Executive Director

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Philadelphia, PA 19107




Jan 17, 2024

Full time / $185,000 annually / The Fabric Workshop and Museum / Philadelphia, PA

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) seeks a leader with entrepreneurial and creative drive to serve as their Executive Director (ED). For over 45 years, FWM has been recognized as a groundbreaking space for contemporary artists to challenge their own craft and create inspiring works of contemporary art. The next ED will be a passionate advocate for FWM’s pioneering vision, further connecting FWM’s spirit of artistic investigation and discovery to an eager audience, broadening access, and advancing FWM’s role as a catalyst and champion for innovation.

Founded in 1977 by Marion “Kippy” Boulton Stroud (1939-2015), FWM presents ambitious exhibitions which convey a story of contemporary art that unites process with finished works. FWM originally invited artists to experiment with fabric, and later with a wide range of innovative materials and media. From the outset, FWM has served as an education center for local young people who, as printing apprentices, learned technical and vocational skills along with approaches to creative expression. Today, FWM is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum, working in collaboration with artists coming from diverse artistic backgrounds and media including sculpture, installation, video, painting, photography, ceramics, and architecture. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on site in studios providing visitors with the opportunity to see artwork from conception to completion.

The next Executive Director will guide FWM to the next chapter in its story, taking advantage of an opportunity to enhance the influence and elevate the visibility of this consequential and singular arts organization. The ED will be a purposeful and forward-looking leader with a passion for experimental contemporary art. The successful candidate will understand the strategic issues facing arts and culture organizations and will have the foresight necessary to navigate the future of the field. The ED will lead and publicly represent a dynamic and influential institution grounded in collaboration and innovation. They will prioritize effective administration and work closely with the Board of Directors, staff, and key stakeholders to oversee artistic and educational programs, strategic goal-setting, financial and budgetary planning, fundraising and development efforts, and marketing and communications. As the organization’s leading voice and guardian, the ED will continue to build FWM’s prominence as a preeminent arts organization within Philadelphia and beyond.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of its next president. All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications (resumes and letters of interest) should be sent electronically and in confidence to: 

Lisa Savereid, Partner
Ryan Leichenauer, Managing Associate
Miguel Santiago, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. FWM’s culture embraces diversity within the workplace, and outside, and welcomes all candidates to apply, without fear of discrimination.

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