Welcome the Stranger

On Display in the Museum’s GlassAccess Gallery,
Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, June 9, 2019

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

Through these works, Welcome the Stranger reinforces the Museum’s central themes regarding the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity.

Micaela explains her motivation for this series of work as follows:

“As a first-generation American, I was brought up with an acute appreciation of America’s unique heritage of liberty for all, learning Emma Lazarus’ Lady Liberty poem [“The New Colossus”] as a young child… Seeing myself in others, I learned to cherish social justice and my civic responsibility to protect the rights of all citizens through education and dialogue.”

Micaela Amateau Amato is professor emerita of art and women’s studies at Penn State University. She is inspired by her Mediterranean ancestry from Iberia, Morocco, Turkey, and Rhodes. Her work is a reflection of her multiple personal and political influences resulting from her family’s migratory history.

The Opening Reception was held on Friday, March 8, 2019.
We extend our thanks to the artists, friends, and supporters who joined us for the opening reception of Welcome the Stranger. Special thanks also go to DJ Neeek Nyce and spoken word performers Julia Lopez and climate justice duo Cara Judea Alhadeff and Rob Mies for sharing their talent during this fun evening. Please enjoy these photos. This inspirational exhibit will remain on display in our GlassAccess gallery through June 9.

To see more photos of the Opening Reception, please click here


Project Space: Additional art associated with this exhibition
Temporary glass exhibitions, such as this, are displayed in our GlassAccess Gallery on the Museum’s lower level. They are always accompanied by a special installation in what we call our “Project Space,” which is the stairway and vestibule leading to this gallery. These installations, created by local artists, are designed both to fit the architectural space in which they are located and reflect the exhibit themes. Our Project Space artists for this show are Jessica Curtaz and Eve Hoyt. Jessica is known for her crocheted street art of large-scale animals, insects, weeds, and flowers. She was recently featured in an exhibition at the Philadelphia Airport. Eve is a neon artist. After years of working in the neon sign industry, she set up her own neon studio to explore the possibilities of neon as an art form. Her artwork has been shown in galleries throughout the country since 2001, and has won several awards. Her neon studio, Evening Neon, is located in Philadelphia.

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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