Exhibits Archive

The Museum’s two temporary exhibition galleries, the Live Like a Hero Gallery and the Art Gallery@NLM feature temporary exhibits of various themes throughout the year. Below is an archive of past exhibits. Please check the navigation links on the left for current or upcoming exhibitions.

 

We Can Be Heroes, presented in the Art Gallery@NLM
January 3 – February 3, 2020

The We Can Be Heroes Exhibition was presented in conjunction with Philly Loves Bowie Week (January 3-12), an annual volunteer production of events throughout the city created by committed fans of the superstar singer, songwriter, artist, and actor, David Bowie, who passed away on January 10, 2016. The We Can Be Heroes Exhibition was a major component of “Philly Loves Bowie Week.” It featured a collection of mixed-media figurative and abstract artworks that explored the influence that the man who became known as the “Starman” had –and continues to have– on contemporary art.

Please enjoy these photos from our Opening Event.

 


 

Destined for the Stars, presented in the Art Gallery@NLM
August 2 – December 2, 2019

Destined for the Stars was a solo exhibition of painted glass, aluminum, and mixed media wall-reliefs by artist Ricky Bernstein. Bernstein’s work features comic book-like characters who struggle with out-of-control vacuum cleaners, tangled telephone cords, ill-timed computer crashes, and more, as they juggle their often mundane daily chores. This exhibition celebrated victories over life’s everyday challenges and made the point that we are all heroes in our own right.

Please enjoy these photos from our Opening Event.

 


 

Welcome the Stranger Exhibit, presented in the Art Gallery@NLM
March 9 – June 9, 2019

Welcome the Stranger was a one-woman exhibit of cast glass, ceramics, and mixed media by Micaela Amateau Amato. In this exhibit, Amato presented her interpretation of modern and historic figures who rose like “superheroes” to accept seemingly impossible challenges of liberty. This unique collection included images of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Malala Yousafzai, and many others.

Please enjoy these photos from our Opening Event.

 


 

SPACELAB Exhibit, presented in the Art Gallery@NLM
July 6 – September 7, 2018

SPACELAB was a one-of-a-kind showcase of glass art that explored the great unknown – outer space. This collection of artwork examined human relationships with the universe, including space travel; extraterrestrial beings and intergalactic discoveries; the vastness and mystery of space; and much more. The featured work ranged from whimsical and mystical to elegant and awe-inspiring.

Please enjoy these photos from our Opening Event.



SOUND + VISION Exhibit, presented in the Art Gallery@NLM
April 6 – June 10, 2018


Sound + Vision explored the influence of music on contemporary glass art and the inextricable connection between music and visual expression. It showcased figurative representations of instruments and sound, experimental glass instruments, and multimedia and sculptural works inspired by both musical experiences and legends like David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson and many others.

Please enjoy these photos from our Opening Event.

Photos provided by Priscilla White


 

Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition, presented in the Art Gallery@NLM
June 2 - August 6, 2017

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

  1. Featured Artists in Transparency

    Transparency featured works by Nancy Callan, Joseph Cavalieri, Pearl Dick, Sarah Gilbert, Kim Harty, Joshua Hershman, Eric Hess, Niki Hildebrand, Carmichael Jones, Drew Mattei, Amanda Nardone, Ronnie Phillips, Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles, Brandon Robinson, Joe Sircoulomb, Tim Tate, Wes Valdez, Jeff Zimmer, and Walter Zimmerman.



The Treachery of Images: A Glass Art Exhibition, presented in the Art Gallery@NLM
April 7 - May 7, 2017

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


 

 

 

Celebrating Pride Month with a Retrospective Exhibition

For Pride Month 2017, the National Liberty Museum presented Transparency, the nation’s first museum exhibition of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists in the LGBTQ+ community. While the physical exhibition is currently being housed at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, the NLM is partnering with this Museum from June 15-19 to host a week of virtual activities and social media posts to again draw attention to this thought-provoking exhibition.

We invite you to participate in these very interesting events. Learn more here.

VIRTUAL NLM@Night

As we all practice social distancing, the National Liberty Museum is proud to offer fun, engaging, and informative entertainment through our Virtual NLM@Night series. Each week, these events will ask audiences to imagine liberty and the impact of everyday heroes.

Click here to learn about upcoming events.

Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition Call to Artists

When the National Liberty Museum opened its doors twenty years ago just a block away from Independence Hall, it took on the mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity. For our upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia's Freedom, the National Liberty Museum invites artists from the City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love to submit artwork based on your own interpretation of freedom.

Philadelphia's Freedom will debut in the NLM's Live Like a Hero Gallery in the Summer/Fall of 2020. The deadline to apply is July 17.
Click here to read a letter from our Exhibitions Department about the effects of COVID-19, complete the submission form, or browse our Artist & Cultural Institution Resource List.

Do you know a young person who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 TD Bank Young Heroes Award. This honor recognizes young people who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a first-responder who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards of Valor presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS. This Award honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious community service. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

Do you know a teacher who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Teacher as Hero Award. This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a Healthcare Professional who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Awarded in four categories, Healthcare Heroes recognizes professionals in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have had a profound impact on others.

This year we are expanding the Community Hero Award category by including all those who participated in helping others in regard to the treatment of COVID-19. Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.