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American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) exhibits five original artworks by Dr. Bob Hieronimus

Part of the newest exhibit “The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster” open from October 4, 2014 through August 30th, 2015.

One of the pieces by Jimi Hendrix that Dr. Bob especially requested for this show because it includes the pyramid and the eye in the triangle, the symbol on the reverse of the U.S. Great Seal that he and Hendrix talked about together in 1968. Photo by Stuart Zolotorow.

Dr. Bob Hieronimus was asked to provide five of his original artworks to be on display at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). The exhibit is called “The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster” and runs from October 4, 2014 through August 31, 2015. They also asked him to write a series of “10 Things You Didn’t Know” about the “Founding Fathers” and their visions that will be spread around the museum as wall art. Click here to read them all.

Guest curator, acclaimed filmmaker and book publisher Jodi Wille, and AVAM founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger have together assembled a diverse and wildly transcendent collection of artists, scientists, philosophers, and spiritual pioneers who have ventured straight to the source of inspiration itself. “The Visionary Experience” hails the great dreamers and doers throughout history, exploring the astonishing visions of Hildegard von Bingen and Leonardo da Vinci, to Nikola Tesla and Philip K. Dick, as tribute is paid to the ecstatic “Aha!” and “Eureka!” moments that propel discovery, leaps in consciousness, and cultural renewal. It examines the human impulse to forge a path out of darkness into illumination, as well as the duality and complexity of vision, from radical clarity to unfettered delusion, and the legacy of visionary experiences throughout time.

Dr. Bob Hieronimus, Rebecca Hoffberger (founder and director of AVAM) and Janie Hendrix, admiring the Jimi Hendrix artwork to be displayed at AVAM beginning October 4, 2014. Photo by Stuart Zolotorow.

Bob Hieronimus was instrumental in obtaining the artworks of Jimi Hendrix for this exhibit, through his relationship with Jimi’s sister Janie Hendrix. There are five Hendrix pieces on exhibit (some never before seen) and five Hieronimus pieces on exhibit, and both include self portraits!

Bob Hieronimus self-portrait 1967 to be included in the AVAM “Visionary” show starting 10/4/14. Photo by Stuart Zolotorow.

Jimi Hendrix’s self-portrait to be included in the AVAM “Visionary” show starting 10/4/14. Photo by Stuart Zolotorow.

“Historic Views of Baltimore 1752-1858” a mural by Dr. Bob Hieronimus that has been on display at the Baltimore War Memorial Building for thirty years, was moved to AVAM for their “Visionary” show starting 10/4/14. This mural was restored and cleaned up for the AVAM exhibit by Kasey Jones. See the interpretation below of the various symbols within this mural.

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Rebecca Hoffberger (founder and director of AVAM), Dr. Bob Hieronimus, and Janie Hendrix share a moment during the transfer of Jimi Hendrix artwork to AVAM on 9/12/14. Photo by Kasey Jones.

Seen here L-R Dr. Bob Hieronimus, Janie Hendrix, her husband Ryan, and AVAM director and founder Rebecca Hoffberger, each holding one of the original Jimi Hendrix pieces to be included in the “Visionary Experience” exhibit. Photo by Stuart Zolotorow.

Dr. Bob Hieronimus and Janie Hendrix pause by Dr. Bob’s “We the People” artcar outside of AVAM after dropping off the Jimi Hendrix artwork. Photo by Kasey Jones.

Press Coverage for the Exhibit:

The Baltimore Sun: “New exhibit at AVAM explores the moment of inspiration” By Mary Carole McCauley

Baltimore City Paper: “Paradise Garden: AVAM's annual show presents big gains for the museum” By Geoffrey Himes

Jewish Times: “Eureka! New exhibition at AVAM highlights visionary greatness” By Simone Ellin

More info: AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM, 800 Key Highway • Baltimore, MD 21230 • 410.244.1900 • • email: