The National Liberty Museum is now extending an open call to ARTISTS to submit artwork for SPACELAB: An Interstellar Exhibit of Glass Art,   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.

The application process has now closed. If you have already submitted your application, please note the dates above for notification and delivery of your artwork.



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