The Fabric Workshop and Museum

The Fabric Workshop and Museum Collaborating with artists, revealing new possibilities.
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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 th

e outset, FWM also served as an education center for Philadelphia’s youth who, as printing apprentices, learned technical and vocational skills along with 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, painting, ceramics, and architecture. 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 fact, the FWM’s permanent collection includes not only complete works of art, but also material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work. FWM seeks to bring this spirit of artistic investigation and discovery to the wider public and to area school children in particular, to ensure and broaden their access to art, and to advance the role of art as a catalyst for innovation and social connection. FWM offers an unparalleled experience to the most significant artists of our time, students, and the general public. The FWM has developed from an ambitious experiment to a renowned institution with a widely-recognized Artist-in-Residence Program, an extensive permanent collection of new work created by artists at the Museum, in-house and touring exhibitions, and comprehensive educational programming including lectures, tours, in-school presentations and student apprenticeships.

🚨Deadline approaching!🚨 It’s time to get your applications in for the Summer 2024 College/Post-grad session of our Appre...
01/06/2024

🚨Deadline approaching!🚨

It’s time to get your applications in for the Summer 2024 College/Post-grad session of our Apprentice Training Program (ATP).

$25 Tier 2 Application due by Jan 8
$35 Tier 3 Application (final deadline!) due by Jan 15

Take advantage of this opportunity to expand or hone your artmaking skills in screenprinting on fabric and find ways of integrating fabric into your practice.

More details: https://bit.ly/3uiuNNV



Image: Olivia Fredricks printing her three-color repeat yardage with Studio Education Coordinator Veronica Hanssens. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

01/04/2024

Back to “Sonic Presence (or Absence): Sound in Contemporary Art” one last time!

Today let’s talk about what it means to be draped in sound and how works by artists Lenore Tawney and Nick Cave deal directly with the relationship between clothing, our bodies, and sound.

This is the final weekend to see this show! Get free tickets: https://bit.ly/sonicpresence



Video by Kristina Price
Speaker: DJ Hellerman

The reviews are in! See what critics are saying about our current exhibitions with Eiko Otake and Jessica Campbell. The ...
12/28/2023

The reviews are in! See what critics are saying about our current exhibitions with Eiko Otake and Jessica Campbell.

The Brooklyn Rail on Eiko Otake: https://bit.ly/3TFYXIb
thINKingDANCE on Eiko Otake: https://bit.ly/48yKdih
Broad Street Review on Jessica Campbell: https://bit.ly/47eTNpI

Come see for yourself. Admission is free.

The artists featured in ProcessLAB have been making great strides on their projects! Sa'dia Rehman has been testing mate...
12/27/2023

The artists featured in ProcessLAB have been making great strides on their projects!

Sa'dia Rehman has been testing materials such as rebar, glass, and plaster gauze to build a mobile mosque, inspired by entryways of different scales: from kitschy souvenirs to majestic mosques visited. In their practice, Sa’dia is tracing their family's displacement in the late 1960s from the Indus River in Pakistan due to the building of the Tarbela, a hydro-electric dam. The displacement of several communities is a common and devastating narrative within climate disaster that often affects the Global South. The desire to build a mobile mosque is inspired by a 2022 journey to the River where Sa’dia saw a mosque on wheels, an afterlife of the dam itself; a colonial ruin.

Michelle Lopez has been strategizing and consulting with Greenhouse Media to develop a plan for the creation of the immersive dome portion of “Pandemonium.” Michelle is also mapping out the needs to accommodate the projections of the animated AR sculpture in its final form.

Paper Buck has been working collaboratively with our studio staff to create screenprinted sails for the windmill. The prints consist of two layers, a monoprint for the bottom and a halftone image as the top layer. Paper had found the original image at the Pennsylvania Historical Society. The photo depicts Philadelphia in 1702 and was created in 1802 in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Philadelphia becoming a city. Paper selected this photo as it suits the overall theme of his critical examination of settler colonial constructions of the Philadelphia landscape.

Follow their work in ProcessLAB through March 17, 2024.

Images: Sa’dia installing their rebar material test in the ProcessLAB gallery; Michelle speaking about her project at the December 2023 First Friday event at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in the ProcessLAB gallery; Paper Buck working with Print Project Coordinator Jill Adler and Studio Assistant Andrea Arts to screenprint his sail panels. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

Louise Bourgeois was born on Christmas Day, 1911. At 80 years young, the legendary artist first joined us for a residenc...
12/25/2023

Louise Bourgeois was born on Christmas Day, 1911.

At 80 years young, the legendary artist first joined us for a residency that culminated in an installation that meditated on themes of love, loss, and abandonment. She placed her work “Fears” at the center of the gallery.

Learn more about the artist’s FWM residency>> https://bit.ly/48DMGsz



Image: Louise Bourgeois with “Fears,” 1992. FWM Archives. Photo credit: Will Brown.

Last chance! “Sonic Presence (or Absence)…listens for what happens when artists approach sound as something not only to ...
12/23/2023

Last chance!

“Sonic Presence (or Absence)…listens for what happens when artists approach sound as something not only to play, but play with.” —Surface Magazine

Free admission through January 7.
Get tickets>> https://bit.ly/sonicpresence

Images: Patrick Siler, in collaboration with FWM. "Blaster," 1987; Raúl Romero. “Music for Plants, by Plants,” 2018. Photo credit: , installation view courtesy of the artist; Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis, "Harmony of the Spheres," 2014. Courtesy of the artists.

Woohoo! Our Fall 2023 College/Postgrad Apprentices have graduated! 🎉🎓 Please send everyone a big congratulations; we are...
12/21/2023

Woohoo! Our Fall 2023 College/Postgrad Apprentices have graduated! 🎉🎓

Please send everyone a big congratulations; we are so proud of their hard work! We’re also very excited to continue working with Lina for the Spring 2024 term. Be sure to follow them along on their future endeavors, this group is 🔥

Images: Olivia Fredricks with her yardage, “Never-Ending Grocery Store”; Hannah Moog with her yardage, “Our Trees”; Joshua Washington with his yardage “The streets gave me a crown”; Lina Elmalik, Olivia Fredricks, Hannah Moog, Studio Education Coordinator Veronica Hanssens, and Joshua Washington. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

We’re actively seeking to hire a Graphic Designer! This talented person will develop creative solutions that advance FWM...
12/19/2023

We’re actively seeking to hire a Graphic Designer!

This talented person will develop creative solutions that advance FWM’s brand and communications goals in support of our exhibitions, studio, programs, and store. From digital and print media to wayfinding and in-gallery graphics, the Graphic Designer will play a crucial role in connecting the Workshop to audiences near and far.

Learn more and apply>> https://bit.ly/3zBZbG5

Image: “Internal Archives on View” by Peri Law ()

We can’t wait to see you with your loved ones during the holidays! 💜Just a heads up: we will be open Wednesday–Saturday,...
12/18/2023

We can’t wait to see you with your loved ones during the holidays! 💜

Just a heads up: we will be open Wednesday–Saturday, December 20–23 and December 27–30.

FWM will be closed on Sunday, December 24 and 31 for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in addition to Mondays and Tuesdays. We will resume our regular hours on Wednesday, January 3, 2024.

📍 Plan your visit>> https://bit.ly/3zeHlI5

It’s officially crunch time to check everything off of your gift list! 🎁 Luckily, we’ve got you covered from unique home...
12/16/2023

It’s officially crunch time to check everything off of your gift list! 🎁

Luckily, we’ve got you covered from unique home goods > fun accessories > limited edition artworks you won’t find anywhere else. Shop FWM>> https://bit.ly/3Yu9y8U

For the creative someone who already has everything, a gift membership could be the perfect present! Our members have upskilled at workshops, caught trunk shows by master artisans, saved at the FWM Store, and joined curator-led art strolls in NYC. Learn more about member perks>> https://bit.ly/3UgNRpt

This Sunday, have a glass of wine on us while you shop in-store!



Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Congratulations to recent FWM Artist-in-Residence Rose B. Simpson on being named among this year's breakout stars by The...
12/15/2023

Congratulations to recent FWM Artist-in-Residence Rose B. Simpson on being named among this year's breakout stars by The New York Times!⁠

We so enjoyed working with Rose to create her intimate multi-room installation, Dream House, last year and are beyond honored to share in her continued success and admiration.⁠

Read the full article>> https://nyti.ms/3RHSpY4



Article by Maya Salam, published in The New York Times, Friday, December 15; Image: Rose B. Simpson outside her studio in New Mexico. Photo credit: Minesh Bacrania for The New York Times.

While reading about early iterations of Wonder Woman comics, artist and cartoonist Jessica Campbell came across the work...
12/11/2023

While reading about early iterations of Wonder Woman comics, artist and cartoonist Jessica Campbell came across the work of Annie Lucasta Rogers, a prolific political cartoonist who published under the moniker Lou Rogers. Published in Suffragist publications as well as Margaret Sanger’s “Birth Control Review,” Rogers’s cartoons were concerned with women’s access to birth control, voting rights, and gendered social conditions.

When Campbell learned that Rogers was not only connected to the invention of Wonder Woman but also a member of a secret feminist debate club called Heterodoxy, it led her on a journey of fascinating research that culminated in her solo FWM exhibition. In the installation, you’ll find two cartoons by Rogers among other objects and artworks related to other members of Heterodoxy.

Learn more>> https://bit.ly/FWM_Heterodoxy

Images: Birth Control Review, May 1919. Cartoon by Lou Rogers; Jessica Campbell, in collaboration with FWM. "Heterodoxy," 2023. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 9, is your last chance to experience part one of the dual presentation of Eiko Otake’s “I I...
12/08/2023

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 9, is your last chance to experience part one of the dual presentation of Eiko Otake’s “I Invited Myself, vol. III” at the Asian Arts Initiative ().

Entitled, “A Body,” the show includes both dance-for-camera works and documentation of performances that feature Eiko’s lone body moving within different landscapes—from Wyoming to Fukushima, Japan—and absorbing what they hold.

Part Two, "Duets,” which highlights Eiko Otake’s collaborative projects with other artists and figures, is on view at FWM through March 24, 2024.

Exhibition details: https://bit.ly/3GEOW60



Images: Installation view of “Eiko Otake: I Invited Myself, vol. III: A Body.” Courtesy of Asian Arts Initiative. Photo credit: Constance Mensh ()

Next Saturday, join us for an exclusive sound activation by Philadelphia-based artist Raúl Romero.Help us create a human...
12/06/2023

Next Saturday, join us for an exclusive sound activation by Philadelphia-based artist Raúl Romero.

Help us create a human circuit and listen to a data translation captured in real-time by the plant in his sculpture as energy flows through those connected to one another. Following the performance, head to the studio to screenprint a t-shirt commemorating this unique listening experience.

Did we mention it’s free!? RSVP>> https://bit.ly/46Or4rx

Saturday, December 16
Choose from two sessions: 2–3 pm and 3:30–4:30 pm



Images: Raúl Romero with his work, “Music for Plants by Plants;” Installation view of “Music for Plants by Plants” on view in “Sonic Presence (or Absence): Sound in Contemporary Art.” Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

12/05/2023

At FWM, artists are free to transcend: materials, form, boundaries, and expectations.

That’s how Rose B. Simpson made “Dream House” in collaboration with our Studio.

Help us make the boldest dreams of today’s most compelling artists a reality. Let's make it happen and we’ll keep art accessible. Always surprising, always free—that’s our promise to you.

Donate: https://bit.ly/3EI1rwG



Visuals: Rose B. Simpson, in collaboration with FWM. “Dream House,” 2022. Photo and video credit: Carlos Avendaño.

It’s that time again! The College/Postgrad Apprentices have finished printing their one-color repeat yardages and they’r...
12/04/2023

It’s that time again! The College/Postgrad Apprentices have finished printing their one-color repeat yardages and they’re on to the next. Keep swiping for the reveal of their one-color designs 👉 ⁠

Next Friday, you’re invited to join us in the studio as the Apprentices reveal their final three-color designs. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3t8a8hG

Apprentice Closing Ceremony ⁠
Friday, December 15, 5–7 pm ⁠



Images: Lina Elmalik screenprinting with the assistance of Joshua Washington; Olivia Fredricks screenprinting with the help of Hannah Moog and FWM Studio Education Coordinator Veronica Hanssens; Joshua registering his screen to the printing table with Veronica; Hannah screenprinting with the assistance of Olivia, Joshua, and Veronica; “Wishful Thinking, Wishful Waiting” by Lina Elmalik; “ASC II Pilipinas” by Olivia Fredricks; “Beaches” by Joshua Washington; “The March of the Long Coat Ladies” by Hannah Moog. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

Tis the season for merriment, gift giving and, well, waste. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Instead of heading to th...
12/04/2023

Tis the season for merriment, gift giving and, well, waste. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Instead of heading to the store, transform your recycled paper, grocery bags, and packing materials into beautiful gift wrap using hand carved Indian woodblocks.⁠

We're offering several sessions of this workshop:⁠
Thurs 12/7 at 4 + 5 pm⁠
Tues 12/12 at 4 + 5 pm⁠
Thurs 12/14 at 4 + 5 pm⁠

$10 Public | $5 FWM members.
Register>> https://bit.ly/3uRP1Ra

Participants should bring recycled materials to print on. We'll supply a wide array of woodblocks and ink.

We’re all about shedding light on the artistic process. We’ve invited three artists—Paper Buck, Michelle Lopez, and Sa’d...
11/27/2023

We’re all about shedding light on the artistic process. We’ve invited three artists—Paper Buck, Michelle Lopez, and Sa’dia Rehman—to experiment in the open using our studio and gallery during a critical period of their practice.

This First Friday at 6:30 pm, join the artists for a meet and greet to learn about their projects as they take shape right here at FWM.

FWM Members: Join us at 6:00 pm for an in-depth look at our pigment room and a complimentary color-inspired cocktail 🍸

RSVP: https://bit.ly/47ww8lu

Images: Portraits of Paper Buck and Michelle Lopez courtesy of the artists; Portrait of Sa’dia Rehman and installation views of “ProcessLAB: Paper Buck, Michelle Lopez, Sa’dia Rehman.” Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño ()

Pop-up Art Market! Saturday, Dec 9 + 16, We're hosting four Philly-based artists to help you check off those one-of-a-ki...
11/25/2023

Pop-up Art Market! Saturday, Dec 9 + 16, We're hosting four Philly-based artists to help you check off those one-of-a-kind gifts from your list. From whimsical plush toys, felted jewelry, and uniquely printed tees to adire and batik-printed wearables and accessories, you're sure to find something really special for the special people in your life.

Featuring Ash Garner / THECOLORG, Marsha Biderman / Telafelt, John Ream / Ream Editions, and Yemisi Ajayi / Yemisi Art!

If Sundays are better for you, catch us Dec 10 + 17 to treat yourself to wine and holiday goodies while you're gift shopping for those near and dear. Catch the festive spirit at FWM to help spark creative giving ideas. Free gift wrap on all purchases!

Graphics by Olivia Fredricks.

Heads up: We will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, November 23 + 24. The museum and store will reopen for the...
11/22/2023

Heads up: We will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, November 23 + 24.

The museum and store will reopen for the weekend: Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26, 12–5 pm.

Plan your visit>> https://bit.ly/3zeHlI5

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday! 🥧

The first review is in! Read it below and see these works by the movement based artist Eiko Otake at The Fabric Workshop...
11/21/2023

The first review is in! Read it below and see these works by the movement based artist Eiko Otake at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (through March 24, 2024) and Asian Arts Initiative (through December 9, 2023).

Eiko Otake is a giant in the dance world, but standing in front of me dressed in black, her kind, wrinkled eyes immediately put me at ease. I Invited Myself, a 10-year project begun in 2022, is an opportunity for Otake, now in her early 70s, to examine…

Wishing the happiest of birthdays to Mark Bradford! 🎈 In this work from 2007, titled “Storefront,” the artist collaborat...
11/20/2023

Wishing the happiest of birthdays to Mark Bradford! 🎈

In this work from 2007, titled “Storefront,” the artist collaborated with Carlos Avendaño to transform the street level façade of a neighboring building on Arch Street. By overlaying photographic images of a building under construction on each of its windows, the artists achieved a tromp l’oeil effect that might have you doing a double-take.

In the artists’ own words, the work is intended “to create a faux reality… which bleeds into the reality of urban space” allowing passersby to reflect on “the increasingly rapid ways in which public space is constantly being designed, defined, erased, and built again.”



Image: Mark Bradford, in collaboration with Carlos Avendaño and FWM, “Storefront” (installation view), 2007. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

It’s  , and what better what to celebrate than to pull back the curtain and reveal some of the handiwork that went into ...
11/16/2023

It’s , and what better what to celebrate than to pull back the curtain and reveal some of the handiwork that went into making Jessica Campbell’s “Heterodoxy"?

We hand-tufted 16 large-scale panels using custom-dyed yarn to create an immersive rug environment. This was a lot of work and we brought on some extra hands over the summer to help us get it done!

We screenprinted new yardage designed by the artist that was used to upholster an array of wooden chairs for visitors to use within the exhibition.

Meanwhile, Jessica Campbell, while back in her Toronto studio, was busy employing a different technique—collaging disparate rugs into a large-scale fireplace, objects on its mantle, and a framed picture of a sunset.

This exhibition is on view at The Fabric Workshop and Museum through March 24, 2024. Free tickets: https://bit.ly/FWM_Heterodoxy



Process and installation Images: Jessica Campbell, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. “Heterodoxy,” 2023. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Free meeting space, anyone?“Jessica Campbell: Heterodoxy” invites you to engage with important issues of our time by hol...
11/15/2023

Free meeting space, anyone?

“Jessica Campbell: Heterodoxy” invites you to engage with important issues of our time by holding space for the kinds of radical conversations that were the raison d’être of Heterodoxy, a secret feminist debate club that was active from 1912–1940.

The exhibition is now available for private meetings at no charge on a first come, first served basis, Tuesday 10:00 am–6:00 pm and Wednesday–Friday, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, contingent upon space and staff availability.

To schedule your group, check out our booking policy and complete our form>> https://bit.ly/47boVHt

Image: Jessica Campbell, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. “Heterodoxy,” 2023. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

They may be settled into their new roles by now, but please join us in welcoming Anthony Folks and Veronica Hanssens to ...
11/13/2023

They may be settled into their new roles by now, but please join us in welcoming Anthony Folks and Veronica Hanssens to the Education team! If they seem like familiar faces, that’s because they are! Both Anthony and Veronica have completed the College/Postgrad Apprentice Training Program.

Anthony is the newly appointed Teen Engagement Coordinator and leads the High School Apprentice Training Program (HSATP). Most recently, he was an Apprentice in Summer 2023.

Veronica is the Studio Education Coordinator and leads the College/Postgrad Apprentice Training Program. She is an alumnus of both the High School (2001) and College/Postgrad (Fall 2018) Training Programs, and most recently instructed the HSATP.

Congrats to Anthony and Veronica, we’re so lucky to have you at FWM! 🎉

High school students, did you know we have a seasonal ✨paid✨ apprenticeship program? Learn about screenprinting and hone...
11/08/2023

High school students, did you know we have a seasonal ✨paid✨ apprenticeship program? Learn about screenprinting and hone your entrepreneurial and collaborative skills all while gaining job experience.

Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/47r8XIV
>> Complete the application and follow the instructions on our website. Applicants will be expected to interview and provide a portfolio containing 5 examples of recent artwork.

Get your applications in soon, the next deadline is November 15!



Images: Oonagh McKenna helping Olivia Seo screenprint her repeat design; Jalie Foster screenprints her repeat design with the support of CJ Chen, Oonagh McKenna, and Natalie Margasak. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

11/05/2023

Today! Don’t miss this unique sound performance with experimental composer Guillermo Galindo. Dozens of participants have been working all weekend exploring listening, chanting, and the healing properties of sound.

Meet us at 3 PM under the Reading Viaduct (11th & Carlton St.) to experience one of our city’s great sonic spaces.

RSVP: https://bit.ly/3QHckpA

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges


Video by Kristina Price

🎶 This Sunday—Free performance with experimental composer Guillermo Galindo! ⁠⁠Meet us under the Reading Viaduct (11th &...
11/03/2023

🎶 This Sunday—Free performance with experimental composer Guillermo Galindo! ⁠

Meet us under the Reading Viaduct (11th & Carlton St.) to experience a public performance featuring Galindo alongside a Philadelphia-based ensemble. Together, they’ll explore one of our city’s sonic spaces and their own bodies as components of song. ⁠

Sunday, November 5, 3–4 PM ⁠

RSVP: https://bit.ly/3QHckpA

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges



Image: Courtesy of Guillermo Galindo

11/02/2023

😍 Tharangini Studio—the oldest and last remaining hand block printing studio in Bangalore, India—is hand carving new blocks for us inspired by “Jessica Campbell: Heterodoxy.”

On Friday, November 17, learn about their beautiful craft tradition from Padmini Govind, whose mother established Tharangini in 1977. Following her talk, stay for a trunk show featuring block printed items crafted by the artisans of Tharangini.

$10 | Free for FWM members. Tickets: https://bit.ly/3FLpED3



Video footage courtesy of Tharangini Studio
Reel by Kristina Price

📢 Calling on members! Venture with us to NYC on a refreshing November afternoon stroll through the gallery-rich Chelsea ...
11/01/2023

📢 Calling on members! Venture with us to NYC on a refreshing November afternoon stroll through the gallery-rich Chelsea neighborhood with FWM’s Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, DJ Hellerman. Join the excursion on Wednesday, November 15, 1–3 PM (participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements).

While this opportunity is exclusive for FWM Members, take note that memberships start at just $35 for artists and educators.

Learn more about this event and membership options: https://bit.ly/46WVZ5K

Image: Barbara Haskell, Curator at The Whitney Museum of American Art, giving an exclusive tour to FWM Members on Henry Taylor: B Side (on view at The Whitney through January 28, 2024). Photo credit: George MacLeod



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Since its inception in 1977, The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) has developed from an ambitious experiment to a unique contemporary art museum, including a significant permanent collection documenting over 40 years of artistic innovation, a critically acclaimed on-site and touring exhibition program, and an extensive educational outreach program of tours, apprenticeships, lectures, and internships.

At the outset, Marion “Kippy” Boulton Stroud (1939-2015) envisioned founding an organization that combined the activities of the Finnish fabric printing company Marimekko—which promotes design excellence in everyday objects—with contemporary printmaking ateliers such as Gemini G.E.L. and Universal Limited Art Editions (U.L.A.E.) which encourage artists to experiment with techniques unfamiliar to them, such as lithography or etching. With these models, Stroud established an inner-city art education program that provided a creative outlet for artists of all ages, while also training them for careers in the textile industry.

Through Stroud’s leadership, FWM developed into an internationally-renowned contemporary art museum, distinguished by one of the country’s most innovative residency programs and complimented by well-regarded education and apprenticeship programs. In 1996, the word "Museum" was officially added to the name of the institution to reflect its growing collection of contemporary art, its commitment to the presentation and preservation of these holdings, and its broadening educational component.

Working alongside FWM's highly trained staff as part of the celebrated Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program, leading contemporary artists have realized a wide spectrum of ambitious projects and installations. Over the years, experiments with fabric have expanded to embrace new materials and methods; artworks resulting from this collaborative creative process have pushed the definitions and possibilities of contemporary art practice with the integration of innovative techniques, applications, and presentations. FWM’s permanent collection currently holds more than 5,000 objects created by past Artists-in-Residence.


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