News from the Visionary!

All new exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster, opens October 4!

Ingo Swann, The Light Bringer, 2001, Oil on canvas, Gift to Perm. Collection

American Visionary Art Museum'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. Co-curated by acclaimed filmmaker and book publisher Jodi Wille (The Source Family, 2012), and AVAM founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, this exhibition's highlights include: a spirited centennial celebration of America's most prolific self-tutored and "on fire" artist, Rev. Howard Finster; the giant otherworldly paintings of remote viewer Ingo Swann; a rare peek into the spiritual life of famed musician Jimi Hendrix; the cosmic works of polymath Walter Russell; the religious experience of sci-fi icon Philip K. Dick as drawn by Robert Crumb; an exploration of inventive new spiritual groups and their leaders: Uriel of Unarius Academy of Science, and Father Yod and The Source Family; and the wildly expansive drawings and bronze wind-bells for future ecology-based cities of Italian architect Paolo Soleri. The Visionary Experience will guide viewers down a path ancient and modern, futuristic and primitive, where the touch of grace, the whisper of the muse, and the still small voice beckon, offering the traveler transportive visions: personal, cultural, and cosmic.

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Upcoming Events:

AVAM's Free Fall Halloween Celebration!

We ain't afraid of no ghost!

  • When: Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • 4pm-7pm: FREE Admission to AVAM
  • 4pm-6pm: FREE "Lumin-Eeries" Lantern-Making Workshop in the Barn (BYO glass jar)
  • 7pm: FREE Flick: GHOSTBUSTERS on Federal Hill

It's AVAM's freaky Free Fall Halloween Celebration! 4–6PM: Free "Lumin-Eeries" Lantern-Making Workshop in the Barn! Monsters and their Mummies are invited to create their own eerie luminary lantern, just BYO glass jar (any size with the label removed), all others materials like glue, paper, googly eyes & bling are provided; family workshop for all ages. 4–7PM: enjoy Free Museum Admission—explore our latest mega-exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster (opens Oct. 4). 7PM: stick around for a Free screening of the classic comedy GHOSTBUSTERS (1984), celebrating it's 30th anniversary! 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! Ghostbusting costumes highly encouraged! AVAM will have seasonal snacks for sale to benefit the museum. Don't miss the phantasmic fun at AVAM in conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore. (Movie rain location: inside AVAM's Jim Rouse Visionary Center, 3rd floor.)

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