Read more about AVAM's unforgettable past exhibitions, including 2014-15's The Visionary Experience—our 20th original exhibition that championed life's grand "Aha!" and "Eureka!" moments.
October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016
The Big Hope Show opens on the eve of the American Visionary Art Museum's 20th anniversary celebration and is an original and unabashedly idealistic, art exhibition that champions the radiant and transformative power of hope. Over twenty-five visionary artists, among them many "super survivors" of enormous personal traumas, exhibit soulful creations reflecting their personal transcendence, and, often, a heightened or newfound creativity and sense of humor. This timely exhibition unveils the fiercely blissful art of psychedelic rock pioneer and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, alongside Bobby Adams, an outsider artist/photographer who documented his strange, mid-century Baltimore upbringing and multi-decade immersion in filmmaker John Waters' band of inclusive renegades, the "Dreamlanders." With an installation of Herman's House, a visceral depiction of the life and artistry of the late Herman Wallace by activist/artist Jackie Sumell, and new works from fabric artist and cancer survivor Chris Roberts-Antieau, colored pencil master Margaret Munz-Losch, sculpture by Nancy Josephson, anonymous PostSecrets selected by Frank Warren, and many more. Curated by museum founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, The Big Hope Show aims to inspire a clearer, more hopeful, communal roadmap forward by shining a big exhibition spotlight on just what ignites and sustains human hope.
More Sights to Behold!
- Mr. Eddy Lives!
Thru April 3, 2016
Third Floor Gallery, Main Building
Featuring 109 paintings and portraits by the late Florida outsider artist Eddy Mumma (aka Mr. Eddy), a recluse and double amputee whose solace and delight was in the production of explosively joyful paintings. The largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Mr. Eddy's work to date, this voluminous yearlong show of radiant, playful and evocative works is on view in the 3rd floor gallery of AVAM's Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building.
- Updated Permanent Collection
1st & 2nd Floors, Main Building
Behold AVAM's updated Rebecca and Joseph Meyerhoff Gallery on our 1st floor, featuring even more enchanting wonders from our expansive Permanent Collection, and a major renovation to the gallery space. We hope you'll find some added inspiration and discover some new visionary favorites to cherish in this totally updated gallery experience!
- Jim Rouse Visionary Center
3 floors to explore of visionary wonders and fan favorites, like: The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Painted Screens, Fifi & friends from the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Leonard Knight's LOVE Balloon, Andrew Logan's Divine, DeVon Smith's World's First Robot Family and more! 2nd floor features a special exhibit on social visionary Jim Rouse, and our Thou Art Creative Classroom and Visionary Conference Room. 3rd floor: catch an amazing view of our wonderland campus from David Hess' Bird's Nest Balcony.
- Brian Dowdall's "Baltimore Beasties" & Bob Benson's "Flatulence Post"
Ongoing • Basement Gallery, Main Building
"Baltimore Beasties" by visionary animal aura painter Brian Dowdall, with "The Flatulence Post" - a non odorous triumph of 'pull my finger' technology by "Shiny Happy Things" mirror artist extraordinaire, Bob Benson. Located together in AVAM's Basement Gallery, Zanvyl Krieger Main Building—ideal for family joy!