GlassAccess Exhibit Archive

The Glass Access Gallery in our lower level features temporary glass exhibits of various themes throughout the year. Below is an archive of our most recent exhibits. Please check back often for upcoming events.

Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition
June 2, 2017 @ 10am – August 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

For more than 40 years, LGBTQ+ identifying people have gathered in the month of June to commemorate their struggles, celebrate their identities, and advocate for their communities. What we now call “LGBT Pride Month” or simply “Pride” is a worldwide phenomenon that reminds us that the freedom to live our truth is necessary for a liberated society. For Pride 2017, the National Liberty Museum hosted the nation’s FIRST museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBTQ+ community. We were very excited to present this celebration of identity and freedom.

The Museum partnered with the Human Rights Campaign to host an Opening Reception for the Transparency Exhibit on Friday evening, June 9.

Please enjoy these photos from our Opening Event.

Photos provided by Priscilla White



The Treachery of Images: A Glass Art Exhibition
April 7, 2017 @ 10am – May 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Glass smoking pipes —known as “functional glass” — occupy a marginal space in the art world due to their association with illicit activities. As a result, functional glass artists are rarely recognized for the creative problem-solving, innovation, and experimentation they invest in their art. This exhibit pushed the limits of artistic respectability by showcasing their work and embracing the challenges pipe makers face in their efforts to be accepted within the art world.

Please enjoy these photos from our Opening Event.

Photos provided by Nick Cosentino

You might also enjoy watching the very interesting panel discussion.


The panelists included:
Nick Vadala of Philly.com
• Jeremy Grant Levine, Pipe artist
• Slinger, Pipe artist
• Chris Baltz, Photographer, collector
• Terasina Bonanini, Gallery Director, Ruckus Gallery
• David King, Glass Artist and Teacher
• Wayne McDermott, Glass pipe maker, Rockstar Glass

Sound + Vision Exhibition on Display April 6 - June 10

Sound + Vision explores the influence of music on contemporary glass art and the inextricable connection between music and visual arts. Featuring the works of 29 artists and collaborative teams, Sound + Vision showcases figurative representations of instruments, experimental glass instruments, and multimedia sculptural works inspired by both musical experiences and legends. Learn more.

Shown: Violin by Etai Rahmil. Photo by Steven Toney.

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In the next session of our ongoing lecture series by FPRI, our guest is Stuart Eizenstat, Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP. He will discuss his new book, President Carter: The White House Years, which provides an insider perspective on the successes and failures of the Carter Administration. This lecture will be held on May 2 at 6:30pm. Learn more and register day.

Young Heroes Award

This annual awards program, sponsored by TD Bank, recognizes young people who have taken leadership roles in their schools or communities to bring about positive social change. Each year we look for young people who have engaged in civic activities, promoted respectful resolutions to conflict, advocated for diversity, and much more. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more and nominate a deserving young person today.

Awards of Valor

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more