Single Gallery Exhibitions

A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk

Detail of the 'Star-Spangled Sidewalk' painted by artist Lee Wheeler & Volunteers

Ongoing • Outdoors

AVAM's A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk is a free, outdoor art celebration, which began in April 2013 to coincide with Maryland's Star Spangled 200 National Bicentennial celebration, and remains on view today. The painted sidewalk mural, created by artist Lee Wheeler and painted with the help of many dedicated volunteers, depicts our nation's beloved National Anthem in an engaging, family-fun and informative format that playfully welcomes both visitor feet and wheelchairs into an up-close and personal viewing experience. Stretching the length of AVAM's campus on the sidewalks along Key Highway, visitors will witness a visually creative interpretation, line-by-line, of our National Anthem, which was applied with the use of environmentally safe pigments and sealant. AVAM invites families and passersby to literally "stand and take part" in Maryland's shining history.

This history-linked creative project complimented our 2012-13 original, thematic exhibition, The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth, as the element of Francis Scott Key's eyewitness, "bombs bursting in air," account of the British attack on Fort McHenry in 1814, perfectly expresses the exhibition's theme of personal testimony. The project was made possible by a grant from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.


AVAM's A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War or 1812 Bicentennial Commission. For more information on Maryland's "Star-Spangled 200" Bicentennial, visit