Exhibition opening in the
Live Like a Hero Gallery,
January 7, 2022. Will be on display
through March 2022.

Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 11:59pm EST

“I only find freedom in the realms of eccentricity.” – David Bowie

The National Liberty Museum is excited to announce our major winter exhibition Deconstructing Bowie: Freedom in Eccentricity, opening Friday, January 7, 2022, as part of the Fifth Annual Philly Loves Bowie Week, and continuing through March 2022. Through this call-to-artist, we are asking artists to go beyond the surface of David Bowie as a symbol or icon by submitting artwork that exemplifies Bowie’s rebellious persona and the ways that he was able to push boundaries in the creative world, advancing our society, and making us freer as a whole.

Throughout his long career, David Bowie found personal freedom in his unique forms of expression, deconstructing cultural expectations and breaking down barriers for future artists. Music and art allowed Bowie to disrupt social norms by rebelling against them and introducing new and more equitable ways of thinking. Our aim for this exhibition is to show how David Bowie inspired true creative freedom for artists that came after him, showcasing how artists who were inspired by him are continuing to push boundaries and inspiring others to do the same. We want to celebrate the timeless power of music and art and their ability to challenge expectations and drive both individual and societal change. We are not just looking for simple depictions of Bowie, but rather for works that contextually explore the themes of identity (sexuality, gender, race), rebellion, fashion, and performance.

For this exhibition, we are looking for a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, 2D, 3D, fashion, A/V, and musical and dance performance.

As part of your application in response to our call, we are asking for an artist statement, specifically addressing items in the paragraph above, explaining your artwork and how it continues to be influenced by Bowie. Participating artwork will be selected by an in-house jury at the National Liberty Museum. The artwork on display in Deconstructing Bowie will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), in partnership with Philly Loves Bowie Week. Consignment details are outlined in the application.

• The complete application needs to be submitted no later than Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 11:59pm EST. Early applications are strongly encouraged.
• We will notify all artists of our decision no later than Friday, November 5.
• If you are selected to be part of Deconstructing Bowie, your artwork must be received at the NLM on or before Friday, December 3, 2021, ready to install. Artwork delivery instructions will be outlined in your notification emails.

• Follow this link to the online application form: Bowie Call to Artist Application
• You can submit as many works as you would like for consideration and new works are welcome.
• If you need more time than the application deadline allows to create a new work, submitting either planning sketches, digital or drawn, or images of the work(s) in progress will be acceptable.
• Only complete applications will be reviewed for selection. Make sure to fill out all required fields and properly save and submit all files in the application form.
• The Consignment Terms of Agreement, as well as the Terms of Participation, are outlined at the end of the application form. Please take your time and read these terms before submitting.
In conjunction with Deconstructing Bowie, the NLM is planning a series of programs and events, including artist lectures, workshops, and guided tours. These will be either in-person or virtual depending on your location, comfort level, and current CDC guidelines. In the application, we ask if you are interested in leading any of these programs. Your response will NOT have an impact on your selection.

If you have any questions regarding your application, the exhibition, or deadlines, please email Kelley Stone at exhibitions@libertymuseum.org.



Fall is for kids and Families
at the NLM.

The NLM offers a full calendar of virtual and on-site programs for kids and their families. We invite you to join us as we explore the themes of respect, taking action and spreading liberty to all.

Check out our exciting list of upcoming events for the fall.

Strength & Fragility Exhibition

*Final weeks to see the Peace Portal!

Strength & Fragility: The Story of the NLM highlights the life of the Museum’s founder Irvin J. Borowsky, and how his belief in universal equality and liberty, as well as his passion for contemporary glass art, led to the creation of the National Liberty Museum. Strength & Fragility includes engaging archival material, stunning glass artwork, immersive soundscapes and –*through September 12 only!– a magnificent 9-foot-high glass canopy by Ulla Darni, entitled the "Peace Portal.” Be sure to see this exhibition before the Peace Portal is taken down.

You'll find complete information here.

Art that acts as Social Commentary

The Graphic Content exhibition features graphic-centered artworks that take inspiration from counterculture tradition and give voice to those outside the mainstream. It features works that embody the artists' personal reflections on the current social and political climate.

The exhibition is on view through November 7, 2021
Learn more and purchase your Museum tickets now.

The artform of cartooning celebrates diversity, liberty, and inclusion

As a companion piece to the Graphic Content Exhibition, the NLM has brought back select pieces from Caretoons, a popular annual exhibition/competition that ran from 2005-2010. Through drawings submitted by children, as well as amateur and professional artists from around the world, the images in Caretoons grapple with contemporary issues through the approachable lens of cartoons and graphic art.

Click here to learn more and purchase your Museum tickets.

An exhibition celebrating NLM Award Winners

Since the NLM’s founding, a major component of our work has been our series of annual awards programs honoring the everyday heroes who live among us. This exhibition celebrates teachers, students, police officers, firefighters & first-responders, and healthcare professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and made a difference in the lives of others.

Click here to learn more and purchase Museum tickets.

Events at NLM

The NLM hosts a robust calendar of programs and events for adults, from thought-provoking panel discussions to fun and engaging tours and workshops.

To see what's happening this summer, click here.

For special evening adult programs, visit NLM@Night.

Virtual Guided Group Tours now available

Here's a great way to enjoy the NLM. Our staff will lead you on a virtual tour of the Museum, as they explain our history, our mission, and our special exhibitions. We offer a range of virtual guided tour themes or we can customize a tour specifically for your group.

You'll find complete information here.

Support the Next Generation of Heroes

Each school year, we send NLM educators directly into Philadelphia’s most underserved schools to teach students critical leadership skills, such as courage, integrity, responsibility, respect, and most important, empathy. We show them that they have the power through their First Amendment Rights to use these skills to make positive changes in their school and community.

Help us continue to bring this program to as many students as possible.
Click here to donate now.

Police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders are honored

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 15th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, via a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The event included several notable keynote speakers and was attended by the honorees, their families and colleagues,

Learn more here about their impressive and inspirational stories.

NLM Honors Medical Professionals

The National Liberty Museum is proud to host its annual Healthcare Heroes Awards, presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. This international awards program recognizes inspirational heroes in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have profoundly benefited their patients, their field, and the global community.

The 2020 Awards Ceremony was held virtually on December 3.
Click here to learn about the honorees.

NLM honors 14 inspiring students from across the country

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 20th annual TD Bank Young Heroes Awards with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 12. The ceremony honored 14 inspiring students, ages 18 and younger, who identified an area where liberty was lacking and took action to make positive change in their local schools or communities.

Learn about these amazing young people here.