"Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself." The art of farmers, postmen, the mentally ill, art done in secretly in the attic - all get equal billing at the Baltimore American Visionary Art Museum. A refreshing look at creativity and art made far, far outside the "art world."
Don't miss the Giant Whirligig & Sculpture Plaza. The 55-foot tall central wind-powered sculpture was created by Vollis Simpson, a 76 year-old farmer from North Carolina who made his first whirligig to power a washing machine while he was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. The museum also features a 16 foot model of the Lusitania made entirely from toothpicks, and is host to the incredible Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race.
We explored AVAM on Obscura Day - March 20th, 2010. Photos, stories and more here