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 the navigation links on the left for current or upcoming exhibits

 

Welcome the Stranger Exhibit
March 9 – Sunday, June 9, 2019

Welcome the Stranger was a one-woman exhibit of cast glass, ceramics, and mixed media by Micaela Amateau Amato. In this exhibit, Amato presented her interpretation of modern and historic figures who rose like “superheroes” to accept seemingly impossible challenges of liberty. This unique collection included images of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Malala Yousafzai, and many others.

Please enjoy these photos from our Opening Event.

 


 

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


 

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


 

 

 

Philadelphia Podcast Festival

The National Liberty Museum is excited to be a host for the 2019 Philly Podcast Festival! on SUNDAY JULY 21 from noon to 8pm. Come listen to live recordings of some incredible podcasts from Philadelphia and beyond. Museum admission will be Pay As You Wish throughout the day .

Check our events calendar for complete details.

NLM's 20th Anniversary
Glass Auction & Gala

The National Liberty Museum is pleased to announce that our 20th Anniversary Glass Auction & Gala will be held on September 14 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. An unforgettable evening of art, fun and inspiration is planned honoring the legacy of our founder Irvin J. Borowsky.

Learn more and purchase your tickets or sponsorship soon.

Destined for the Stars
by Ricky Bernstein

Destined for the Stars, a solo exhibition of painted glass, aluminum, and mixed media wall-reliefs. will be on display in our GlassAccess Gallery from August 2 - December 2, 2019. In this exhibit, artist Ricky Bernstein celebrates victories over life’s everyday challenges, making the point that we are all heroes in our own right.

Destined for the Stars will kick off with an Opening Reception on Friday, August 2 from 5:30-8:30pm. Attendees will get a first-look at the show, meet the artist, and enjoy light refreshments. Learn more and register for the Opening by clicking here.

Mindfulness Workshop

In association with the NLM’s GiveBack Workshops, Mindfulness Coach/Teacher Stacey Mandel will be bringing her calm and peace to the Liberty Museum to share with audiences of all ages. The session is titled Mindfulness, You, and the World. It will be held on Saturday, August 10.

Learn more and reserve your place today by clicking here.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards of Valor are NOW OPEN

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards. If you know a person deserving of this special recognition, please tell us about them. The deadline to submit a nomination is July 31,

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