The vibrant artists, audiences, staff, and volunteers at Franklin Street Works are the driving force behind our explorations of innovative contemporary art. Located in downtown Stamford, Connecticut, we are a hub for exhibitions, educational programming, community collaborations and conversations about the arts.

At Franklin Street Works we value the role of artists in society. We support the dignity of the artist's labor and their artistic processes and pay honoraria for commissioned artist projects, performances, and talks. Artists are also paid screening fees for video art and are provided with professional support, including professional shipping and art handling during the installation.

In order to serve the broadest sector of our community and democratize the visual arts, we do not charge admission fees. Your donation is fully tax-deductible and helps us present engaging, provocative exhibitions and programming in a welcoming environment.

Become a Member

Being a Franklin Street Works member means that you share in our commitment to contemporary art and that you support the work of vibrant emerging artists and inventive curatorial practices. Your membership enables us to continue to present engaging, provocative exhibitions and programming in our welcoming space. Franklin Street Works' educational programming focuses on contemporary art and social issues of our day and is integral to the organization's commitment to nurturing a caring, inclusive community. We have designed a membership program that offers some great benefits.

Individual Member: $35.00
Membership for Two: $50.00

  • Franklin Street Works Tote Bag – Each new member receives a spacious cotton Franklin Street Works tote bag!
  • Invitations to Member Meet-ups: Our members can attend thematic meet-ups at both Franklin Street Works and other art venues to give them the opportunity to learn more about contemporary art today, make new friends, and be a part of the Franklin Street Works community.
    Discounted admissions fees to any ticketed fundraisers or other paid events.
  • Two original complimentary artist books, zines, or other multiples made by past exhibiting artists will be mailed to you! Many of these artists exhibit internationally and can be found in major public and private collections, including the Tate, London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
  • A Thank you and Membership card! Your portable artworks will be accompanied by a cheerful note of gratitude from the Franklin Street Works Team! And you will receive your very own membership card.

Art Engaged Patron Membership

Franklin Street Works invites you to join our new membership, Art Engaged!  As an Art Engaged Patron Member, you will be a part of one of the region’s leading membership group devoted to bringing together arts enthusiasts and unique arts experiences. Franklin Street Works is involved in an extensive network of arts organizations, artists, and thinkers, and we will introduce you to spaces and faces in our orbit through these special events!  Membership fee for the year is $250.

Art Engaged Patron Members can participate in an exciting calendar of programs and events, including curator-led exhibition tours at museums, alternative spaces, private collections, artist studios, and more.

In addition to Franklin Street Works’ regular member perks, Art Engaged Patron Members will also enjoy these benefits:

  • Preferred reservations for fall and spring FSW art outings such as curator-led exhibition tours, private visits to collectors’ homes, and artist studio visits. (Additional fees may apply)
  • Invitation for two to Patron-only exhibition cocktail receptions with a curator conversation
  • Recognition on Franklin Street Works' website
  • 2 complimentary admission tickets to The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art

The 2018 calendar features the following events*

SUMMER ART OUTING: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Day trip to Magazzino Italian Art (11:30 am) and Dia:Beacon (2:00pm).  Magazzino Italian Art is a private warehouse art space located in Cold Spring, NY, founded in 2017 by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu with Vittorio Calabrese as Director. Its mission is to widen public appreciation and education of Post-war and Contemporary Italian Art in the United States.  Dia:Beacon presents Dia’s collection of conceptual and minimalist art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs. Franklin Street Works Patron Members will enjoy a tour of Magazzino at 11:30 am, head over to Dia for lunch at the Homespun cafe, followed by a one-hour tour with our Dia guide. (Registration fee of $25 per person includes tour guides + admission fees.  Lunch is extra.).

AUTUMN ART OUTING: DATE TBD - Visit to the Judd Foundation, 101 Spring Street, NY.  The Judd Foundation maintains and preserves artist Donald Judd’s permanently installed living and working spaces, libraries, and archives in New York and Marfa, Texas.  (Date to be confirmed 2 months prior). Franklin Street Works Patron Members will receive a guided tour.

EXHIBITION COCKTAIL RECEPTIONS: Art Engaged Patron Members will also enjoy intimate cocktail receptions for each exhibition, which include a curator conversation. The 2018 schedule will include a summer gathering for “My Vicious Throbbing Heart” curated by Risa Puleo (Chicago) and an autumn gathering for "False Flag: The Space Between Paranoia and Reason" curated by Jeff Ostegren (New Haven).

* Other events will be added once they are confirmed.

Art Engaged Patrons:

Michael Bischoff  |  Roberto Chiappelloni  |  Sharon Chrust  |  Victor Cohn  |  Wendy Cooper  |  Kathryn Emmett  |  John Fifield  |  Avram Freedberg  |  Mark Golub  |  Tracy McKenna  |  Mark Nowotarski  |  Tom O'Connor  |  Kirsten Pitts  |  Pamela Sanders  |  Arthur Selkowitz  |  Richard Silver  |  Philip Strassburger  |  Bonnie Wattles

Volunteer

As a rapidly expanding start-up, alternative art space and café, Franklin Street Works provides an ideal opportunity for enterprising volunteers to learn the challenges and opportunities in producing top-level exhibitions and programs first-hand.

We encourage people in the community with areas of professional expertise to join us by contributing knowledge and time to our exhibitions, programs and organization. Areas of experience that are particularly helpful include accounting and finance, marketing/public relations, development, event planning, graphic design, blog and web platforms, photography, video editing and videography.

  • Two original complimentary artist books, zines, or other multiples made by past exhibiting artists will be mailed to you! Many of these artists exhibit internationally and can be found in major public and private collections, including the Tate, London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
  • A Thank you and Membership card! Your portable artworks will be accompanied by a cheerful note of gratitude from the Franklin Street Works Team! And you will receive your very own membership card.

Become a Volunteer

Corporate Support

Franklin Street Works offers Corporate Sponsors the ability to fully customize a sponsor package that meets your company’s needs. Your generosity enables us to bring nationally recognized museum-quality contemporary art to the region.

Packages include sponsorship of a specific exhibition, educational program or special event. Corporate sponsors can enjoy special access to exhibition programming, private VIP tours led by our Creative Director, and the opportunity to host parties, meetings, and events in our airy, modern gallery setting. Corporate Sponsors will be recognized in digital and printed materials.

Please call Kristina Bicher, Interim Executive Director at (203) 595-5211 or email at kristina@franklinstreetworks.org

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