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Current Exhibition:

The Great Mystery Show

The Great Mystery Show

Oct 7, 17–Sep 2, 18

From psychics to physicists, The Great Mystery Show artfully peels away the veil of the unknown, playfully exploring mystery as that one secret power behind great art, science, and pursuit of the sacred.


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 set up a time to visit the museum, please contact our Director of Marketing and Communications, Helen Yuen:, 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:
YUMMM! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food.

Opens October 8, 2016 – September 3, 2017

The American Visionary Art Museum is proud to announce a new visual feast in the all original, mega art exhibition Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food. Inside Yummm! 35 visionary artists join forces with food scientists, farmers, nutritionists, environmental activists, psychologists, poets and humorists to publicly explore humankind's complex, multi-layered relationship with food. MORE INFO »


  1. MEDIA KIT: YUMMM! Thew HIstory, Fantasy, and Future of Food.


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




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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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