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Current Exhibition:

The Big Hope Show

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.


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.



Welcome to AVAM's press section where you can find general information about the American Visionary Art Museum, as well as press releases for our current and upcoming exhibitions and special programs, Media Kits that you can download, and more!

For additional information or questions, or if you would like to setup a time to visit the museum, please contact Matt Craft:, or 410-244-1900 x241.



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AVAM's Media Guide

Our newly redesigned Media Guide is a great resource for everything you want to know about AVAM, including some handy info, information about our campus and buildings, our current exhibitions, educational mission and resources, AVAM history, and community mega-events like the Kinetic Sculpture Race and Flicks From The Hill. Download below.



Current Exhibition:
MATT SESOW: Shock and Awe

Opens Memorial Day Weekend 2016 – June 4, 2017

AVAM is thrilled to announce an all-new original art exhibition, Matt Sesow: Shock and Awe. Washington, D.C.-based self-taught artist Matt Sesow's "raw, visceral, good to the bone" paintings will be displayed in the museum's third floor gallery of its Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building beginning Memorial Day Weekend, 2016 thru June 4, 2017. 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. Curated by museum founder and director, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, this will be the first exclusive showing of Sesow's work at AVAM. MORE INFO »


  1. PRESS RELEASE: Matt Sesow: Shock and Awe - 2/25/16


Current Exhibition:
The Big Hope Show

October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016

The Big Hope Show opens on the eve of AVAM'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, newfound abilities, and often, sense of humor. This timely exhibition will feature the artwork of psychedelic rock pioneer and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, alongside outsider artist/photographer Bobby Adams—who documented his his strange, mid-century Baltimore upbringing and behind the scenes of John Waters' films, fabric artist Chris Roberts-Antieau, drawings by Margaret Munz-Losch, anonymous PostSecrets selected by Frank Warren, activist artist Jackie Sumell, and many more. MORE INFO »


  1. MEDIA KIT 1 - The Big Hope Show
  2. MEDIA KIT 2 - Essays
  3. MEDIA KIT 3 - Artist Bios
  4. PRESS RELEASE: The Big Hope Show - 7/28/15
  5. PRESS RELEASE: Wayne Coyne Makes Museum Debut in Baltimore - 7/20/15




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THE AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM (AVAM) is America's official national museum and education center for self-taught, intuitive artistry. Since its opening in 1995, the museum has sought to promote the recognition of intuitive, self-reliant, creative contribution as both an important historic and essential living piece of treasured human legacy. The one-of-a-kind American Visionary Art Museum is located on a 1.1 acre wonderland campus at 800 Key Highway, Baltimore Inner Harbor. Three renovated historic industrial buildings house wonders created by farmers, housewives, mechanics, retired folk, the disabled, the homeless, as well as the occasional neurosurgeon—all inspired by the fire within. From carved roots to embroidered rags, tattoos to toothpicks, the visionary transforms dreams, loss, hopes, and ideals into powerful works of art.

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