, video, photography, painting, ceramics, and architecture—as part of their celebrated Artist-in-Residence Program. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on site in studios that are open to the public, providing visitors with the opportunity to see artwork from conception to completion.

In addition to works of art created on site, FWM’s permanent collection includes material research, samples, and prototypes. An extensive archive of photographs and video documentation highlights artists making and speaking about their process. FWM seeks to bring this spirit of artistic investigation and discovery to the wider public, remaining particularly dedicated to developing programs and opportunities for local students and emerging artists. Comprehensive educational programming includes lectures, tours, in-school presentations and apprenticeship programs. In advancing the role of art as a catalyst for innovation and social connection, FWM offers an unparalleled experience both to and with the most significant artists of our time.

Marion Boulton Stroud (1939-2015)
Founder and Artistic Director (1977-2015)

Susan Lubowsky Talbott
Executive Director
 
Board of Directors

Officers
Maja Paumgarten Parker, President
Jill Bonovitz, Vice President
Eugene H. Mopsik, Treasurer
Lynn Leonard Hitschler, Secretary
 
Members
Jason Briggs
Sarah Jackson
Tim Kearney
Emanuel Kelly
Ann T. Loftus, Esquire
Mary Mather Macgregor
Laurie McGahey
Margaret "Maggie" A. McGreal
John Ravenal
Georgina Sanger
Katherine Sokolnikoff
David Stephens
Cynthia Stroud

 

Recent News


The Fabric Workshop and Museum Announces Christina Vassallo as Executive Director

 

Philadelphia, PA, October 24, 2019 — The Board of Directors of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Christina Vassallo as its next Executive Director. She will replace Susan Talbott, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Vassallo joins FWM after nearly six years at SPACES Cleveland, where she currently serves as Executive and Artistic Director.

“Christina Vassallo’s set of experiences brings an outlook which is vibrant, relevant, and forward thinking, and that will complement the leadership and vision of her predecessors,” says FWM Board President Maja Paumgarten Parker. “Her arrival marks a moment of growth and change, and a new chapter at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, which was founded by Kippy Stroud. Kippy’s vision, passion, and ability to draw in and support artists and their projects is recognized far and wide, and was championed by her successor, Susan Talbott. FWM stands to continue its support of artists and their work under Christina’s leadership.”

Attendance, visibility, and financial support for SPACES increased substantially during Vassallo’s tenure. Vassallo launched a $3 million capital campaign, spearheaded a renovation and relocation project, expanded outreach initiatives, developed two regrant opportunities for Cleveland-based artists, and curated critically-acclaimed issue-oriented group exhibitions. In 2016 she led a team to acquire and design the new home of SPACES that opened in 2017. Concurrent with the relocation she defined the artistic vision of SPACES by championing artwork that is politically, culturally, and socially responsive.

“Having spent a decade strengthening nonprofits that are committed to placing contemporary art at the center of dialogue about the most significant issues of the day, I am honored to have been selected as the next Executive Director of The Fabric Workshop and Museum,” said Vassallo. “I am especially thrilled by the opportunity to bolster the sustainability and creative community of FWM to meet the needs of our ever-changing world.”

Vassallo is a 2019-2020 cohort member of the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a Spring 2020 Marshall Memorial Fellow, and was named one of Crain's Cleveland's 40 Under 40 in 2017. She was an ex officio board member of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Society and a contributor to the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture's Support for Artists Planning Team.

Previously, Vassallo was based in New York City, working as Executive Director of Flux Factory, where she set the course for a thriving institution comprised of an international artist residency program, acclaimed exhibitions program, and innovative educational initiatives. Additionally, she has curated exhibitions for the Everson Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, NURTUREart, Lafayette College, and New Haven University. Christina also served as Programming Associate of Culture Push, Associate Director of Kinz, Tillou + Feigen Gallery, and as Assistant Curator at the American Federation of Arts. She holds a B.A. in art history and an M.A. in nonprofit visual arts management from NYU.