Art in Process

The Fabric Workshop and Museum



The Fabric Workshop and Museum, studio staff Joy O. Ude and Avery Lawrence print Will Stokes Jr.’s Hidden. Photo by Carlos Avendaño.


The Fabric Workshop and Museum, studio staff Joy O. Ude and Andrea Landau work on Ann Hamilton’s "habitus" installation at Municipal Pier 9, Philadelphia. Photo by Lonnie Graham.


The Fabric Workshop and Museum, artist-in-residence Ursula von Rydingsvard; studio staff member Paige Fetchen, and Ursula von Rydingsvard studio staff member Morgan Daly work on "PODERWAĆ," 2017. Photo by Carlos Avendaño.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) will explore new ways to share the process of art-making and create transformative visitor experiences. As both a creating and presenting institution, FWM seeks to draw back the curtain on artistic experimentation in its studio and artist-in-residence programs in order to create meaningful connections between contemporary art and its audiences. In a yearlong discovery process, FWM staff will conduct site visits and speak with leaders at several model institutions where cutting-edge audience engagement work is being done, such as San Francisco’s Exploratorium and Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile. A council of thinking partners will contribute to the development of public engagement strategies to better serve and deepen relationships with FWM’s audiences. The advisory council includes Sara Devine of the Brooklyn Museum; artist, Pew Fellow, and Tyler School of Art professor Pepón Osorio; Ronna Tulgan-Ostheimer of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s Teen Council.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.