American Vistionary Art Museum
I went to the American Visionary Art Museum over fall break in Baltimore, MD. The founder and director, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger was awarded MAAM’s Katherine Coffey award and spoke at the conference so we decided to check it out. The AVAM exhibits artists who are self-taught and may not even be thought of as art to their creator. It exhibits some beautiful and unique artworks. AVAM’s building alone is a work of art made by the community, people brought in old mirrors and created detail on the building and a mirror tree outside. They have a sculpture garden and a separate building where we saw children doing activities. The main exhibit up was “ALL THINGS ROUND: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma.” The circles are used in different ways such as religious symbols from a Jewish calender to a Native dream-catcher. The artists are people in the community who would normally not be a museum, like an artist who works with toothpicks. The exhibits are relevant to the community and exhibit real people’s work, not artists. http://www.avam.org/stuff-everyone-asks/what-is-visionary-art.shtml
The best part of our visit was meeting Ms. Hoffberger and Frank Warren founder of PostSecret! He was there to see his postcards on exhibit (The postcard Cori mentioned was NOT in the exhibit). We were encouraged to write to post secret in conjunction with the exhibit. Send your postcard secrets to: PostSecret, 13345 Copper Ridge Rd, Germantown, MD, 20874.