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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:

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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.

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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: Wayne Coyne Makes Museum Debut in Baltimore: 7/20/15
  5. PRESS RELEASE: The Big Hope Show: 7/28/15


Current Exhibition:
Mr. Eddy Lives - The Art of Eddy Mumma

April 11, 2015 – April 2016. AVAM presents Mr. Eddy Lives!, 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 opens April 11, 2015 in the 3rd floor gallery of AVAM's Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building. MORE INFO »

Downloads (PDF):

  1. Mr. Eddy Lives! - Press Release: 4/3/15




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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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