American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

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We were lucky enough to visit Baltimore! Along with checking in on our buildings, we enjoyed some fantastic seafood. If you’re in the area, check out the Rusty Scrupper or Phillips Seafood and see just some of the sights Baltimore has to offer!

One of our last stops of the trip was the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). The AVAM describes visionary art as “art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself." The things these artists created are amazing! Ranging from mirrored mosaic sculptures, to matchstick masks, to pointillism paintings and everything in between. 

(pictures from Expedia)

Some of my favorite pieces were from an artist named Nancy Josephson. She uses beads, mirrors, rhinestones, sequins and glue to create art from everyday objects in a style evocative of Haitian flags and banners. One of her pieces of work is even parked outside the museum! The “Gallery A-Go-Go” (pictured above) is a mirror and decoration encrusted bus that greets you as you enter the museum. My favorite pieces were from a series of busts inspired by her initiation as a Vodou priestess.


In describing “Visionary Art”, AVAM states “[The artists] hear their own inner voice so resoundingly that they may not even think of what they do as 'art.' Dubuffet's beloved Art Brut Collections, formed exclusively from the "raw art" creations of non-artists, such as street people, hermits, factory workers, housewives and psychic mediums, motivated him to say: "Art is at its best when it forgets its very name." This art finds inspiration in many places, with some of the most outlandish pieces being a multi-media piece on flatulence and a beaded bed frame (photos below).


The AVAM has many opportunities to experience their exhibits including drop-in art classes and yoga classes at the museum!  For more information, please visit their website here:

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