Exhibition on display in the
Live Like a Hero Gallery,
June 18, 2021 through fall 2021

May 2, 2021

The National Liberty Museum is excited to announce our summer exhibition Graphic Content, opening Friday, June 18, 2021. Through this call-to-artist and jury selection process, we aim to bring together a large, diverse group of artists who do not shy away from confronting and responding to difficult issues within their creative process.

Graphic Content will give space to graphic-centered artworks that act as social commentary, taking inspiration from counterculture tradition and giving voice to those outside the mainstream. The artwork should embody your unique, uncensored response to themes relating to deeper, more personal reflections on the current social and political climate. The most essential element of these artworks is that they make a statement, working to upset and change the status quo through visual expression. For the past 20 years, the National Liberty Museum has worked to inspire thoughtful action, educating our audiences on the importance of active participation to ensure understanding and equality for all. Through Graphic Content, we hope that visitors will learn from artists who are not afraid of controversial content, especially those who shine a spotlight on certain unabashed truths. How does your work aim to remove certain social stigmas and give clarity to ourselves and our histories, helping us better understand the present, and grow towards a more equitable future?

As part of your application, we are asking for you to write a short response to the prompt and question posed above (in bold, directions in application). If selected, your response will be included in the exhibition to give context to your work, and how it relates to who you are as an individual within the broader theme.

For this exhibition, we are looking for a variety of mediums in 2D or 3D, including but not limited to illustration, comics, ‘zines, graphic novels, street art, digital graphics, digital arts, sculpture, and glass. Participating artwork will be selected by an in-house jury at the National Liberty Museum.


  • The complete application, including the images of your artwork and a brief CV, needs to be submitted no later than Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:59PM.
  • We will notify all artists of our decisions by Friday, May 7.
  • If you are selected to be part of Graphic Content, your artwork must be received at the NLM on or before Friday, June 4, ready to install. Artwork delivery instructions will be outlined in your notification emails.


  • Follow this link to the online application form: Graphic Content Call to Artist Application
  • You can submit up to 3 artworks for consideration to Graphic Content. Unless they are part of a series, they will be evaluated individually. This means that, if you are selected, you could have anywhere between one and three pieces in the show.
  • Only complete applications will be accepted for review. Make sure to include a brief Artist CV, images of your artwork in jpg format with the title including your last name, and your response to the artist prompt.


  • In conjunction with Graphic Content, the NLM is planning a series of programs and events to spotlight featured artists, their work and the issues addressed. We are also exploring the possibility of hosting artwork or print sales in our shop. The application form includes questions to gauge your interest in participating in these exhibition-related opportunities.

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




Strength & Fragility Exhibition Now Open

Our newest exhibition, 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, and immersive soundscapes. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a magnificent 9-foot-high glass canopy by Ulla Darni, entitled “The Peace Portal.” It features a custom sound bath experience, Seeds of Love, written and produced by Philadelphia-based sound artist Luna Maye, in collaboration with composer Alfiya Glow.

You'll find complete information on here.

Exhibition focusing on freedom now in its final weeks

Philly's Freedom is an exhibition that explores what freedom means through a diverse collection of art from more than 50 Philadelphia artists. Don't miss the opportunity to embark on this inspiring journey to see freedom and liberty in a totally new way.

The exhibition closes on April 25.
Learn more and purchase your time tickets now.

Programs for Kids & Families

The NLM offers a full calendar of live and pre-recorded virtual 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.

Upcoming Events Include:
Act Small, Think Big, a weekend featuring both a live and prerecorded program, Saturday & Sunday, April 24 and April 25

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to learn more.


The Museum offers a wide variety of engaging digital experiences. Our Virtual NLM@Night series includes fun and informative entertainment on the subject of liberty specifically for adults.

Upcoming Events Include:
Members-Only Event: Heroes Among Us Exhibition Virtual Opening, April 9, 5pm
Cocktails with a Cause: Sustainability at Home, April 22, 2021, 5PM
How to Find Peace in Liberty: An Interactive Virtual Tour, Apr 27, 2021, 5PM

Click here to learn more.

Learn about NLM's Virtual Field Trip Programs

Looking for fun and educational virtual experiences for your students this school year? Let the National Liberty Museum’s educators bring liberty to life through tours, group discussions, games, crafts, and more that tell the amazing stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in the name of freedom and equality.

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.

NLM Honors Outstanding Educators in the Delaware Valley and Beyond

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 14th annual Teacher as Hero Award sponsored by State Farm® with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 24. The ceremony honored 10 inspiring teachers who make a difference in the lives of their students. To mark the occasion, State Farm Representatives, National Liberty Museum leadership, friends and family gathered via Zoom to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional educators.

Learn their stories here.

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.