GlassAccess Exhibit Archive

The Glass Access Gallery in our lower level features temporary glass exhibits of various themes throughout the year. Below is an archive of our most recent exhibits. Please check back often for upcoming events.

SPACELAB Exhibit
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
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

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Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition
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
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

The Inspiring Stories of our 2018 Awards of Valor Honorees

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. The 2018 Awards Ceremony was held on September 12. Our honorees' inspiring stories will be displayed in a Museum exhibit and on our 2018 Awards of Valor page in the coming weeks. Please check back shortly,

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We invite you to view the photos of our 2018 Glass Auction & Gala

Our 2018 Glass Auction & Gala was held on Saturday, October 6 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown! With more than 350 guests from near and far, we're proud to share that this was one of our most successful Auctions yet! All proceeds directly benefit the thousands of children who participate in our education and outreach programs.

Photos of this exciting event are now available for viewing.
We thank everyone who supported our most important fundraiser of the year.

FPRI to host "Defeating Religious Nationalism with Faithful Patriotism"

The Foreign Policy Research Institute, a think tank that brings the insights of scholarship to America’s foreign policies, will host its next event of the 2018 fall/winter series at the NLM on Tuesday, October 30. The guest speaker is Chris Seiplei, who served as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith and is co-founder of The Cradle Fund, which restores endangered Christians and members of other religions/ethnic groups in the Middle East to safety. Learn more and register today.