Permanent Collection

Current Exhibition:

The Big Hope Show

October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016

AVAM's all new 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:

Now Open: Encantada!

Now open on AVAM's 3rd floor, Encantada is a new restaurant featuring local Chesapeake cooking. Experience this enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated.

Visit or call 410-752-1000 for reservations or more info.


Giant WhirliGig by Vollis Simpson

AVAM's Giant WhirliGig by Vollis Simpson is Baltimore's most beloved outdoor sculptural landmark.


Recovery by Anonymous

This lone figure was carved from a single apple tree trunk. It was created as a self-portrait by a British mental patient who had a distinctive concave chest from years of tuberculosis.


LeRoy E. Hoffberger Shining Youth/Shining Walls

AVAM's exterior, dazzling mosaic walls were built by youth-at-risk as part of the largest Mosaic apprenticeship program in the nation.


Painted Screens & Rowhome Theater

Painted Screens have been a fixture on Baltimore row houses since 1913.


World's First Family of Robots

World-famous hitchhiker and visionary artist DeVon Smith lovingly created his own 100% recycled family of robots.


Horse Dress by Anonymous

The woman who hand-crocheted this horse dress was a longtime patient of the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, a mental health institution in Baltimore County.