American Visionary Art Museum main building with Fifi the kinetic sculpture in front.

AVAM specializes in original thematic exhibitions that seamlessly combine art, science, philosophy, humor and especially social justice and betterment.

“One of the most fantastic museums anywhere in America.” 

–CNN 

AVAM specializes in original thematic exhibitions that seamlessly combine art, science, philosophy, humor and especially social justice and betterment.

Healing and the Art of Compassion (and the Lack Thereof!)
Oct. 9, 2021 - Sep. 4, 2022

Healing and the Art of Compassion (and the Lack Thereof!)

Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family
Feb. 23, 2019 - Mar. 3, 2024

Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family

The Science and Mystery of Sleep
Oct. 10, 2020 - Fall 2022

The Science and Mystery of Sleep

A Visionary Spirit for Invention
Nov. 23, 2020 - May 23, 2022

A Visionary Spirit for Invention

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farmer/artist  VOLLIS SIMPSON

 “I had a lotta junk and I had 

to do something with it.”

ONGOING

Permanent Collection

America’s official

national museum,

education center,

and repository

for self-taught and intuitive artistry

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Upcoming events

  • Virtual Artist Talk with Photographer Jon Kolkin:  Being Respectful When Photographing in Unfamiliar Cultural Settings
    Jan 27, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
    Webinar
    Physician Jon Kolkin’s Inner Harmony photography series is currently on view in the AVAM’s exhibition Healing and the Art of Compassion. RSVP now for this special artist talk.
  • Virtual Artist Talk with Nancy Josephson: Flow Through - The Time Markers
    Feb 17, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
    Webinar
    Artist Nancy Josephson transforms objects into the extraordinary with her dazzling bead work, glass mosaic, metal scraps, and more. Join us for a special virtual artist talk.
  • Virtual Artist Studio Tour with Arthur Lopez
    Mar 09, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
    Webinar
    Join us for a special virtual visit to Arthur Lopez’s home and studio located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

CURATOR'S THEMATIC EXHIBITION FUND

A restricted fund in honor of Rebecca's legacy for future thematic exhibitions. 

Statement of AVAM Founder/Director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger on the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.