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Activities and Programs
Visitors explore the Process Lab in "Jayson Musson: His History of Art," on view in 2022. Jayson Musson, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo: Carlos Avendaño.
Tour our exhibitions
FWM Museum Tour Manager will guide you through our current exhibitions, sharing stories about the collaboration process, materials and techniques, the artist’s practice, and the themes present in the artist’s work. Check out our current tour offerings below.
FWM Artist-in-Residence Jayson Musson views works in progress for "His History of Art," 2022. Jayson Musson, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Visit our studios
Get a behind-the-scenes look at FWM. Hear from our Apprentices about the process of creating a 3-color repeat pattern, visit our print production and swatch archive, and learn how we expose screens and mix pigments! Get a sneak peek at the work in progress for upcoming exhibitions and chat with our studio staff about the process of collaborating with our Artists-in-Residence to create a new body of work.
FWM College/Post-grad Apprentices get a behind-the-scenes tour of the FWM archives. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
View artist boxes in our archive
FWM has over 400 artist boxes in our archive, containing process materials, revealing the stories behind our collaborations with artists over the past 45 years! See the sketches, material tests, notes, and process photographs from your favorite artists’ projects. Request up to five artist boxes to view and receive an insider’s look at the process of storing and archiving artworks.
Visitors participate in a lively screenprinting workshop in the FWM Print Studio. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Participate in a hands-on screenprinting workshop
Learn elements of the screenprinting process, reflect on themes within our current exhibitions, and leave with your own unique artwork! Check out our current workshop offerings below.
Making a Reservation
For more information or to schedule a tour, please complete and submit our Tour and Workshop Inquiry Form. Advance registration required; booking at least two weeks in advance is appreciated. Tours and workshops can be scheduled for Tuesday through Friday between 10:00 am–6:00 pm for a minimum of 4 participants.
Before your visit, we encourage groups to learn about the history of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, our Artists-in-Residence Program, and current exhibitions on view. Engage your group in a conversation about contemporary art museums and museum etiquette. If your group is running late, please contact us as soon as possible. If your group is not present within the first 15 minutes of your scheduled time and we have not received notice, or if arrival is delayed by more than 30 minutes, tours will be cancelled without a refund. Please check our current COVID guidelines prior to your visit.
Exhibition Tour: $10 per person
Exhibition Tour + Behind-the Scenes Studios Visit: $15 per person
Exhibition Tour + Hands-on Workshop: $20 per person
Archive/Collections Tour: $15 per person
Collector’s Tour: $20 per person
Tour of exhibition: $5 Exhibition Tour + Behind-the-Scenes Studios Visit: $10 per person
Exhibition Tour + Hands-on Workshop $15 per person
Archive/Collections Tour: $10 per person
Rate for Persons/Groups ages 65+
Exhibition Tour + your choice of a Behind-the-Scenes Studio Visit or Archive Tour: $5 per person
Hands-on Screenprinting Workshop: $10 per person
Title 1 Rate/ Social Service Organization
Up to 30 Exhibition Tour + Hands-on Workshop: $5 per student
If you would like to schedule a tour or workshop but feel a visit would be prohibitive for your group, please contact [email protected]
Current Tour Offerings
Isaac Julien, Paradise (Omeros) No. 2, 2002. Roland Archival pigmented inkjet print (triptych), 3 sheets: 27 x 27 inches each; image: 24 x 24 inches each. Edition of 12. © Isaac Julien. Gift from the artist.
In Focus: Isaac Julien
This exhibition examines the transformations of self and community through a selection of works by past Artists-in-Residence Nick Cave, Robert Pruitt, Betye Saar, and Alison Saar organized in conversation with a photographic triptych by Sir Isaac Julien CBE RA. Visitors will learn the compelling stories of these past projects and reflect on themes such as folklore, spirituality, feminism, colonial violence, and Afrofuturism.
Installation view of “Rose B. Simpson: Dream House.” Rose B. Simpson, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Rose B. Simpson: Dream House
In this immersive multi-room installation, New Mexico-based artist Rose B. Simpson leads us around the contours of intimacy and memory with windows into her own domestic narrative, kinship, and subconscious. Inspired by Pueblo architecture, her ancestral landscape, and magical realism, Simpson explores the imprints and through-lines that connect and orient her life as an artist, an Indigenous person, and a mother.
Image: © Henry Taylor, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. "Nothing Change, Nothing Strange," 2023. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange
Ambitious and expansive, Nothing Change, Nothing Strange is the result of an 18-month residency featuring an immersive sculptural environment that Henry Taylor created through his continued exploration of painting and sculpture alongside his first experimentation with textiles. Dissecting, merging, and mending an assortment of recycled materials has enabled Taylor to forge a previously uncharted avenue in his ever-expanding artistic process. In this exhibition, Taylor examines how people and materials are held together, separated, and categorized both socially and systematically.
FWM Director of Studio Operations Nami Yamamoto works on stuffed figures for "Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: Blood Moon," 2021–2022. Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Behind-the-Scenes Studio Tour
Want a chance to see artists at work in our studios? There is always a wide range of creative activity happening daily at FWM. Visitors will get a sneak peek at the work our Studio team is creating for upcoming exhibitions and the repeat patterns our Apprentices our printing on our 19-yard print tables! See how we mix pigments in our pigment room, expose screens in our exposure room, and peruse our fabric archive which contains swatches from the yardage printed at FWM since 1977!
Our archive of artist boxes feature materials and notes related to the many projects that take place at FWM. Lenore Tawney, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
These special tours allow visitors a rare glimpse into our collection of over 400 artist boxes. These boxes contain process materials from an artist’s residency at FWM. The boxes reveal how art was made at this moment in history and capture a specific moment of an artist’s career. Through material tests, sketches, notes, models, and samples, the artist boxes tell the story of the challenges and discoveries that arise from these compelling collaborations.
Visitors can request to view up to five artist boxes from our collection. Selections can be made by perusing our Artist-in-Residence page. If you don’t have particular artists in mind, you can request a selection of boxes that address a theme or process curated by FWM staff. Requests must be made two weeks in advance.
"Storm at Split Rock," 2020. Digital print silk, taffeta nylon, eco down, thermochromic pigment, silkscreen ink, 50 x 70″ ; Edition size: 18 w 2 APs. Samara Golden in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Over the years, Artists-in-Residence have collaborated with FWM to create special editions in a range of media, creating a trove of objects and wearables for art lovers and collectors. Explore artist boxes that showcase the process of designing and producing artist editions, highlighting the work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Jiha Moon, Samara Golden, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Edgar Heap of Birds, and Kiki Smith. All participants receive a 10% discount in the Museum Shop!
FWM offers amazing virtual tours and workshops as well! Please contact [email protected] to hear about our virtual offerings.
*Workshops are offered virtually for any size group or onsite for groups of 4 participants or more. In the interest of maintaining the safety of our visitors and staff, we are temporarily adjusting our maximum youth tour capacity to 12 youth with two adult chaperones.
These immersive workshops engage the minds and bodies of artists at all levels. Participants begin with an interactive tour of the exhibition, followed by a hands-on workshop in the studio designed to connect to the process, materials, or concepts expressed in the artist’s work. FWM is proud to print exclusively on biodegradable, recycled, or 100% organic cotton materials.
Inspired by Rose B. Simpson: Dream House
Shape of Your House
Dream House is a space composed of metaphors and imbues physicality to the artist’s personal journey, her relationships to her family, her ancestors, her work, and the landscape of her home. How can you use the shapes of the spaces you inhabit to create your own metaphors? Consider the exterior and interior spaces within your home and within yourself through exploring the printmaking process.
Shape of Your Shadow
When you enter Rose B. Simpson: Dream House, you are greeted by your own shadow. A shadow captures our presence in the place, where we are, and the time we are in. A shadow also reminds us of the trace we leave behind. What is the shape of your shadow?
Patterns for Repeating
Patterns exist in nature and in every aspect of life. What patterns are worth repeating and what patterns should we change or imagine anew? Print your own repeat pattern that reflects an intentional design for the year ahead!
Inspired by In Focus: Isaac Julien
Love and Luck Prints
What role can love and chance play in the process of screenprinting? What places, people, and objects symbolize love or represent harbingers of good fortune in your own life? Draw inspirations from Betye Saar’s 1984hand screenprinted duvet cover, Takin’ a Chance on Luv, and use elements of chance, intuition, and love to create your own monoprinted design!
Isaac Julian’s triptych, Paradise (Omeros) No. 2, 2002, uses dappled light, a figure, and a subtle overlay of color and shape to explore the complex layers within identity. Learn how to use screenprinting and the overlay of shape and color to express elements of your own life and identity.
Inspired by Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange
Nothing Strange / Woven Structures
Learn to weave with what you’ve got. Using materials gleaned from FWM studios and collected by staff, participants will build tiny triangle looms and explore weaving with every day and extraordinary materials.
How can we use printmaking to represent our daily accumulations of dust, dreams, debts, feelings, belongings, and ideas? Commemorate your own accumulation and learn how to monoprint with color and collage materials on paper.
Brick by Brick
Sometimes printmakers screenprint their designs within shapes that can comprise a template. When folded or put together, the pieces can later be constructed into a garment or sculpture. Create your own engineered bricks by printing, cutting, folding and constructing a prepared design. Let’s build something great together!