GlassAccess Exhibit Wheels on Fire
Call to Artists

The National Liberty museum invites people who currently identify as women, people who are non-binary, and people who have a history of being assigned female to submit artwork for an opportunity to participate in the upcoming group exhibit entitled Wheels on Fire, opening on March 8, 2019.

The historically male-dominated tradition of tobacco pipe smoking has given way to a less gender-restrictive culture of marijuana glass pipe smoking. Glass work has also traditionally been a male-dominated field. Wheels on Fire will highlight pieces from the diverse range of work that women in the functional glass art community are creating.

The GlassAccess gallery at the National Liberty Museum seeks to spotlight emerging and established glass pipe-makers in our target groups (noted above) who represent a skillful and boundary-pushing force in art, design, and utilitarianism. We are looking for works that break new ground conceptually and technically. GlassAccess is looking for stereotype-smashing submissions of conceptual, sculptural, high-functioning and collaborative works.

The GlassAccess Gallery at the National Liberty Museum will advertise and promote the artists selected for the exhibition and host a formal opening reception.

Wheels on Fire Exhibit:  March 8, 2019
Artist Application Deadline: December 1, 2018
Notification to Artists Selected: December 7, 2018
Shipping Deadline for Artwork: January 25, 2019
Hand Delivery Deadline for Artwork: Feburary 6, 2019


  1. Eligibility

    Wheels on Fire is open to all women artists, ages 18 and up, who design and produce their own work. We are looking for a body of artwork with a main focus on glass. The works may include multimedia and/or performance.

  2. How to Apply

    -There is a $20 application fee per submission.
    -Submissions may include up to two artworks.
    -All submissions must be entered via our online submission form below.
    -Images must be in .jpg format – 300 dpi, min. 5″x7″
    -Video submissions must be uploaded as MP4.
    -If you are selected for the exhibit (and you are an American citizen), you will need to provide a W9 form to participate in the exhibit. Click here for printable form.

  3. Delivery and Pick-up Information

    Deliver to*:  National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

    Hand deliveries are encouraged
    and may be made at the front desk, Monday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.  Please make sure to write your name on your box, along with ATTN: GLASS.

    *The artist will be responsible for shipping to the museum as well as return shipping after the exhibit closes.

    Works not sold will be available for pick up TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SHOW CLOSES; the exact date will be announced once determined. If shipping arrangements need to be made, the Museum will contact you within 30 days after the show closes. Works will not be insured by the National Liberty Museum 30 days after the exhibit closing unless special arrangements have been made.

Use this form to apply for participation in the Wheels on Fire Exhibit.


  • (Example: NLM webpage/Facebook/Instagram/OpenCall website)

    You may submit up to two works of art, including two images for each work. Please upload images separately (300 dpi jpeg, min. 5"x7"). Video submissions must by MP4 format. (Images/video may be used in digital or printed material.)
  • NOTE: The selling price will be double the consignment price.
  • Example: Wall piece/Pedestal needed/Technical component such as electricity, projector, etc.
  • Please name the photographer, or yourself, if you took this photo.
  • NOTE: The selling price will be double the consignment price.
  • Example: Wall piece/Pedestal needed/Technical component such as electricity, projector, etc.
  • Please name the photographer, or yourself, if you took this photo.

    Please include a brief statement on the artwork you are submitting, and what influenced it, or on the topic of the exhibition. Poems, stories or songs are welcome.
  • This statement will be printed alongside your piece(s), as well as in potential digital or print material.

  • National Liberty Museum (NLM) will: 1. Pay the Artist the consignment price (If work(s) are sold.) 2. Issue payment to the artist within 45 days after the date the buyer's payment is received. 3. NOT be responsible for any damage incurred during shipment to the Museum. 4. Be responsible for any damage to artwork, loss of artwork, or theft of artwork, while consigned to the Museum. 5. Will be in contact with the artist within 30 days after the show closes, if shipping arrangements need to be made. 6. Not insure your work(s) 30 days after the exhibit closes, unless special arrangements have been made.

    YOU agree to: 1. Ship all works to the National Liberty Museum by January 25, 2019. (Works delivered by hand must be received by February 6, 2019.) 2. Submit this form, completed in full by, December 1, 2018. 3. Be responsible for the shipping costs of artwork to the museum and back to you (if the artwork does not sell). 4. Submit this application, and your $20 application fee, with the understanding that this is a selection process and your participation is not guaranteed.

  • When your form is completed, please click the submit button once to transmit your information; do not refresh the page during this process. THAT COMPLETES STEP #1 OF YOUR APPLICATION.

    When your form is successfully submitted, you will see a THANK YOU PAGE that contains a link to pay your $20 application fee. Please click on that link to complete your application process by submitting your payment.

    You must submit this form by December 1, 2018 to be considered for this exhibit.

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