Employment, Volunteering and Internship Opportunities

To apply for a position at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), please indicate the desired position and forward a cover letter and resume to:
Attn: Human Resources
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2816 

Applicants may also send their resume and cover letter by fax at 215.561.8887 or email hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org.

Volunteering

FWM welcomes volunteers for a variety of projects and events. In the studio or photo/video archives, working on administration or special events, volunteers provide critical support to all of our programs or departments. Please call 215.561.8888 or email hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org for more information.

Employment

 
Museum Technologist
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum in Philadelphia, seeks a full-time Museum Technologist, a new position supported through the generous funding of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Using the FWM Archives and our renowned Artist-in-Residence Program as primary sources, the role of the Museum Technologist is to research and propose technological solutions which would enhance visitor experiences inside the Museum and beyond, and further our mission to "convey a story of contemporary art that unites process with finished works of art of interest to a broad national and international audience." While the initial tenure is three-years, it is expected that this position will be sustained beyond the scope of the original grant. This position reports to the Associate Director for Administration and works closely with the Manager of Technology and Visual Media.
 
Responsibilities
  • Acting as a liaison between the Technology and Visual Media department and other FWM departments including Communications, Education, and Curatorial, as well as Artists-in-Residence, the Technologist will gather information and propose cohesive online, digital didactic, and hybrid (in-person and online combined) solutions for exhibitions and programming.
  • Looking beyond simple social media and website presences, the Technologist will participate in a formal evaluation process of FWM's current use of public-facing technology; and seek out new and emerging technologies to move beyond FWM's physical footprint and present its programs and art to the world.
  • The selected candidate will serve as a key team member for a recently funded research project that will investigate innovative modes of audience engagement to spotlight FWM's uniqueness as a maker and presenter through the intersection of its studio practice and exhibition program.
  • After the research project is complete, the Technologist will serve as a key member of the analysis team, interpreting data and looking for both the strengths of technological experiences and programs and the shortfalls, thus allowing FWM to revise future iterations of those assets to better serve our patrons and visitors.
Skills Required
  • The ability to look beyond today's platforms and designate innovative solutions for further research; real out-of-the-box thinking is required.
  • The ability to interpret data from numerous sources and look for patterns, which will help FWM identify emerging trends not only in its own visitor base, but also in the wider museum field.
  • The ability to perform research through FWM's artistic and business archives, helping develop content for our new website and identify materials that would be of use to researchers.
Qualifications
  • Strong research abilities, advanced degree in New Media, Digital Media or Information Sciences, with Art and Art History electives, preferred.
  • Existing connections to the art and museum fields, professional networks, or trade organizations.
  • Previous experience in academic or museum environments preferred.
  • Self-starting in both research and design realms, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to convey ideas both in written and oral form and - thinking holistically - convey how a technology solution will benefit various departments at FWM, as well as its programs and activities.
  • Deep familiarity with today and tomorrow's technology platforms, in order to analyze their possible integration into FWM's existing infrastructure.
  • Working knowledge of a database platform, coding language, or network architecture models is a plus.
  • Experience with developing pseudo-code algorithms or plans for technology integration.
  • Ability to work on several projects at once and change priorities on short notice.
To Apply
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org. Include "Application: Museum Technologist" in the subject line of email. EOE. No phone calls please. Application Deadline: November 2, 2018.
 
 
Curator
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally-acclaimed Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program and contemporary art museum in Center City Philadelphia, seeks a full-time Curator to lead and shape its artistic program. Founded in 1977, FWM encourages international artists at all stages of their careers to experiment with new materials and new media in a veritable living laboratory, working with studio staff, educators, and apprentices. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in open studios that allow audiences to engage and witness art in process. Innovative exhibitions featuring a diverse range of artists convey a story of contemporary art that unites process with finished works. With an operating budget of over $4 million, major support is provided by the Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud Foundation along with generous grants from public and private foundations and individual donors including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
 
The Curator will organize compelling exhibitions featuring work made through the AIR Program or drawn from FWM's Permanent Collection of more than 5,000 objects and works of art. The Registrar and Exhibitions Manager report to the curator, a senior position that reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Director of Studio Operations, the Director of Education, and a prestigious Artist Advisory Committee comprised of national and international artists, curators, and museum directors. The Curator will join the leadership team for a recently funded project that will investigate innovative modes of audience engagement to spotlight FWM's uniqueness as a maker and presenter through the intersection of its studio practice and exhibition program.
 
Responsibilities
  • Lead the artist-in-residence selection process and the development of the exhibition schedule
  • Organize approximately three exhibitions per year
  • Oversee the content and interpretation of exhibitions to position resident artists' work in larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts that are relevant to our varied audiences
  • Lead and work cross-departmentally to develop and implement a master plan for the preservation and presentation of the collections
  • Engage with the Education Department to develop and implement programming that identifies emerging ideas and speaks to all ages and diverse audiences
  • Develop and oversee the scholarly content of publications for the Museum
  • Actively participate in the field through lectures, panels, conferences, and publications at FWM and elsewhere
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with artists, donors, galleries, press, and colleagues at other institutions
  • Work with the Development staff to raise funds for exhibitions and programs
  • Liaise with FWM's Board of Directors, Artist Advisory Committee and Collections Management Committee and oversee the work of guest curators
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
 Qualifications
  • BA or BFA required and MA in Art History or Curatorial Studies or MFA preferred
  • Five years' experience organizing exhibitions and contemporary art projects, preferably within an institutional context
  • Exceptional knowledge of contemporary art and culture
  • Demonstrated ability to work with artists in the creation of new works
  • Superior public speaking ability, as well as excellent writing and editing skills
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and dedicated
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to work on several projects at once and change priorities on short notice
To Apply
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. Interested candidates should send letter of interest, resume, three writing samples, salary expectations, and three professional references to hr@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org. When applying, include "Application: Curator" in the subject line of email. EOE. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted; no phone calls please.

Internship Opportunities

 
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) seeks students with an interest in Philadelphia's arts and cultural community. Students will have the opportunity to work with our administrative, education, collections management, studio, and retail staff on current and future projects.
 
Our interns are college sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate/post-graduate students who volunteer their time to gain first-hand experience in the programming and administration of a contemporary art museum and collaborative workshop.
 
Under the supervision of a staff member, interns assist with regular departmental activities and with specific projects assigned by their respective mentors.Internships usually commence with the start of each semester and run through the end of the semester, however, there is no set deadline for applications. Interns are required to commit 10 hours minimum per week. No stipend is available.
  • Collections Intern:  The Registrar works directly with art objects and maintains all artworks at the museum. This internship is an excellent opportunity to learn about a central museum management position outside the familiar sphere of art careers. The intern will assist in organizing the museum collection, specifically computer cataloguing and shaping the photo archive. Art history or studio art background is required; basic computer literacy is essential.
  • Communications Intern:  The Communications Manager coordinates the public relations activities for FWM including media relations, press previews, and special events. The intern will assist in preparing press kits and mailings, filing press clippings, and promoting public receptions and artist lectures. Interns have the opportunity to support the FWM staff during special events, including event setup and hosting visitors. The intern should be interested in non-profit administration, with strong attention to detail and communication skills.
  • Development Intern:  The Director of Development oversees fundraising initiatives for the museum. Under the supervision of the Director, the Development Intern will supply administrative support to the department responsible for fundraising for the museum's annual budget, including grant writing for government, foundation, corporate, and individual sponsorship, as well as cultivating museum membership and helping to organize and staff events. Excellent writing skills are required. Some art history knowledge, non-profit management, or arts administration background is preferred.
  • Education Intern:  Assists with school group planning for the academic year; helps with tours for adults, school groups, and family workshops; completes education program evaluation; works on video production; develops, assembles, and distributes educational packets.
  • Exhibitions Intern: Will work most closely with the Exhibitions Manager, who coordinates and oversees all in-house and traveling exhibitions and other special museum projects. The candidate will assist in researching and writing text for artist residencies and upcoming exhibitions, compiling in-depth artist histories and biographies for FWM departments and catalogue publication, and various administrative tasks. Excellent writing and research skills are required; background in art history or demonstrated experience and interest in the field of contemporary art and/or exhibitions is preferred. The position requires the submission of one writing sample (1-2 pages) in addition to FWM's standard intern application materials.
  • Finance Intern: Candidates will have the opportunity to work with the Controller and senior administrative staff who are responsible for overseeing such activities as executing accounts payable & payroll; performing reconciliations; preparing grant reports for Development staff; managing the annual audit; and performing cash projections. Under the supervision of the Controller, Intern duties will include processing weekly bills, copying and filing, compiling data into reports in Excel or Word, and other duties as assigned. Excellent organizational skills are required. An interest in accounting, business, and nonprofit management a plus.
  • Museum Store Intern:  The Museum Store Manager markets a wide selection of unique, artist-designed, functional objects created on-site at the Museum. This internship is an excellent opportunity to work in a non-profit arts organization, while simultaneously learning about general sales and marketing skills. The intern will work closely with the Manager, with an emphasis on developing an aggressive marketing plan, increasing annual sales, and establishing inventory control procedures. Marketing knowledge or business management knowledge is preferred; computer literacy is essential.
  • Photo/Video Intern:  The Photo/Video Coordinators handle all documentation at FWM, including on-site video and photo documentation of artists' projects and activities at the Museum. The Coordinators also create and organize a photo and slide archives of projects and handle multi-media equipment for events, lectures, and exhibitions. The Intern will assist with video/photo shoots of artists' projects in process and finished artworks, organization of photo/slide archives, and also help set up multi-media equipment. Practical knowledge of photography, videography, and computer skills--including Photoshop, Illustrator, and some database programs--is required.
  • Studio Internships:  The FWM Studio staff works with artists-in-residence on research, planning, and execution of artist projects. The Studio intern will have an opportunity to work in a creative and unique environment with experienced art professionals. Candidates should have a strong interest in art, be detail-oriented, work well with their hands, and be self-motivated. Studio internships are offered on an as needed basis.
Internship applicants must submit:
  • A cover letter stating the reason for applying and what the applicant hopes to gain from the internship experience
  • A résumé
  • A list of relevant coursework
After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. EOE. No phone calls, please.