The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is an internationally recognized art museum with an active studio and artist-in-residence program. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on site in studios that are open to the public. Founded in 1977, FWM initially invited visual artists to Philadelphia to experiment with fabric in its workshops, and it later expanded tools to accommodate a wide range of innovative materials and media. Resident artists over the years have included Laurie Anderson, Mark Bradford, Louise Bourgeois, Glenn Ligon, Ed Ruscha, Yinka Shonibare, Sarah Sze, and dozens of others.
An initiative supported by consultants with expertise in retail, e-commerce, and web design strategies, as well as a new staff position that will coordinate commercial studio endeavors, will aim to bolster the earning potential of both The Fabric Workshop and Museum and artists. The extended capacity for studio collaborations with artists will allow the organization to create and sell limited-edition artworks and other merchandise related to its exhibitions, artist residencies, and permanent collection.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.