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A slight adjustment to the press release we sent out last week. Due to the snowstorm in Baltimore last week, our exhibitions teams lost a few precious days of work. Unfortunately, this means we will be pushing back the opening date of our Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek exhibition. The new opening date for the public will be Friday, Feb. 28. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate if you could update any listings with this new opening date. An updated press release is also attached if you need it.

If you would like to schedule a time to visit the museum, even before the public opening to preview this show, please feel free to contact me directly.

Thank you,



Nick Prevas
Director of Communications, Media & Marketing
American Visionary Art Museum
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800 Key Highway • Baltimore, MD • 21230

410-244-1900 •



Nick Prevas, 410-244-1900 x241,


For Immediate Release:

February 12, 2014


Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek

February 21, 2014 – February 22, 2015


Baltimore, MD—The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is proud to present Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek, a celebration of the late British visionary artist's ethereal spirit paintings, inspired by his own life-changing glimpse into the afterworld. This retrospective will feature 13 of Pass’ otherworldly works in watercolor, charcoal and other mixed media, along with a special presentation of author Rich Shapero's forthcoming multimedia story, with original artwork by the late Donald Pass, also titled The Hope We Seek. AVAM is pleased to open this yearlong commemorative exhibition in the 3rd floor gallery of our Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building, starting February 21, 2014 and running through February 22, 2015.


As his artistic adult life took off, Donald Pass (1930–2010) was well-known for his lyrical abstract landscapes, until the late 1960s when he experienced a series of spiritual visions that radically and forever changed his view of reality, and subsequently, his artwork. Sir John Rothenstein, late Director of the Tate Gallery in London, described Donald Pass as “a spark of genius, a very rare talent.”


Donald Pass (1930–2010)

Biographical Timeline

Although academically trained in art, Donald Pass has been warmly embraced by many in the visionary art world as a rare and true visionary, including Raw Vision magazine, the Henry Boxer Gallery, and collectors like Rich Shapero and musician Pete Townshend. His works have been likened in spirit to those created by William Blake. Donald Pass’ vision-inspired artistry will be proudly exhibited here at our national American Visionary Art Museum, and is also represented in our permanent collection.


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AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM (AVAM) is America’s official national museum and education center for self-taught, intuitive artistry. Since its opening in 1995, the museum has sought to promote the recognition of intuitive, self-reliant, creative contribution as both an important historic and essential living piece of treasured human legacy. The one-of-a-kind American Visionary Art Museum is located on a 1.1 acre wonderland campus at 800 Key Highway, Baltimore 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 is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00am–6:00pm. The museum is closed on *Mondays, Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. AVAM is located next to historic Federal Hill Park at 800 Key Highway, Baltimore Inner Harbor, 21230. Admission prices, general museum info, directions, and parking info can be found online at or by calling 410-244-1900. *Open Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as AVAM’s celebration of all of life’s possibilities—free admission & special programming!


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