Summer 2014 Apprentice Axel Gracia-Castro printing his three color design with Kurina Sohn. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Summer 2014 Apprentice Jessica Gatlin drawing mylars. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Summer 2014 Apprenticeship. From left: Axel Gracia-Castro, Dan Bortz, Jessica Gatlin, Paige Fetchen, and Kurina Sohn. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Spring 2015 Apprentice Joy Ude printing. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Fall 2014 Apprentice Josh Graupera drying a design proof. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Fall 2014 Apprentices Linnea Holk and Marina Porras Chassignet printing Marina Armando Veve drawing on mylar for his one color design. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Master Printer Bob Smith holds Edna W. Andrade Amy Cousins, Loss (for Mariana), Summer 2013 (detail). FWM Apprentice Training Program. Laura Bernstein, Arena, Summer 2013 (detail). FWM Apprentice Training Program. Ezra Masch, Untitled, Summer 2010 (detail). FWM Apprentice Training Program. Spring 2015 Post-Graduate and High School Apprenticeship exhibition. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Summer 2014 Apprentice Axel Gracia-Castro printing his three color design with Kurina Sohn. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

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Summer 2014 Apprentice Jessica Gatlin drawing mylars. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Summer 2014 Apprenticeship. From left: Axel Gracia-Castro, Dan Bortz, Jessica Gatlin, Paige Fetchen, and Kurina Sohn. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

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Spring 2015 Apprentice Joy Ude printing. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Fall 2014 Apprentice Josh Graupera drying a design proof. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Fall 2014 Apprentices Linnea Holk and Marina Porras Chassignet printing Marina's three-color design. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Armando Veve drawing on mylar for his one color design. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Master Printer Bob Smith holds Edna W. Andrade's Maze film positive mylar design for a group of college apprentices.
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Amy Cousins, Loss (for Mariana), Summer 2013 (detail). FWM Apprentice Training Program.
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Laura Bernstein, Arena, Summer 2013 (detail). FWM Apprentice Training Program.
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Ezra Masch, Untitled, Summer 2010 (detail). FWM Apprentice Training Program.
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Spring 2015 Post-Graduate and High School Apprenticeship exhibition. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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College and Post-Graduate Apprentice Training Program

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 will also participate in the daily operations of the FWM studio and museum to support FWM and its mission of stimulating experimentation and collaboration among leading contemporary artists and sharing the process of creating works of art with the public.  Full-time and part-time positions are available.

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. 

This program is specifically designed for artists who have a solid studio practice, and are interested in benefiting from the unique ethos of a museum with active artists-in-residence, a collaborative atmosphere, and which allows for developing craftsmanship and conceptualism.  As opposed to a technical program designed for careers in the textile industry, the ATP is focused on enabling artists to develop skills in screenprinting and find ways of integrating fabric into their artmaking.

FWM actively recruits a diverse pool of candidates working within a wide range of media, with a special emphasis on international students.  Recent apprentices have come to FWM from nearly every state in the U.S., as well as from Japan, Ghana, South Korea, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Kenya, Great Britain, France, India, and China.

 
Application requirements:
  1. completed online application form
  2. 20 work samples (images under 2MB and attached as .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf and videos attached as .avi, or .mov)
  3. slide description form (attached as .pdf or .doc)
  4. resume (attached as .pdf or .doc)
  5. two letters of recommendation (postmarked by the application deadline and to be mailed separately by recommending parties)
     
    Please have letters sent to:
    Apprenticeship Coordinator
    The Fabric Workshop and Museum
    1214 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107-2816
submit
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
What are the costs of the program?
There is a $150 studio fee to cover the costs of materials.
 
Is it a paid position?
The college and post­graduate apprenticeship is unpaid.
 
What is the time commitment?
The time commitment is two days a week during Museum hours, Monday–Friday 10:00 am–6:00 pm.
 
Do you have housing for nonlocal apprentices?
Apprentices must find their own accommodations.
 
How many apprentices are in the program at a time?
There are 4–6 artists each session of the program.
 
If I am not a recent art school graduate, am I still eligible for the program?
You can apply even if you’ve been out of school for some time, as long as you are still  actively pursuing your career as an artist and can show recent work.
 
Do I need to have a college education in order to apply?
You do not need to have a college education as long as you have a strong portfolio.
 
If I am a commercial designer, would I be a good fit?
Because FWM’s mission supports contemporary art and artists, the applicants that we  select are commonly focused on applying screen­printing and textiles to their own studio  practice while gaining professional museum experience. The hand screen­printing  process that FWM teaches isn’t necessarily applicable to commercial design work today. 
 
How long will it be before I hear back about my application?
Typically, we are able to follow up with applicants regarding their status about 3­–4 weeks after the application deadline. 


College and Post-Graduate Apprentice Training Program

Session Dates & Application Deadlines

Please note: Recommendations must be postmarked on or before deadline date.

Spring 2017
18 January – 21 April 2017
Application Deadline: 17 July 2016

Summer 2017
7 June – 4 August 2017
Application Deadline: 15 January 2017

Fall 2017
13 September – 8 December 2017
Application Deadline: 14 April 2017


For questions or assistance, please email collegeapprentice@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org