Current Exhibitions

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Read more about AVAM's unforgettable past exhibitions, including 2014-15's The Visionary Experience—our 20th original exhibition that championed life's grand "Aha!" and "Eureka!" moments.



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Main Exhibition: The Big Hope Show

Chris Roberts-Antieau, detail: Sketchbook, 2015

October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016

The Big Hope Show opens on the eve of the American Visionary Art Museum's 20th anniversary celebration and is an original and unabashedly idealistic, art exhibition that champions the radiant and transformative power of hope. Over twenty-five visionary artists, among them many "super survivors" of enormous personal traumas, exhibit soulful creations reflecting their personal transcendence, and, often, a heightened or newfound creativity and sense of humor. This timely exhibition unveils the fiercely blissful art of psychedelic rock pioneer and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, alongside Bobby Adams, an outsider artist/photographer who documented his strange, mid-century Baltimore upbringing and multi-decade immersion in filmmaker John Waters' band of inclusive renegades, the "Dreamlanders." With an installation of Herman's House, a visceral depiction of the life and artistry of the late Herman Wallace by activist/artist Jackie Sumell, and new works from fabric artist and cancer survivor Chris Roberts-Antieau, colored pencil master Margaret Munz-Losch, sculpture by Nancy Josephson, anonymous PostSecrets selected by Frank Warren, and many more. Curated by museum founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, The Big Hope Show aims to inspire a clearer, more hopeful, communal roadmap forward by shining a big exhibition spotlight on just what ignites and sustains human hope.


More Sights to Behold!

MATT SESOW: Shock and Awe
Thru June 4, 2017
3rd Floor, Main Building

An all-new original art exhibition of Washington, D.C.-based self-taught artist Matt Sesow's "raw, visceral, good to the bone" paintings. Among the original 150 plus works on display, visitors will witness Sesow's salute to the first 100 American soldiers killed in the Iraq War, his fantastical depictions of animals and birds, personalized tributes to great humanitarians, his own autobiographical paintings, and an illustrated "Key" to the artist's repeated personal language icons.


Updated Permanent Collection
1st & 2nd Floors, Main Building

Behold AVAM's updated Rebecca and Joseph Meyerhoff Gallery on our 1st floor, featuring even more enchanting wonders from our expansive Permanent Collection, and a major renovation to the gallery space. We hope you'll find some added inspiration and discover some new visionary favorites to cherish in this totally updated gallery experience!


Jim Rouse Visionary Center
Jim Rouse Visionary Center

3 floors to explore of visionary wonders and fan favorites, like: The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Painted Screens, Fifi & friends from the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Leonard Knight's LOVE Balloon, Andrew Logan's Divine, DeVon Smith's World's First Robot Family and more! 2nd floor features a special exhibit on social visionary Jim Rouse, and our Thou Art Creative Classroom and Visionary Conference Room. 3rd floor: catch an amazing view of our wonderland campus from David Hess' Bird's Nest Balcony.