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Current Exhibition:

The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster

AVAM Oct. 4, 2014 – Aug. 30, 2015

AVAM's all-new exhibition features a spirited centennial celebration of America's most prolific self-tutored and "on fire" artist, Rev. Howard Finster. With illuminating works by visionaries: Ingo Swann, Jimi Hendrix, Christine Sefolosha, Walter Russell, Robert Crumb, Paolo Soleri, Dr. Robert Hieronimus, Terrence Howard, plus an exploration of inventive new spiritual groups: Unarius Academy of Science, The Source Family, and many more!



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Current Exhibition:
The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster

October 4, 2014 – August 30, 2015. American Visionary Art Museum's 20th original exhibition champions life's grand "Aha!" and "Eureka!" moments, held in common by Earth's most dynamic and intuitive "evolutionaries:" inventors, scientists, America's founding fathers, dreamers and saints; each touched by some lightening bolt of greater understanding, insight, grace and muse. Co-curated by acclaimed filmmaker and book publisher Jodi Wille (The Source Family, 2012), and AVAM founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, this exhibition's highlights include: a spirited centennial celebration of America's most prolific self-tutored and "on fire" artist, Rev. Howard Finster; the giant otherworldly paintings of remote viewer Ingo Swann; a rare peek into the spiritual life of famed musician Jimi Hendrix; the cosmic works of polymath Walter Russell; the religious experience of sci-fi icon Philip K. Dick as drawn by Robert Crumb; an exploration of inventive new spiritual groups and leaders Uriel of Unarius Academy of Science, and Father Yod and The Source Family; and the wildly expansive drawings and bronze wind-bells for future ecology-based cities of Italian architect Paolo Soleri. The Visionary Experience will guide viewers down a path ancient and modern, futuristic and primitive, where the touch of grace, the whisper of the muse, and the still small voice beckon, offering the traveler transportive visions: personal, cultural, and cosmic. MORE INFO...

Downloads (PDF):

  1. The Visionary Experience - MEDIA KIT
  2. The Visionary Experience - ARTIST BIOS
  3. The Visionary Experience - PRESS RELEASE 1 - 7/8/14
  4. The Visionary Experience - Artists Announced - PRESS RELEASE 2 - 9/15/14


Current Exhibition:
Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek

February 28, 2014 – February 22, 2015. American Visionary Art Museum's celebration of the late British visionary artist's ethereal spirit paintings, inspired by his own life-changing glimpse into the afterworld. Donald Pass (1930–2010) was a well-known painter of lyrical abstract landscapes until the late 1960s when he experienced a series of spiritual visions of the Resurrection that radically and forever changed his view of reality, and subsequently, his artwork. MORE INFO...

Downloads (PDF):

  1. Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek - Press Release: 2/17/14 (UPDATED)




  1. AVAM Honors Ray Kurzweil & Jack Andraka at 2014 Gala - 12/11/13
  2. Kindness Works: Howard County Outreach - 3/25/13
  3. "A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk" - 2/22/13
  4. Army of Poets Campagin - 1/2/13
  5. 2012:

  6. AVAM's Institute for Visionary Explorers at Enoch Pratt PRESS RELEASE: 2/10/12
  7. 2011:

  8. AVAM's 2012 State of Our Earth Eco Conference PRESS RELEASE: 12/20/11


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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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