American Visionary Art Museum

Baltimore, MD


The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is in the search for a new Director. Please click to view the full position description or to nominate/apply. We can be reached directly at the numbers below, and we appreciate your support for AVAM.

The American Visionary Art Museum is a one-of-a-kind interactive museum of outsider art that has been Congressionally-designated as “America’s official national museum, education center, and repository for self-taught and intuitive artistry.” Founded in Baltimore in 1989 and opened in 1995 by Rebecca Hoffberger with her late partner/former husband, art collector and philanthropist, LeRoy E. Hoffberger, AVAM has secured a national and international reputation for award-winning creativity and architecture.

AVAM seeks a dynamic creative leader to succeed the Founder and oversee outstanding exhibitions, programs and education that combine art, science, philosophy and humor underscored by a focus on creative acts of social justice and betterment. The Director will bring to AVAM the artistic vision, kindness, dedication to social justice, entrepreneurial energy, creativity, drive, fundraising and arts marketing-savvy and joy in engaging public support of artmaking that is a driving force in a city that values creativity.

The visionary Founder, Director, and Primary Curator, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger has led AVAM for the past 26 years with passion, artistry, and innovation and has been called “a creative force for good.”  Located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, three renovated, historic, industrial buildings house wonders created by farmers, housewives, mechanics, retired folk, the disabled, the homeless, as well as the occasional neurosurgeon—all inspired by the fire within. From carved roots to embroidered rags, tattoos to toothpicks, the visionary transforms dreams, loss, hopes, and ideals into powerful works of art. AVAM has achieved great acclaim despite having the most modest operating budget of all of Maryland’s 13 major cultural institutions. With an annual budget of $3 million, AVAM draws 100,000 – 125,000 visitors per (non-Covid) year. It has 31 full and part-time employees, a 13 member Board of Directors, and 150 volunteers.

We appreciate you sharing the position description with your network, and also any nominations you might have.

For additional information or to apply, please contact Lee Kappelman at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.

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