American Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art Museum AVAM is the official national museum for self-taught, intuitive artistry located in Downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor next to Federal Hill Park.
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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. More info at http://avam.org. Museum hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday Museum store: 10am-6pm, Tuesday-Sunday

11/18/2019
Apache Elder Judy Tallwing talks good medicine.

Apache elder Judy Tallwing honors the buffalo by encrusting this bison skull with soil from sacred places and gemstones. “The reason I do the painting that I do now: I tell stories. And I make medicine. I put things together to create a field around the art so that if you come into it, your energy and the energy in that, interact. I do that because my grandmother said, 'Don’t do no bad medicine. Only do good medicine.' And when something would happen that she’d hear about that was bad, she’d go,'There’s not enough good medicine in the world. Make good medicine.' So that’s what I try to do, is to make the energies better than they are." Judy's work "Honor to Ta’baah Aya’nii," consisting of bison skull and mixed media, is in our newly opened exhibition "The Secret Life of Earth." We're open before and after Thanksgiving. Come visit us over the holiday weekend! #MondayMotivation #MuseumMonday

Lonely Planet names our Kinetic Sculpture Race as one of the world's "most unbelievable sports events on earth." #Baltim...
11/15/2019
Cheese-rolling to shin-kicking: the most unbelievable sports events on earth – Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet names our Kinetic Sculpture Race as one of the world's "most unbelievable sports events on earth." #Baltimore The company we keep on the list of nine includes a cheese-rolling race and shin-kicking competition. You can see the full article on the winners here: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/unique-sporting-events

Save the date for the 22nd Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race on Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10am. The theme is "Born Wild," in ode to our current exhibition "The Secret Life of Earth." The start and finish lines are at the American Visionary Art Museum and 100% free to attend! Ever wanted to race? See the how to's and learn more here: https://kineticbaltimore.com/KSR/howto.asp

Around the world, daredevils and offbeats have found popular sports aren't enough. They push the limits, creating new sports or riffing on old traditions.

In July 1944,  Allied troops marched into the village where Holocaust survivor Esther Krinitz and her sister had posed a...
11/11/2019

In July 1944, Allied troops marched into the village where Holocaust survivor Esther Krinitz and her sister had posed as Catholic farm girls to escape the Nazis. "Finally freedom had come," she exclaims in the embroidered text below the image. #VeteransDay This work by Esther commemorates that historic day and is one of 36 embroideries that recount her childhood memories before, during, and after the war with her eventual resettlement in Maryland. These most-beloved works in our museum history are currently on view in the exhibition "Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family.” Juxtaposed with the artworks of other innocent victims of cultural genocides—historic and current—they urgently underscore the great danger of demonizing any human being as an undesirable 'other.’ Thank you, veterans, for your service.

Artwork and image courtesy of Art and Remembrance.

11/05/2019

Announcing the 2019 vendors for our pop-up Bazaart Holiday Art Market coming soon! On Friday, November 29, 12pm-6pm and Saturday, November 30, 10am-6pm, shop original creations from nearly 50 craftsmen, artisans and artists! Free entry both days. The makers are Abstract Couture, Art Enables, Backlog Pottery, Beth Schwartz Studio, Bob Benson, Bowerbox Press, Charlene Clark Studio, Cheng Cao, Chestnut's Beeswax Wraps, Circuit Breaker Labs, Collage by D. Butts, Crystal Luxe Lighting, Cotton Monster, Coyote Graphics Catonsville, Diana Sanlorenzo Campbell, Drawn Metal Studios, Emily Uchityl Art, FeltHappiness, Freckle Face Fascinators & Adornments, LLC, Glimmer Gardens, Hunt and Gather, Into the Woods, JumpJack Studio, Laura Wolf, Lee Neary Art, Liz Wolf Graphics, Luna Parc, make Studio, Mel's Workshop, Mount Royal Soap Co., Nichole Leavy Art, The Nokema Collection, Orange Scissor Art, Observing Craft, Outta Our Minds, Priya Means Love, Robotik Industries, Super Rad Design, Tomas Savrda, Threet Ceramics, Tom Steck, Twigs and Wool, Wabi Sabi Ceramics, Walking Olive Felted Dogs, When Colors Get Along, Wild Child Fibers, and Wild Valleigh.

You can see me THIS CLOSE for FREE tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30, 4pm-7pm as part of our Free Fall Halloween Celebrati...
10/29/2019

You can see me THIS CLOSE for FREE tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30, 4pm-7pm as part of our Free Fall Halloween Celebration at AVAM. Explore our newest and 25th mega-show for free. (Normally $16 adult admission.) Plus! Enjoy face painting, a monster mash-up art workshop while supplies last, and more. Boos and ghouls of ALL ages welcome and costumes are encouraged! We hope to see you! This event is part of Free Fall Baltimore.

Pictured: Green Monkey by Johanna Burke. Fiberglass figure adorned with dried natural plants, glass beads, and wooden beads. Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman.

Photo: Erin Douglas

Congratulations to our founder and director, Rebecca Hoffberger, for her Roger D. Redden Award from the Baltimore Archit...
10/23/2019

Congratulations to our founder and director, Rebecca Hoffberger, for her Roger D. Redden Award from the Baltimore Architecture Foundation at the 2019 AIA Baltimore and BAF Excellence in Design Awards Celebration. The BAF board of directors unanimously voted to honor her with the annual award bestowed to an individual who has "demonstrated a long-term commitment to architecture, art, design, and the built environment in Baltimore." The award recognizes her significant role and many accomplishments in advancing Baltimore’s built environment and cultural community through the American Visionary Art Museum. #WednesdayWisdom

Congratulations to BAF award winners! Rebecca Hoffberger received the Roger D. Redden Award for her role as founder, director, and principal curator of the American Visionary Art Museum. In her role at AVAM, Hoffberger has had a significant role in celebrating arts and culture in Baltimore and has shown a long-standing commitment to architecture, art and design.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library received the Golden Griffin Award for the Library’s patronage of architecture in Baltimore, including contemporary design and a commitment to maintenance of historic buildings. In addition to physical contributions, the library system has maintained a valuable archive of information regarding the history of Baltimore’s built environment.

See all the AIA Baltimore and BAF award winners at http://www.aiabaltimore.org/2019-aia-baltimore-excellence-in-design-awards-winners/

10/19/2019

Due to the Baltimore Marathon, on Saturday, October 19, our adjusted hours are 12pm-5pm. On Sunday, October 20, we return to normal operating hours of 10am-5pm. We apologize for any inconvenience! #baltimore

In memory of our long-standing friend #RIPElijah "In profound appreciation for the singular life of Congressman Elijah C...
10/17/2019
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Baltimore Civil Rights Advocate, Dies at 68

In memory of our long-standing friend #RIPElijah "In profound appreciation for the singular life of Congressman Elijah Cummings whose care for ALL people, passion for justice, and innate compassion knew no color, religious, or political bound. An ardent student of spirituality, we were blessed to have his light with us as Representative in a very dark and divided time. May we honor his life by magnifying Elijah’s moral convictions and capacity for kindness - even when it is most challenged. It is a ripping to say good-bye to this miracle of a good human being. Heartfelt condolences to his dear wife, Maya, and their children and to all the wide variety of people who cherished his strong voice and the being of this true American visionary." - Rebecca Hoffberger, founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/section/historypolitics/elijah-cummings-baltimore-civil-rights-dies-at-68

The son of former sharecroppers and House Oversight Committee chairman passed away early Thursday.

10/17/2019
Meet Mirror Artist Bob Benson

"There's something about human beings [we] are celestially hard-wired for: that has to do with this play of light. Bob [Benson]'s work is a constant play for him, in light. And that transmits itself, a sincere energy and that marvel at how it plays...Yes, he's in his eighties...his enthusiasm is that of someone EIGHT years old." -Rebecca Hoffberger, founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum, on mirror artist Bob Benson. You can take a workshop with Bob himself this Saturday, October 19, 12pm-3pm. At the "Shiny Happy Things" workshop, create your own piece of mirror art and take it home with you. You can learn more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shiny-happy-things-with-bob-benson-tickets-63353441850

USA TODAY 10Best visited Baltimore and named "10 Things You Need to See in Charming Baltimore." We're overjoyed to be in...
10/15/2019
10 things you need to see in charming Baltimore

USA TODAY 10Best visited Baltimore and named "10 Things You Need to See in Charming Baltimore." We're overjoyed to be included. "Likely to become your new favorite museum, AVAM – the official national museum for intuitive artistry – is a delightful, eye-popping and thought-provoking space." We're in the awesome company of National Museum of Dentistry, Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, Hampden, Baltimore, The Ivy Hotel, Broadway Market, Mount Vernon, Baltimore, Jewish Museum of Maryland, Papermoon Diner, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. Are there other charms you'd add to the list? What are some of your faves? https://www.10best.com/interests/explore/10-things-you-need-to-see-in-charming-baltimore/

There's so much more to Baltimore, Maryland (also known as Charm City) than crab cakes. Here's what you need to see when you visit.

"Blessings of Love for the Children of Earth" by Apache elder Judy Tallwing is a medicine bear made from clay, acrylic p...
10/14/2019

"Blessings of Love for the Children of Earth" by Apache elder Judy Tallwing is a medicine bear made from clay, acrylic paint, and various precious gems. The artist dedicates it to all the children of the world. It's currently on view in our exhibition "Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family" about the dangers of genocide and "othering."

When late 15th-century Europeans arrived in what is now the United States, more than ten million Native Americans were living and flourishing here. Seeking a shortcut passage to Asia, Christoper Columbus wrongly assumed the people he countered were "Indians." By 1900, due to malnutrition, acts of genocide, war, and diseases introduced through contact with the Europeans for which North Americans had little or no immunity, only 300,000 of the estimated original ten million Native American remained alive. They did not gain the right to vote until 1965. Their right to free speech, jury, and protection from unreasonable search and seizure came even later, in 1968. Today, there are 6.1 million people Native Americans who represent over 600 tribes, each with a distinct history and culture.

Photo: Dan Meyers

Thank you, all, for coming out to the Preview Party of our 25th annual mega-exhibition “The Secret Life of Earth: Aliv...
10/08/2019

Thank you, all, for coming out to the Preview Party of our 25th annual mega-exhibition “The Secret Life of Earth: Alive! Awake! (and Possibly Really Angry!)” now on view through September 2020. It was a sold-out Friday night with visionary artists, generous donors like you, and friends new and old! We are grateful for your love for this Earth show and earth itself.

Photography: ErinSha

Tonight's Preview Party for “The Secret Life of Earth” exhibition is sold out, but you can still see our newest, 25t...
10/04/2019

Tonight's Preview Party for “The Secret Life of Earth” exhibition is sold out, but you can still see our newest, 25th mega-exhibition starting Saturday, October 5, when it opens to the public! While you're here, drop into our classroom any time 1pm-4pm for our Weekend Walk-In: Beaded Tree art workshop. No reservations necessary! Just come by any time, Saturday, October 5, 1-4pm to make your own blinged-out tree, inspired by work in the exhibition, then take your piece home with you! $5 includes all supplies.

In one week! We preview to you our 25th mega-exhibition "The Secret Life of Earth" at The Secret Life of Earth Preview P...
09/27/2019

In one week! We preview to you our 25th mega-exhibition "The Secret Life of Earth" at The Secret Life of Earth Preview Party on Friday, October 4, 7pm-10pm. View extraordinary works like the evening gown "Birds of Prey" by Antieau Gallery. The embroidered scenes on the dress depict birds hunting and feeding, alluding to the beauty and power of nature, at once. A few tickets still remain to the preview party, but hurry—they won't be sold at the door. $20 tickets to the after-hours shindig include meeting the artists, strolling the galleries before they’re open to the general public, light hors d'oeuvres, beer from UNION Craft Brewing, music by Collective DJs & DJ Carl Jr., and fun! To purchase yours today, visit https://www.mt.cm/exhibition-preview-party-0

Pictured: "Birds of Prey" by Chris Roberts-Antieau. Embroidery on silk. 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

It's Global Climate Strike Day, AND we're two weeks away from the preview of "The Secret Life of Earth: Alive! Awake! (a...
09/20/2019

It's Global Climate Strike Day, AND we're two weeks away from the preview of "The Secret Life of Earth: Alive! Awake! (and Possibly Really Angry!)" on Friday, October 4, 7pm. It's an exhibition that's one part visual earth love-fest, and two parts environmental crash course on the wonders and interdependent fragility of life on our one, blue, homegirl planet. Pictured: La Madre Tierra ("Mother Earth") by Macario Carrillo. From the artist statement: The stars and the Shamans are in contact with Nature: climate, water, fire, and sun. Together, they are creating Harmony to control the wellbeing of the environment—through the offerings and sacred places of the Huichol pueblo Wirarika.

That pueblo represents the stories of the ancestors of Huichol Shamans.

The mermaids in this painting represent the The Rain to take her to and from sacred places.

The turtles produce water in the mountains, and they have dancing deers on their backs.

The shamans represented by the figures at the top of this painting show how they have been passed over by the destruction of Man towards Nature.

The only way to healing for Mother Earth, the shamans and humanity have to be through reintegrating into one voice."

On Friday, October 4, 7pm-10pm, preview the show before the general public. Stroll the galleries after hours, meet the artists, and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, beer from UNION Craft Brewing, , music by Collective DJs & DJ Carl Jr., and fun! Tickets are halfway sold out. To purchase yours today, visit https://www.mt.cm/exhibition-preview-party-0

Fan Club Members get FREE admission. To become a member, visit https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/AmericanVisionaryArtsMuseum/OnlineMembership.html

More info on today's Global Climate Strike:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/live/2019/sep/20/climate-strike-global-change-protest-sydney-melbourne-london-new-york-nyc-school-student-protest-greta-thunberg-rally-live-news-latest-updates

Our upcoming exhibit made front page of "The Baltimore Sun Fall Arts Guide: Visual Arts" as one of "Six Exhibits Not to ...
09/13/2019

Our upcoming exhibit made front page of "The Baltimore Sun Fall Arts Guide: Visual Arts" as one of "Six Exhibits Not to Miss"! In three Fridays, we open our 25th mega-exhibition to YOU. You're invited to The Secret Life of Earth Preview Party on Friday, October 4, 7pm-10pm. See the show before the general public. Stroll the galleries after hours, mingle with the artists, and enjoy light fare, tunes by Collective DJs & DJ Carl Jr., beer from UNION Craft Brewing, wine, and fun! No tickets will be sold at the door. One third of the available tickets are already gone. To purchase your $20 tickets today, visit https://www.mt.cm/exhibition-preview-party-0

Members enjoy FREE admission. To become a member, visit https://app.etapestry.com/…/AmericanV…/OnlineMembership.html

We're honored to share the front page with The Baltimore Museum of Art's exhibition "Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art" opening September 29.

From September 3, 2019-October 4, 2019, the 2nd floor of our Main Building, which includes the exhibition “Esther and ...
09/10/2019

From September 3, 2019-October 4, 2019, the 2nd floor of our Main Building, which includes the exhibition “Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family,” will be CLOSED. We’re using this time to ready for Opening Day of "The Secret Life of Earth" Exhibition. There's still plenty of wonders to behold, however, including our Permanent Collection Gallery, the exhibition “Reverend Albert Lee Wagner: Miracle At Midnight,” the Jim Rouse Visionary Center, Tall Sculpture Barn, outdoor artwork, & more! We’ll be offering discounted admission during this time: http://avam.org/stuff-everyone-asks/hours-and-directions.shtml

In one month! It's Opening Day of "The Secret Life of Earth" Exhibition, our 25th original and timely thematic mega-exhi...
09/05/2019

In one month! It's Opening Day of "The Secret Life of Earth" Exhibition, our 25th original and timely thematic mega-exhibition, on October 5, 2019. Beckoning all Earthlings — from climate change skeptics to the world's leading eco-scientists and green youth planet-activists — entry into an exhibition that's one part visual earth love-fest, and two parts environmental crash course on the wonders and interdependent fragility of life on our one, blue, homegirl planet.

The global celebration of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in April 2020, coincides with the long run of AVAM’s "SECRET LIFE OF EARTH" mega-exhibition and culminates in AVAM’s 25th anniversary. With the assist of a stellar assembly of top global earth science researchers and indigenous devoted land stewards, this lively Earth-centric exhibition aims to present in clear and plain language, the rapidly changing state of our earth, while providing insight into the disruption of the delicate balances which permit all life to flourish: plant, animal, and we humans.

You're invited to view the exhibition before the general public at The Secret Life of Earth Preview Party on Friday night, October 4, 7pm-10pm. Meet the artists, stroll the galleries after hours, and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, music by Collective DJs & DJ Carl Jr., and fun! For information and tickets, visit https://www.mt.cm/exhibition-preview-party-0

Pictured: Green Monkeys by Johanna Burke. 2016. Fiberglass figures adorned with dried natural plants, glass beads, wooden beads. Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman. Photo: Dan MacMahon

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