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

 
Studio Assistant
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 Studio Assistant with excellent printmaking skills, particularly serigraphy, and extensive knowledge of contemporary art and art practices. 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.
 
The Studio Assistant supports the technical, conceptual, and administrative aspects of all Studio production. S/he must possess excellent organizational and communication skills, as well as a strong ability to collaborate as part of a team. This position reports directly to the Director of Studio Operations and works closely with all members of the Studio department.
 
Responsibilities
  • Assist the Studio in the execution of AIR projects, artist multiples, and shop yardage
  • Collaborate with other Studio staff on all stages of FWM print production
  • Maintain and organize a functional and clean print studio and dye room
  • Order and inventory printing supplies in coordination with the Education Department
  • Keep all studio records and procedures up-to-date, including MSDS sheets and safety protocols
  • Coordinate smaller projects, such as production for FWM's Museum Shop
  • Assist and attend select FWM special events and meetings
  • Perform all other related functions as assigned
 
Qualifications
  • BFA required and MFA preferred in Textile Design, Printmaking, or Studio Art
  • Minimum two years' experience in a collaborative, professional studio environment
  • High level of craftsmanship and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated expertise in screen printing on fabric and repeat pattern design in both pigment and dye
  • Excellent with color mixing and matching
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proven ability to solve problems creatively while staying attentive to feedback as well as immediate and overall project goals
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and dedicated
  • Easily works on several projects at once and can change priorities on short notice
  • Ability to interact effectively with co-workers and managers
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and digital imaging, with the ability to learn additional technical skills as needed

To Apply
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references to nami@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org. Include "Application: Studio Assistant" in the subject line of email. EOE. No phone calls please.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
 

Fall 2018 Museum Education Internships

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
 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.