Permanent Collection

Current Exhibition:

The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster

AVAM Oct. 4, 2014 – Aug. 30, 2015

AVAM's all-new exhibition features a spirited centennial celebration of America's most prolific self-tutored and "on fire" artist, Rev. Howard Finster. With illuminating works by visionaries: Ingo Swann, Jimi Hendrix, Christine Sefolosha, Walter Russell, Robert Crumb, Paolo Soleri, Dr. Robert Hieronimus, Terrence Howard, plus an exploration of inventive new spiritual groups: Unarius Academy of Science, The Source Family, and many more!

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Giant WhirliGig by Vollis Simpson

AVAM's Giant WhirliGig by Vollis Simpson is Baltimore's most beloved outdoor sculptural landmark.

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Recovery by Anonymous

This lone figure was carved from a single apple tree trunk. It was created as a self-portrait by a British mental patient who had a distinctive concave chest from years of tuberculosis.

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LeRoy E. Hoffberger Shining Youth/Shining Walls

AVAM's exterior, dazzling mosaic walls were built by youth-at-risk as part of the largest Mosaic apprenticeship program in the nation.

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Painted Screens & Rowhome Theater

Painted Screens have been a fixture on Baltimore row houses since 1913.

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World's First Family of Robots

World-famous hitchhiker and visionary artist DeVon Smith lovingly created his own 100% recycled family of robots.

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Horse Dress by Anonymous

The woman who hand-crocheted this horse dress was a longtime patient of the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, a mental health institution in Baltimore County.

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