Programs & Events Calendar

Current Exhibition:

The Big Hope Show

October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016

AVAM's all new exhibition champions the radiant and transformative power of hope, and features work by 25+ visionary artists, among them many "super survivors" of enormous personal traumas.


Visionary News:

Now Open: Encantada!

Now open on AVAM's 3rd floor, Encantada is a new restaurant featuring local Chesapeake cooking. Experience this enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated.

Visit or call 410-752-1000 for reservations or more info.


All Events

Visionary Explorers: Library Workshops
Wed. Sept. 2–Nov. 18 @ BCPL Reisterstown
Thurs. Oct. 8–Dec. 17 @ Enoch Pratt Brooklyn

AVAM is excited to offer a series of FREE AFTER SCHOOL WORKSHOPS at the Baltimore County Public Library (Reisterstown Branch) and the Enoch Pratt Free Library (Brooklyn Branch). Students and families are encouraged to join us in exploring creative new territory inspired by our most beloved visionary artists, their unusual art-making materials, and their unforgettable stories!


Shiny Happy Things with Bob Benson
Saturday, October 10 • 11am–2pm $50, $35 Members

Join the creator of the Blinged-Out Universal Tree of Life (outside of AVAM's Main Entrance) in making your own FLASHIES: dynamic, sparkling decorations made from mirrors and marbles and such. Each participant will receive instruction on cutting and assemblage and will leave this workshop with at least two finished decorations to keep and dangle. For beginning and continuing students.


Educator Open House
Thursday, October 15 • 4pm–7pm FREE for Educators, RSVP to:

Educators of all kinds are invited to this special event where you can collect visionary resources for the classroom and learn about the educational programming available here at AVAM. We will provide information on student group visits, hands-on workshops, guided tours, and more! Stop by to pick up our classroom-ready, interdisciplinary education packet, try your hand at a visionary activity, and receive a special guided tour through our new exhibition: The Big Hope Show.


Build-A-Boo Monster Puppet Workshop
Saturday, October 17 • 10am–4pm $125, $100 Members

Just in time for Halloween — create your own furry monster friend with The Puppet Master: Tiffany Lange of Charm City Puppets. You'll design and sew your own hand and rod monster puppet from scratch using one of Tiffany's patented patterns. Then give it a hair-raising or hilarious personality with eyes, ears, fangs and more.


AVAM's FREE FALL Halloween Celebration
Friday, October 30 • 4–7pm: Free Admission & Workshop 7pm: Free Flick: The Goonies

4-7pm: Free "Lumin-Eeries" Lantern-Making Workshop in The Barn, & Free Museum Admission. 7pm: Free Flick: The Goonies (1985): bring a blanket and get cozy on Federal Hill, as our critically acclaimed outdoor movie series, Flicks From The Hill, makes a special, one night only October appearance. Costumes encouraged!


AVAM's 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration
Save The Date: Saturday, November 21!

Save-the-date for our American Visionary Art Museum's 20th anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 21, 2015! Honoring: Grand Visionary Honoree: Dean Kamen • Artistic Honoree: Bob Adams • Author/Activist Honoree: Taylor Branch • Salute to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski • & Surprise Guest Superstars! Tickets for this limited seating event will be available starting in October.


BAZAART First Dibs Preview Party
Friday, November 27 • 5:30–8pm • $20, $10 Members

Beat the crowds! An opportunity to get the first shot at the original creations by over 40 regional artists and craftspeople prior to the Saturday BAZAART extravaganza. Spend a relaxing evening with BAZAART artisans as you preview their wares while nibbling light fare and enjoying a special beverage (beer, wine, soda). Tickets will be sold at the door and benefit AVAM.


BAZAART Holiday Art Market
Saturday, November 28 • 10am–5pm • FREE Entry!

AVAM's annual holiday art market returns! Hundreds of original creations by over 40 regional artists and craftspeople, including paintings, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, apparel, and other work that simply defies categorization! Shop local on #SmallBusinessSaturday and support these original makers! FREE ENTRY, and be sure to visit the museum, Sideshow gift shop, and the all-new 3rd floor restaurant at AVAM, Encantada!


MOSAICS with Rick Shelley
Saturday, December 5 • 10am–4pm $100, $75 Members

A One-Day MOSAIC WORKSHOP with Rick Shelley! Come and learn the ancient art of mosaic. You will get a chance to learn about a variety of techniques and walk away with your own finished piece of art. Supplies will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring some of their own (shells, buttons, glass, beads, pebbles, etc. are welcome), but please be sure to PACK A LUNCH.


Sock Monkey Saturday
Saturday, December 12 • 10am–2pm FREE, please bring 2 pair socks & scissors!

Don't let the holidays drive you BANANAS! Relax by making your very own Sock Monkey—a great last-minute gift, and just something fun to do with the family. AVAM's huge sock monkey making extravaganza is FREE to attend, but you must bring your own socks: 2 pair, clean & colorful (1 for your monkey and 1 to donate), and scissors to participate. Instructions, stuffing, sewing needles, thread, visionary baubles and camaraderie will be provided.