Past Exhibitions

ALL THINGS ROUND: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma

October 7, 2011 – September 2, 2012

Selected images from All Things Round:

About The Exhibition

The American Visionary Art Museum's seventeenth annual, thematic mega-exhibition ALL THINGS ROUND: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma is a celebration and call to awareness of the circular and voluptuous nature of life. From the micro-atomic spin of electrons encircling a nucleus, to the macro orbit of planets rounding our sun, ALL THINGS ROUND delights in the curves, spirals, orbs, and bubbles of full-bodied beauty that playfully manifest throughout art, science, and beyond.

This wholly original art exhibition features the exuberant works of 70+ inspired, intuitive artists including: Scott Weaver's 100,000 toothpick wonder, "Rolling Through The Bay;" Adolf Wölfli's intricate mandala-like works; spherical sculptures of artists who are sight-impaired; and the micro dot sock-thread embroideries of Ray Materson. Don't miss Frank Warren's all-time best true karmic "PostSecrets;" the 3-D sacred yarn paintings of the Huichol Indians; and a cosmic tribute to cyclical notions of time – including an exploration into the fast-approaching 2012 Winter Solstice "end" of the Mayan Calendar!

Co-curated by Museum Founder & Director Rebecca Hoffberger and Mary Ellen 'Dolly' Vehlow – award-winning graphic designer & founder/sponsor of Washington, D.C.'s H Street Festival, ALL THINGS ROUND: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma is a lively circle dance with its visitors of all ages at its center!


Special Event: Tibetan Monks built a Sand Mandala at AVAM

January 22-29, 2012

Throughout the week of January 22, 2012, Tibetan monks from India's Gaden Jangles Monastery were in residence at AVAM building a sand mandala in our 2nd floor Maya-centric gallery of "All Things Round." On Sunday, January 29, 2012, they performed a Closing Ceremony. This incredible event was an inspriation to all who had the opportunity to attend & see the monks at work and witness their magnificent creation!

Special Thanks to the Generous Sponsors of ALL THINGS ROUND:

  • PLATINUM: M&T Bank • Whiting-Turner
  • GOLD: Corfu Foundation • LasikPlus • Max's Taphouse • Elisabeth Roche • Urban Chic • Frank and Jan Warren
  • SILVER: Brown Advisory • Thomas McCabe • Jim and Patty Rouse Charitable Foundation • Just Folk with Marcy Carsey and Susan Baerwald • Kiwanis Club of Baltimore City • Venable, LLP
  • BRONZE: Joan Develin Coley and Lee Rice • Arnold and Alison Richman • Peter Snell • Two Boots Pizza
  • Many Thanks to our Exhibition Supporters: Maryellyn Lynott • Mary Ellen Vehlow

2011–2012 Exhibition Ambassadors

Mario Batali, Master Chef, Restaurateur, and Author
Daniel Baumann, Curator and Expert on Artist Adolf Wölfli, Adolf Wölfli Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Bern Switzerland
Josh Charles, Emmy Nominated Actor and Art Collector
Olga Hirschhorn, Museum Founder and Art Collector
Vivienne M. Lassman, Curator and Expert on Artist Noche Crist
Thomas J. McCabe, Mathematician, Entrepreneur and Author
Sonu Shamdasani, Editor, Red Book by Carl Jung
Yolanda Maria Welch, Chair, Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs

Leading Academic Maya Scholars:

John B. Carlson, The Center for Archaeoastronomy and University of Maryland, College Park
John W. Hoopes, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Mark Van Stone, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California