Single Gallery Exhibitions

A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk

Detail of the 'Star-Spangled Sidewalk' painted by artist Lee Wheeler & Volunteers

Ongoing • Outside on AVAM's sidewalks

Announcing AVAM's A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk—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 at 800 Key Highway. 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. Beginning in April 2013, the sidewalks along Key Highway—surrounding AVAM's Inner Harbor campus—will be transformed into a visually creative interpretation, line by line, of our National Anthem, and will be applied with the use of environmentally safe pigments and sealant. A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk will be on view during the summer 2013 installation, and once completed, will remain on-display until September 2014 as enticement for families and passersby to literally "stand and take part" in Maryland's shining history. This history-linked creative project compliments AVAM's 2012-13 thematic exhibition, THE ART OF STORYTELLING: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth, as the element of Francis Scott Key's eyewitness, "bombs bursting in air", account of the British attack on Fort McHenry in 1814, perfectly expresses the exhibition's theme of personal testimony. The project is made possible by a grant from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.


AVAM's A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War or 1812 Bicentennial Commission. For more information on Maryland's "Star-Spangled 200" Bicentennial, visit