October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016
AVAM's latest exhibition champions the radiant and transformative power of HOPE, and features work by 25+ visionary artists, among them many "super survivors" of enormous personal traumas.
Featuring 109 paintings and portraits by the late Florida outsider artist Eddy Mumma (aka Mr. Eddy), a recluse and double amputee whose solace and delight was in the production of explosively joyful paintings. The largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Mr. Eddy's work to date, this voluminous yearlong show of radiant, playful and evocative works is on view in the 3rd floor gallery of AVAM's Zanvyl A. Krieger 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.
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!
"Baltimore Beasties" by visionary animal aura painter Brian Dowdall, with "The Flatulence Post" - a non odorous triumph of 'pull my finger' technology by "Shiny Happy Things" mirror artist extraordinaire, Bob Benson. Located together in AVAM's Basement Gallery, Zanvyl Krieger Main Building—ideal for family joy!
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.
The Tall Sculpture Barn features a life-size, interactive chess set of sculpted metal angels and the 1300 square-feet of painted panels called The Seven Days of Creation by visionary William Thomas Thompson. Wildflower Sculpture Garden features Ben Wilson's wooden Meditation Chapel; Critters by Clyde Jones; Ted Ludwiczak's Stone Fountain Heads; and more! Free to visit during museum hours.
A free, outdoor art celebration, in conjunction with Maryland's "Star Spangled 200" National Bicentennial, A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk depicts our nation's beloved National Anthem in an engaging, family-fun and informative format that playfully welcomes both visitor feet and wheelchairs into an up-close and personal viewing experience!