America Visionary Art Museum


William Kurelek

The American Visionary Art Museum is a place where self taught artists can express their inspiration through art.  In this exhibit artists have a pure, open way of expressing the meaning of “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Artists can take an unexplainable emotion and express it through creating a work of art.  Paintings by Dr. Ala Bashir portray visions of an imprisoned soul and suffering by men women and children during the war.  Some visionary artists are challenged with mental or physical disabilities. They come here to help express their feelings and cope with the outside world.

The word liberty is used a lot but it’s not often that individuals think deeply about what the word means, says Rebecca Hoffberger, the founder of Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM.)

Q&A with Rebecca Hoffberger by Reason.tv.

Thanks to Andrew Hazlett for finding this video!