Past Exhibitions

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Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek
February 28, 2014 – March 1, 2015

American Visionary Art Museum's celebration of the late British visionary artist's ethereal spirit paintings, inspired by his own life-changing glimpse into the afterworld. Donald Pass (1930–2010) was a well-known painter of lyrical abstract landscapes until the late 1960s when he experienced a series of spiritual visions of the Resurrection that radically and forever changed his view of reality, and subsequently, his artwork.


Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity!
October 5, 2013 – August 31, 2014

This stirring show harnesses the enchanting visual delights of remarkable visionary artists and their masterworks. Among them: Kenny Irwin Jr.'s Robotmas; a selection of Alex Grey's Sacred Mirrors; O.L. Samuels' 7-ft tall Godzillai; Rigo 23's delicate anti-drone drawings; Allen Christian's life-sized Piano Family—a love song to string theory; Fred Carter's massive wooden carvings—created as a warning of destruction from industry's manipulation of nature; and much more!


Frank Bruno: A Life Devoted to
July 9, 2013 – February 2, 2014

A hot hellfire and damnation exhibition featuring 14 masterworks created over the last five decades by visionary true believer Frank Bruno, with mind-blowing attention to detail. An apocalyptic painter and fierce social critic, Frank Bruno's work and thinking have been fueled by his study of Messianic and end of the world books and preaching.


THE ART OF STORYTELLING: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth
October 6, 2012 – September 1, 2013

From scripture to fairy tale, cartoons to cyberbullying, the raw power of stories to inspire and enchant, spread lies or to inform, simply has no equal. THE ART OF STORYTELLING: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth is the American Visionary Art Museum's brand-new, supremely original exhibition featuring embroidery, diorama, sculpture, film, graffiti, and PostSecret confession—promoting all manner of acute 'visual listening' and delight for the whole family.


Gretchen Feldman: Love Letter to Earth (1934-2008)
April 2012 – June 2013

This luminous retrospective of 40+ vivid paintings exalt the exquisite, eternal themes of "Perfect Unions:" where land meets sea, day embraces night, sky kisses earth – opposites inherent to life's sacred cycle of union and touch. Among Feldman's bright, abstract works are vibrant, colorful landscapes and scenes depicting idyllic country life, contrasted with an artful examination of cancer cells which cut short the artist's most loving and happy life.


ALL THINGS ROUND: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma
October 7, 2011 – September 2, 2012

AVAM's 17th annual mega-exhibition is a celebration & call to awareness of the circular and voluptuous nature of life. Featuring 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; the micro dot sock-thread embroideries of Ray Materson; & many more; ALL THINGS ROUND is a lively circle dance with its visitors of all ages at its center!


What Makes Us Smile?
October 9, 2010 – September 4, 2011

A playful celebration of human joy that is co-curated by renowned creator of "The Simpsons," Matt Groening, artist Gary Panter – known for, among many other things, his whimsy behind Pee Wee Herman's Playhouse – and Museum founder Rebecca Hoffberger. What Makes Us Smile? features the costumes, cartoons, out-loud & 3-D glee-filled surprises created by 90 artists, imps, and comedians with accompanying essays, factoids, quotes and blurbs that revel in the history and science behind the gift of laughter."