Exhibition opening in the
Live Like a Hero Gallery,
June 3, 2022. Will be on display
through fall 2022.

ARTIST APPLICATION DEADLINE ROUND 1: Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 11:59pm EST
The National Liberty Museum (NLM) is excited to announce our major exhibition for next summer, This is My Home, opening Friday, June 3, 2022. Five artists will be selected from a two-step call-to-artist and in-house jury selection process. This exhibition will provide artists their own space within a gallery to create a site-specific installation inside a constructed “home”. The way you choose to design and install your experience is entirely up to you.

Individual artists, collaborative groups, and creative organizations are encouraged to apply, and all mediums are welcome.

The NLM envisions a world where all people understand and embrace the contemporary meaning and significance of liberty and feel empowered to take positive action to ensure liberty for themselves and others. We are constructing these spaces for artists to share their histories, experiences, and hopes for the future, engaging visitors with a window onto different perspectives to find common ground with one another. The site-specific installations will be inside fabricated, single-room homes that create an immersive space of understanding and empathy, two principles that are vital to the growth and preservation of liberty. Our aim is to enable artists to express their internal narrative in the form of external, real-life spaces that promote an open dialogue relating to the themes presented. These direct and honest conversations will educate visitors, inspiring them to put liberty into action in their own lives for a more equitable future.

The homes will be uniform in size, 8’W x 12’L x 8’H, with a 4’W x 84”H doorway on one long side. Please click the link below for images of the general home structure. These can be used for the preliminary sketches, but other resources are encouraged.

For the first round of the application, we are asking for a project proposal for your installation that must include:
1. A single document including the following written requirements:

-Tell us about the plan for your “home” and the story you are telling and how you will design and install the space. For your artist statement please respond to and expand on the bolded exhibition statement above. 1000 words max. (An adapted version of this will be required in the final round, if selected, to be installed in the exhibition and act as an introduction to your home)
-Artist bios, including collaborating artists groups and/or organizations. 300 words max.

2. Any preliminary sketches
– Please note that the exterior should only include minimal decoration

3. Portfolio of relevant examples of past work, minimum of 3
– If part of a group, include either examples of past collaborative projects or examples from each artist

4. Things to keep in mind, but are not required at this phase:
– Project budgets, any special installation requirements, and fabrication timelines

Selected artists will receive a stipend in the range of $1,500 – $2,500 to cover materials and time, which will be finalized after the first round of proposals. Travel expenses will be determined based on individual need and do not impact application decisions. Final details of the stipend will be included in your first-round selection email.

If you are selected to take part in the final round of the application, you will be required to submit the following (more details will come with the first-round selection email):

    • Final draft renderings, digital or otherwise, of the interior and exterior of your home. NLM will provide more detailed floorplans and structure images as guides
      -Interior spaces should be installed to ensure that they are physically accessible to all visitors
    • Artists can choose their exterior paint color. The NLM will paint the inside a primed white. Any other changes to the interior will be the responsibility of the artists
      -Exterior should only have minimal decoration, and will also include the artist statement to act as an introduction to your space
    • Installation materials, timeline, and any special installation requirements
      -Please note: Artists will be responsible for their own installation, with the NLM Exhibitions team to assist
    • General budget and project timeline
      -If selected, artists will be required to track expenses as part of the stipend agreement
    • Written requirements and interpretive materials in final draft form. Edits may be made by NLM for only grammar and clarity
• The complete first round application must be submitted no later than Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:59pm EST. Early applications are encouraged.
• We will notify all artists of our first-round decision by Friday, December 17, 2021, to move onto the final round of the application process.
• If selected, the final round application will be due by Sunday, February 6, 2022. Some expectations have been outlined already, with more details to be included in your first-round selection email.
• Final selection of the five exhibiting artists will be completed by Friday, February 25, 2022, and all artists will be notified of the decision the same day.
• Installation will tentatively start on Monday, May 2, 2022, and needs to be completed by Friday, May 20, 2022. Installation dates are flexible depending on the artists’ needs.

• Follow this link to the online application form: This is My Home Application
• Only completed applications will be accepted for review. Be sure to include an artist bios for all participating artists; examples of past works (either as individuals or a group); and the proposal.
• Basic Terms of Participation are outlined at the end of the application form. Please take your time and read these terms before submitting.

• Throughout the application process, the Exhibitions team might ask to do a studio visit or interview with you to discuss your project proposal.
• Selected artists will be expected to take part in programming related to This Is My Home, either in-person or virtually depending on your location, comfort level, and current CDC guidelines. These programs could include artist lectures, workshops, and guided tours.

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.

Four Paths to Better Policing
An Interactive Virtual Public Dialogue
Monday, November 1, 2021; 7-9 pm on Zoom

Everyone has a vested interest in issues surrounding policing in our communities. We invite you to hear experts in the field and the community briefly outline four different paths to better public safety. After you hear from our experts, go deeper with fellow citizens, sharing your experiences and viewpoints in moderated small groups.

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 upcoming events, 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.