We Can Be Heroes Exhibition Call to Artists

Exhibition on display in the Museum’s GlassAccess Gallery,
Friday, January 3 – Monday, February 3, 2020


Philly Loves Bowie Week (January 3-12) is an annual volunteer production created by a family of committed fans of the superstar David Bowie – folks who felt it was important to gather together as a community to celebrate a truly one-of-a-kind performer. For more info on Philly Loves Bowie Week, please visit www.Phillylovesbowie.com.

As we mark Bowie’s birth date and the four-year anniversary of his passing in 2020, PLBW (Philly Loves Bowie Week) will once again be hosting events throughout the city of brotherly love to honor the late singer, songwriter and actor – many of which will benefit the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The National Liberty Museum will be kicking off this excursion of Bowie-themed events with the We Can Be Heroes exhibition. This exhibition will explore the influence that David Bowie has had and continues to have on contemporary art, showcasing mixed-media artworks with figurative and abstract representations of David Bowie himself.

The National Liberty Museum, in partnership with PLBW, invites emerging and established artists to submit artwork for an opportunity to participate in this upcoming group exhibition. We are looking for a diverse body of artwork with a focus on both 2-D and 3-D artworks. The GlassAccess Gallery at the National Liberty Museum will advertise and promote the artists selected for the exhibition and host a formal opening reception on January 3, 2020.

Artists who use glass, clay, paint, pencil, video, and many other materials as the primary medium of their artwork are invited to submit their works which relate to the general theme of David Bowie.

Please review the following information before applying.

Exhibition Dates: January 3 – February 3, 2020
Application EXTENDED Deadline: December 9, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: December 13, 2019
Deadline for your Artwork to be delivered to NLM: December 18, 2019

We Can Be Heroes is open to all professional artists ages 16 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.

-Fill out submission form below, and accept terms of agreement
-Images must be in jpg format -300 dpi, min. 5″x7″
-Video submissions must be uploaded as MP4

Work must arrive by December 18, 2019.

Artwork should be delivered to the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Hand deliveries 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 museum will help pay for shipping once estimated amount is approved. PLEASE EMAIL ESTIMATED AMOUNT FOR APPROVAL BEFORE SHIPPING. We encourage drop-offs at the Museum. The artist is responsible for shipping costs of artworks from the Museum after the exhibit closing.

Works not sold will be available for pick up by February 10, 2020. 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 after March 2, 2020 unless special arrangements have been made.

We Can be Heroes Exhibition Artist Application


    * indicates field is required.

    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 how the topic of We can be Heroes, as described above, has influenced your work. Poems, stories or songs are welcome to illustrate your connection to this theme.
  • 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. 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) after March 2, 2020, unless special arrangements have been made.

    YOU agree to: 1. Have all works delivered to the National Liberty Museum by December 18, 2019. 2. Submit this form, completed in full, by the extended deadline of December 9, 2019. 3. Be responsible for shipping costs of artwork back to you (if artwork does not sell). 4. Submit this application with the understanding that this is a selection process and your participation is not guaranteed.

  • Please click submit to send your application.
    You must submit this form by the extended deadline of December 9, 2019 to be considered for this exhibition




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We invite you to join us for refreshments, live music, poetry readings, and a first-look at this amazing exhibition. Learn more and register today.

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