GlassAccess Exhibit 2018 Spacelab
Call to Artists

The National Liberty Museum is now extending an open call to ARTISTS to submit artwork for our Spacelab Exhibit, July 6 – September 7, 2018. If you are an artist interested in participating, please read below.

The National Liberty museum invites emerging and established artists to submit artwork for an opportunity to participate in the upcoming group exhibit entitled Spacelab. We are looking for a diverse body of artwork with a main focus on glass. The GlassAccess Gallery at the National Liberty Museum will advertise and promote the artists selected for the exhibition and host a formal opening reception.

As long as humans have walked the surface of this “blue marble,” they have been inspired, tantalized, and intrigued by the view above them. Every aspect of the human experience– from religion to art to science– is deeply influenced by our experience of the celestial bodies around us, beginning with the sun, moon, and stars, and extending to exotic interstellar objects whose existence is still only speculated. In our modern world of complex social and environmental problems, space becomes a creative and scientific backdrop on which we project our hopes, fears, and aspirations. In stories, we transfer our social ills to an interstellar setting to gain a new perspective on them. In science, we look for solutions to problems on Earth by examining our solar neighbors near and far. Imagining ourselves in space allows us to imagine a world that does not yet exist– a world of peak human flourishing; of greater equality; of new horizons.

In the 1600s, Galileo’s telescope changed our view of the cosmos forever, thanks to the fundamental ingredient: glass. From lenses to windows to bifocals to lasers: Glass is continually being studied and researched for new possibilities. “Glass is a basic engineering material, and the materials you need to make glass are located on the Moon and other places,” says Dr. Richard (Rick) Weber, a NASA-funded researcher who heads up the Glass Products Division at Containerless Research Inc.

Artists who use glass as their primary medium are invited to submit their works which relate to the theme of outer space, and everything it implies.

Spacelab Exhibition: July 6 – Sept. 7, 2018
Artist Application Deadline: April 27, 2018
Notification to Artists Selected: May 8, 2018
Shipping Deadline for Artwork: June 4, 2018
Hand Delivery Deadline for Artwork: June 8, 2018


  1. Eligibility

    Spacelab is open to all professional artists, ages 18 and up, who design and produce their own work. We are looking for a body of artwork with a main focus on glass. The works may include multimedia and/or performance.

  2. How to Apply

    There is a $20 application fee per submission. Submissions may include up to two artworks. All submissions must be entered via our online submission form below.
    -Images must be in .jpg format – 300 dpi, min. 5″x7″
    -Video submissions must be uploaded as MP4.
    -If you are selected for the exhibit (and you are an American citizen), you will need to provide a W9 form to participate in the exhibit. Click here for printable form.

  3. Delivery and Pick-up Information

    Artwork should be delivered to the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.  Hand deliveries may be made at the front desk, Monday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.  Please make sure to write your name on your box, along with ATTN: GLASS.

    Works not sold will be available for pick up by November 18, 2018. If shipping arrangements need to be made, the Museum will contact you within 30 days after the show closes. Works will not be insured by the National Liberty Museum after November 1, 2018 unless special arrangements have been made.

Apply to Submit Artwork for the Spacelab exhibit

The Application process includes uploading one or more jpegs of the artwork(s) you would like to submit and a statement of 200 words or less in MS Word format about your work in regard to the theme of this exhibit. Please be prepared to provide those items before you begin this application. To learn more about the Museum’s connection to glass art, click here.



    You may submit up to two works of art, including two images for each work. Please upload images separately (300 dpi jpeg, min. 5"x7"). Video submissions must by MP4 format. (Images/video may be used in digital or printed material.)
  • NOTE: The selling price will be double the consignment price.
  • Example: Wall piece/Pedestal needed/Technical component such as electricity, projector, etc.
  • Please name the photographer, or yourself, if you took this photo.
  • NOTE: The selling price will be double the consignment price.
  • Example: Wall piece/Pedestal needed/Technical component such as electricity, projector, etc.
  • Please name the photographer, or yourself, if you took this photo.

    Please include a brief statement on how the topic of outer space, as described above, has influenced your work. Poems, stories or songs are welcome to illustrate your connection to this theme.
  • This statement will be printed alongside your piece(s), as well as in potential digital or print material.

  • National Liberty Museum (NLM) will: 1. Pay the Artist the consignment price (If work(s) are sold.) 2. Issue payment to the artist within 45 days after the date the buyer's payment is received. 3. NOT be responsible for any damage incurred during shipment to the Museum. 4. Be responsible for any damage to artwork, loss of artwork, or theft of artwork, while consigned to the Museum. 5. Will be in contact with the artist within 30 days after the show closes, if shipping arrangements need to be made. 6. Not insure your work(s) after November 1, 2018, unless special arrangements have been made.

    YOU agree to: 1. Ship all works to the National Liberty Museum by June 4, 2018. (Works delivered by hand must be received by June 8, 2018.) 2. Submit this form, completed in full, by April 27, 2018. 3. Submit a $20 application fee via the link you receive when you submit this form. 4. Be responsible for shipping costs of artwork to the Museum and back to you (if artwork does not sell). 5. Submit this application with the understanding that this is a selection process and your participation is not guaranteed.

  • When your form is completed, please click the submit button once to transmit your information; do not refresh the page during this process. THAT COMPLETES STEP #1 OF YOUR APPLICATION.

    When your form is successfully submitted, you will see a THANK YOU PAGE that contains a link to pay your $20 application fee. Please click on that link to complete your application process by submitting your payment.

    You must submit this form by April 27, 2018 to be considered for this exhibit.


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