Summer 2019 Apprentices at work in the print studio. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Summer 2019 Apprentice Lyssa Current printing her three color design with Sarina Angell. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.


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   Horror Vacui (detail) by Fall 2018 Apprentice Veronica Hanssens. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Summer 2019 Apprentice Lilian Ptáček researching color recipes for printing inks. Photo credit: Lilian Ptáček. Summer 2019 Apprentice Princeton Cangé fine tuning with Ash Limés Castellana. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Fall 2018 Apprentice Kristina Price drawing on mylar before exposing print screens. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Spring 2019 Apprentice Isak Sindler working on design layout. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Fall 2018 Apprentices. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Summer 2019 Apprentices at work in the print studio. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Summer 2019 Apprentice Lyssa Current printing her three color design with Sarina Angell. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.


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Horror Vacui (detail) by Fall 2018 Apprentice Veronica Hanssens. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Summer 2019 Apprentice Lilian Ptáček researching color recipes for printing inks. Photo credit: Lilian Ptáček.
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Summer 2019 Apprentice Princeton Cangé fine tuning with Ash Limés Castellana. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Fall 2018 Apprentice Kristina Price drawing on mylar before exposing print screens. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Spring 2019 Apprentice Isak Sindler working on design layout. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Fall 2018 Apprentices. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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College/Postgraduate Apprentice Training Program

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) invites students and postgraduates from the U.S. and abroad to apply to the College/Postgraduate 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.  
 
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 and a collaborative atmosphere focused on 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 (label files: lastname-filenumber, ex. Parker-01; images under 2MB and attached as .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf; videos attached as .avi, or .mov)
  3. image list with number, title, media, size, date and, where applicable, conceptual intent (attached as .pdf or .doc)
  4. 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/Postgraduate Apprenticeship is unpaid.
 
What is the time commitment?
The time commitment is two days a week during Museum hours, Wednesday–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 during 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/Postgraduate Apprentice Training Program

 
Session Dates & Application Deadlines
Please note: Recommendations must be postmarked on or before deadline date.
 
Spring 2020 Session
January 15–April 3, 2020
Application Deadline: August 15, 2019 
 
Summer 2020 Session
May 27-August 7, 2020
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020 
 
Fall 2020 Session
September 23-December 11, 2020
Application Deadline: April 15, 2020 
 
Spring 2021 Session
January 13–April 2, 2021
Application Deadline: August 15, 2020

 

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