College/Postgraduate Apprentice Training Program 

Spring 2020 Apprentices Alexandra Antoine and Ahni Kruger work together to screenprint repeat patterns on fabric, assisted by FWM Museum Tour Manager Katie Parry. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) invites students, postgraduates, and emerging artists 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 screenprinting large-scale repeat patterns on fabric to enhance their studio practice. Apprentices will also participate in the daily studio and museum operations, supporting FWM’s 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 unique opportunity to learn how to create a repeat pattern design by hand on mylar, mix custom water-soluble textile ink, register multiple layers, and screenprint their own designs including a four yard, one-color and eight yard, three-color repeat design on fabric. Each step of the process is expertly guided with the support of the FWM Apprentice Coordinator. Additionally, Apprentices will assist with projects related to education and public programming, visitor services, studio production, and the FWM archives. Apprentices present a short lecture on their work, and visit local cultural organizations.

This program is specifically designed for emerging artists with a solid studio practice who 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 on fabric and find ways of integrating fabric into their artmaking.

Over the years, FWM has welcomed a diverse range of candidates working within a wide range of media. Apprentices have come to FWM from nearly every state in the U.S., as well as from China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Kenya, Scotland, and South Korea.

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Session Dates & Application Deadlines

Summer 2024 Session

May 29–August 16, 2024

Fall 2024 Session

September 18–December 13, 2024

Spring 2025 Session
January 15–April 4, 2025
Application Deadline: August 15, 2024

Tiered Application Fee System:
$15.00—Tier 1 applications available: June 1–August 1, 11:59 EST
$25.00—Tier 2 applications available: August 2–August 8, 11:59 pm EST
$35.00—Tier 3 applications available: August 9–August 15, 11:59 PM EST

Summer 2025 Session
May 28 – August 15, 2025
Application Deadline: January 15, 2025

Tiered Application Fee System:
$15.00—Tier 1 applications available: November 1–January 1, 11:59 EST
$25.00—Tier 2 applications available: January 2–January 8, 11:59 pm EST
$35.00—Tier 3 applications available: January 9–January 15, 11:59 PM EST

Application requirements

  1. Completed application questionnaire
    a. How did you hear about The Fabric Workshop and Museum? (250 word max)
    b. Why would you like to participate in The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s Apprentice Training Program? How will an apprenticeship affect your career goals and enhance your artistic practice? (500 word max)
    c. Artist Statement (500 word max)
  2. 20 work samples (label files: “last name-file number”, ex: Parker-01; images and video under 2MB and attached as .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf; videos attached as .avi or .mov)
    a. For large video/audio files please create a PDF file (one for each piece) that includes a video still and hyperlink to your vimeo, dropbox, etc.
  3. Reference list with file number, title, date, size, media, and, where applicable, conceptual intent (attached as .pdf or .doc)
  4. CV or Resume (attached as .pdf or .doc)
  5. Two (2) Professional References, must provide: Name, title, phone number, and email address.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the costs of the program?
There is a $300 studio fee to cover the costs of materials.

Is it a paid position?
The college/post­grad 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. There is regularly scheduled “homework” to be completed independently by the Apprentice.

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 4–5 apprentices 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 an emerging artist actively pursuing your career and can show a portfolio of 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 4 weeks after the application deadline.

What do you take into consideration when reviewing applications?

As we accept a small cohort of 4–5 apprentices, we want to make sure that the group will work together holistically and collaboratively. Balancing different mediums, backgrounds and experience levels. It is not required for applicants to have experience in screenprinting or fibers. The apprenticeship is not an artist residency. Applicants who do not know how to screenprint repeat patterns on fabric are preferred.

Why the tiered rate application system?

We’d like to make applying to the Apprentice Training Program more financially accessible. All applications in tiers 1–3 will be reviewed in the same pool for that term. There is no preference related to the date the application is received.

Is the apprenticeship physically demanding?

Yes, however, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the following essential functions:

Frequently required to stand
Frequently required to walk
Continually required to sit
Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
Occasionally required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel or crawl
Continually required to talk or hear
Continually utilize visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information, and/or use a keyboard
Occasionally lift up to 25 pounds
Occasionally work around fumes, airborne particles, or toxic chemicals
Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions
Occasionally exposed to loud noise (example: pressure washer)

Questions? Please contact or call 215.561.8888.