as an "architectural jewel," the 35,000-square-foot main building
combines an elliptical, three-story, historic industrial building
with extensive new architecture to contain six galleries, filled with
art exploring one central exhibition theme at a time. The central
stairway, balustrade and garden gates were beautifully hand cast by
metal artist, David Hess, and have been described as "alone worth
the price of admission."
Four Roses whiskey warehouse, the 45-foot ceilings can accommodate
towering sculptures and other exhibits. During the We Are Not Alone:
Angels and Other Aliens exhibition, the Tall Sculpture Barn featured
a life-size, interactive chess set of sculpted metal angels and aliens
made exclusively from found objects by North Carolina artist, Lyle
Estill. Also included was The Geller Effect art car by psychic Uri
Geller, covered with 5000 psychically-bent spoons and forks. Adjacent
to the Wildflower Sculpture Garden, the Barn also functions as a host
site for lectures, private receptions and celebrations. Future plans
include use as a spring and summer art movie theater.
the ground level, the AVAM's Museum Shop features handcrafted gifts,
choice international crafts, exotic charms, jewelry, hand-painted
and recycled cards and stationery, toys, t-shirts, books, and other
terrific items. Gift wrap is always free of charge.
Baltimore's newest and already most beloved outdoor sculptural
landmark. Fifty-five feet tall, this brilliant, multicolored wind-powered
sculpture was created in the central plaza as a salute to Federal
Hill and "Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness" by 76 year-old
mechanic, farmer and visionary artist, Vollis Simpson. Free to visit
The Sculpture Plaza is terraced and paved with granite and
quartz, the outdoor plaza is where large groups may gather. It is
also the central circulation area between the main museum building,
tall sculpture barn, and garden. The plaza functions as the ground
level connector to Federal Hill and Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
provide the ideal visual metaphor for the museum's visionary artists
themselves. Wildflowers, aromatics, and climbing vines encircle
the museum's wooden meditation chapel and wedding altar built by
visionary artist Ben Wilson.
JOY AMERICA CAFE
Come by and
enjoy an extraordinary view and truly delectable New World cuisine,
prepared with only the freshest ingredients and a unique twist of
culinary art (seats 80, outdoor balcony seats 55).
Please note: The Joy America Cafe is currently closed for renovations. We look forward to re-opening soon!
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