News from the Visionary!

Updates to AVAM's 1st floor Permanent Collection Gallery

Wayne Kusy's Lusitania made from 193,000 Toothpicks.

Gallery will be CLOSED Jan. 20–Feb. 20, 2015
Re-Opens Feb. 21, 2015

We are thrilled to share the news that AVAM's 1st floor Permanent Collection gallery will be undergoing some renovations and updates to the artworks on display over the next month. The gallery will be CLOSED to the public starting January 20 thru February 20, 2015. We are excited to re-open this gallery on Saturday, February 21 and unveil enchanting new wonders from our expansive permanent collection. The rest of the museum's main building will be open during this time, including our main exhibition: The Visionary Experience, 3rd floor exhibit: Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek (thru Feb. 22), our Basement gallery featuring the work of Bob Benson & Brian Dowdall, as well as the Jim Rouse Visionary Center, outdoor wonders & more! Thanks for your patience as we work on these updates to our 1st floor gallery space for you to enjoy.


Upcoming Events:

The Human Guide to Our Creative Brain Conference

Join us for an afternoon of fascinating, free-to-all, public visionary learning!

  • When: Sunday, February 1, 2015
  • What Time: Check-in 12:30pm, Conference begins 1pm (Sharp!) – 5pm
  • Cost: FREE, but kindly RSVP to
  • Where: 3rd Floor, Jim Rouse Visionary Center

The American Visionary Art Museum will once again host a fascinating afternoon of free-to-all, public visionary learning in their 2015 conference titled, The Human Guide to Our Creative Brain. Conceived in complement to AVAM's current thematic mega-exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster, the conference celebrates unexpected moments of creative inspiration with presentations by noted scientific researchers, artists and altered-state experiencers. Presented in partnership with the Institute for Integrative Health,, this all-afternoon conference will be held on Sunday, February 1, 2015, starting promptly at 1pm on the 3rd floor of AVAM's Jim Rouse Visionary Center. Free registration/check-in opens at 12:30pm.

The museum is honored to welcome back author, inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Martine Rothblatt as keynote speaker. Dr. Rothblatt is the founder and chairman of United Therapeutics Corporation, and creator of both GeoStar and SiriusXM Radio.

AVAM is thrilled to likewise welcome visionary artist and sudden math savant Jason Padgett, whose fractal artwork is featured in our current exhibition. Padgett will speak about his life-changing experience fueled by a brutal beating that left him with both a severe brain injury and an inexplicable transformation into a "mathematical genius." Padgett's art explores the geometry and fractals that he now sees embedded throughout everyday life, and raises the question of whether extraordinary abilities like his lie dormant in us all.

Other researchers and presenters include:

  • Andrew Newberg, M.D.
  • Robert R. Provine, Ph.D.
  • George Brainard, Ph.D.
  • Thomas McNear, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Ret.)
  • Richard Hammerschlag, Ph.D.
  • Meredith Davies Hadaway
  • Brian Berman, M.D.


Conference admission is FREE, but kindly RSVP to Thank you!

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