AVAM's 20th original exhibition champions life's grand "Aha!" and "Eureka!" moments, held in common by Earth's most dynamic and intuitive "evolutionaries:" inventors, scientists, America's founding fathers, dreamers and saints; each touched by some lightening bolt of greater understanding, insight, grace and muse.
Single Gallery Exhibitions
- Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek
February 28, 2014–February 22, 2015
Third Floor Gallery, Main Building
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.
- A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk
July 2013 thru September 2014 • Outdoors
A free, outdoor art celebration, in conjunction with Maryland's "Star Spangled 200" National Bicentennial, to be created upon the public pavement running alongside AVAM's historic Federal Hill location. A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk will depict our nation's beloved National Anthem in an engaging, family-fun and informative format that playfully welcomes both visitor feet and wheelchairs into an up-close and personal viewing experience!
- Permanent Collection Galleries
Ongoing • 1st & 2nd Floors, Main Building
AVAM's permanent collection galleries feature rotating selections from the museum's permanent collection of over 4,000 visionary works from all over the world. Featuring artists like: Deborah Berger, Loring Cornish, Paul Darmafall "The Baltimore Glassman," Rev. Howard Finster, Ted Gordon, Grace Bashara Greene, Gerald Hawkes, Mr. Imagination, James Harold Jennings, and many more!
- 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!
- 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.
- Tall Sculpture Barn & Wildflower Garden
The Tall Sculpture Barn features a life-size, interactive chess set of sculpted metal angels and the 1300 square-feet of painted panels called The Seven Days of Creation by visionary William Thomas Thompson. Wildflower Sculpture Garden features Ben Wilson's wooden Meditation Chapel; Critters by Clyde Jones; Ted Ludwiczak's Stone Fountain Heads; and more! Free to visit during museum hours.