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

 
Director of Communications and Marketing
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally-acclaimed contemporary art museum in Center City Philadelphia, seeks a full-time Director of Communications and Marketing to manage the strategy and execution of FWM's public relations and marketing initiatives. Since 1977, FWM has created and presented innovative works of art through its Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program, collaborating with artists at all stages of their careers, including many of the most significant artists of our time. In addition to working with fiber and textiles, the AIR Program offers artists the opportunity to experiment with new media and technologies that take their work in fresh and often unexpected directions. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in open studios, veritable living laboratories that allow visitors to witness art in process. Ambitious exhibitions 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.
 
The Director of Communications and Marketing is a new position that will build and sustain the identity of FWM as an organization that stimulates experimentation among contemporary artists and shares the process of art-making with local and international communities. S/he serves as the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of information within this diverse network and constituent base. This senior level position reports to the Executive Director. S/he will also work collaboratively with staff to promote FWM's artistic and educational program and further its vision and mission as outlined in the strategic plan.
 

Responsibilities

  • Expand and enhance the institution's local and international reputation through the promotion of FWM's exhibitions, residencies, programming, and brand
  • Actively participate to cultivate and build strong relationships with new and existing media contacts and colleagues at other institutions
  • Develop and lead strategic initiatives to drive audience growth and cultivate visitor loyalty
  • Prepare and execute marketing campaigns that integrate print, broadcast, and digital media; develop and track budgets, deadline schedules, and outcomes for each campaign
  • Oversee all communications with design consultants, PR firms, and advertising outlets
  • Manage and maintain FWM's social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), email marketing system (Constant Contact), and website, in coordination with FWM's visual media staff and design consultants
  • Write publicity text—including press releases, announcement cards, and listings—and manage the distribution or submission of final materials
  • Oversee all press previews and visits
  • Liaise with various FWM departments to develop communication strategies and messaging
  • Archive and report on all marketing and public relations initiatives to the Executive Director, Board and funders, and other constituents

Qualifications

  • BA required, MA preferred; coursework in marketing, public relations, or art history desired
  • Five years professional communications experience in a contemporary art space or art museum required
  • Exceptional knowledge of contemporary art and culture
  • Proven track record in media relations with established local and national contacts
  • Superior public speaking ability, as well as excellent writing and editing skills
  • Familiar with digital technology and experience with social media and emerging media
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively in a deadline-oriented environment
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and dedicated
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 commdirector@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org. When applying, include "Application: Director of Communications and Marketing" in the subject line of email. EOE. No phone calls please. Application Deadline: September 30, 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.

Fall 2018 Internships

 
Museum Education
This Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum in Philadelphia is offering four education internship opportunities this fall. The Museum Education Internships will focus on FWM's fall 2018 exhibition Poorly Watched Girls, a solo exhibition by performance and installation artist Suzanne Bocanegra. The Museum Education Interns will work with FWM's Education Department to conduct community outreach, design hands on tour lessons for K-12 participants, lead tours of Poorly Watched Girls, and assist with Public Programs.
 
To Apply: Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and two references to kparry@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org. Include “Application: Museum Education Internship” in the subject line of email. No phone calls please.
 
Application Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2018
 
Development
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) seeks a Development Intern interested in fundraising, writing, database management, event management and Philadelphia's arts and cultural community. Interns will have the opportunity to work with the Development team on current and future projects, while learning about the overall structure and activities of a contemporary art museum.

Under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Development Intern will support FWM's fundraising program. Based on the Museum's need and the Intern's skills and interests, s/he will learn the fundamentals of development, including grant writing, gift processing, prospect research, event management, donor cultivation and stewardship, and membership.

Excellent writing skills and organizational ability are required. Knowledge of art history and an interest in contemporary art are helpful, as in an interest in a career in fundraising, non-profit management or arts administration.

Interns volunteer their time to gain first-hand experience in the programming and administration of a contemporary art museum and collaborative workshop. They may be college or graduate/post-graduate students; we also welcome recent graduates who are looking to establish a career path and professionals who are interested in changing careers.

Interns are required to commit 10 hours minimum per week. This is not a paid position.

To apply, please submit the following to lauren@fabricworkshopmuseum.org:

• 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 (if you are a student)

After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Other 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.
  • 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.