Permanent Collection

Current Exhibition:

YUMMM! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food

October 8, 2016 – September 3, 2017

AVAM's new visual feast YUMMM! features 34 visionary artists, joining forces with food scientists, farmers, nutritionists, environmental activists, psychologists, poets and humorists to publicly explore humankind's complex, multi-layered relationship with food.


Visionary News:

Experience Encantada

Encantada is the new restaurant located on AVAM's 3rd floor that features local Chesapeake cooking. Drawing on the importance of "roots," both creative and culinary, Encantada supports regional farms, ranches, and aqua-culture, thus nurturing the concept of sustainability. Experience this enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated.

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


Giant WhirliGig by Vollis Simpson

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


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.


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.


Painted Screens & Rowhome Theater

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


World's First Family of Robots

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


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.