Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition Call to Artists

Exhibition on display in the Museum’s newly renovated Live Like a Hero Gallery
Summer/Fall 2020

ARTIST APPLICATION EXTENDED DEADLINE:
July 17, 2020

Attention: Due to COVID-19, the deadline for Philadelphia’s Freedom Call to Artists has been extended to July 17, 2020. Opening Reception TBD.

The National Liberty Museum invites artists from the City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love to submit artwork based on your unique interpretation of freedom.

When the National Liberty Museum opened in 2000, our founder Irvin Borowsky proclaimed, “We, who are fortunate enough to live in the land of liberty, must protect it, preserve it and guard it for future generations.”

Since then the Museum has nestled into the historic district of Philadelphia, taking its place just a block away from Independence Hall, with a mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity.

With the core beliefs of our founder and the concept of freedom in mind, please reference the questions below as a guide.

  • What does celebrating your freedoms look like to you? Examples of freedom include:
    • Freedom to vote, marry, pray, gather, get an education, live freely, etc.
  • How is freedom protected for future generations?
    • Are there instances where our basic freedom have not been protected?
  • What iconic figures do you associate with the term freedom?
  • How does Philadelphia specifically provide freedoms within your creative process?
    • Affordability, locations, networking opportunities, communities within a little-big city, etc.
  • In the news and online, we see lots of restrictive words like quarantine, confine, isolate, etc.  How has your freedom been affected by COVID-19?

Please note that artists are invited to submit related works in any medium, including acrylic and oil painting, illustration, ceramic, glass, video, digital art, and much more. Links to deadlines and other important dates are provided below. Please review before submitting.

The NLM’s Artist Spotlight – Each week leading up to the announcement of the Philadelphia’s Freedom opening reception, the NLM will highlight an artist that has submitted the form for our Call to Artists . The NLM’s Artist Spotlights will be promoted on our website and social media platforms.

Want to be a featured artist? To participate, tap the button below to submit your artwork to our upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia’s Freedom. If chosen, a member of our Exhibitions Department will follow up with you to discuss further details.

Help spread the word! Upload a photo of your submission to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and tag #NLMPhillyFreedom

We would like to take this time to thank you for being an important member of the NLM community. To show our gratitude, The National Liberty Museum has compiled a curated list of resources that benefit not only our city of Brotherly and Sisterly love, but the artists and cultural institutions across the globe. COVID-19 Resources

Warm Regards,
The Exhibitions Department

Submission Dates & Details

Submission form

 

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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.

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