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
Joe Rishel
Georgina Sanger
Katherine Sokolnikoff
David Stephens
Cynthia Stroud

 
 
Recent News

The Fabric Workshop and Museum Announces Karen Patterson as Curator
 
Philadelphia, PA, March 27, 2019 — The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Patterson as its new Curator. She will be the first to hold the title in FWM’s 42-year history and joins the museum after seven years at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC), where she currently serves as Senior Curator. “Karen Patterson is an ideal fit for this position, coming from another process-oriented institution focused on both the creation and exhibition of contemporary works,” says Executive Director Susan Lubowsky Talbott. “She has championed the work of a diverse group of artists and we are thrilled to welcome her to further the creative and cultural impact of FWM.”
 
During her tenure at JMKAC, Ms. Patterson curated over forty exhibitions and site-specific installations, bridging a multifaceted program featuring unique collections, an ambitious contemporary art program, and a celebrated residency program. Recent highlights include Makeshifta 2018 collaboration with Michelle Grabner and the largest of four exhibitions featured as part of the Live/Work series—also highlighting the work of Philadelphia artist Virgil Marti. The Road Less Traveled, another collaborative and multi-tiered collection-based exhibition series, received praise from Hyperallergic as the top exhibition of 2017.
 
“I see the Fabric Workshop and Museum as an artist-centered powerhouse of experimentation, collaboration, education, and presentation and am excited to contribute to that legacy,” says Patterson. “I work with a strong desire to elevate the public’s understanding of the creative process and a belief that art can be anchored in a variety of societal discourses. I’m excited to share those ideas with the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the city of Philadelphia.”
 
Ms. Patterson’s exhibitions have received critical attention in numerous publications including Artforum, Hyperallergic, and The Huffington Postcelebrating her work with emerging, mid-career and established artists. Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treezcurated by Ms. Patterson and debuted at JMKAC in 2015, also traveled to the Museum of Arts and Design to mark the artist’s first solo New York museum show. Most recently, Ms. Patterson curated Mise-en-Scènethe exhibition series currently on view at JMKAC featuring contemporary artists and installations that approach the world as a stage. Forthcoming contributions include an essay on iconic fiber artist and former FWM Artist-in-Residence Lenore Tawney for Mirror of the Universe.
 
Ms. Patterson holds a Bachelor of Arts in folklore studies from Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and a Masters of Art Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining JMKAC, she co-founded a 12-hour public art festival, Nocturne: Art at Nightin Nova Scotia.
 
The position of Curator is funded in part by a generous grant from the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation.