AVAM Farewell Tribute Gala

AVAM Farewell Tribute Gala

A couple hundred friends and supporters of the American Visionary Art Museum turned out to celebrate its founder/director, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, who is retiring in early 2022. Guests roamed the museum and checked out its exhibits first, before heading to AVAM’s Jim Rouse Visionary Center for dinner and tributes/roasts from friends like cult filmmaker/author/artist John Waters and UMBC president Freeman Hrabowski, III.

Pictured (LtoR) Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, American Visionary Art Museum founder/director; and Betty Cooke, famed Baltimore-based jewelry designer/artist
Pictured (LtoR) Lorraine Walker and Steve Walker, retired film/television propmasters; and John Waters, renowned Baltimore-based filmmaker/author/artist
Pictured (LtoR) Freeman Hrabowski III, University of Maryland, Baltimore County president; Jackie Hrabowski, retired T. Rowe Price vice president; and Sheela Murthy, Murthy Law Firm CEO
Pictured (LtoR) Ted Frankel, Sideshow at the American Visionary Art Museum owner; Nancy Josephson, artist; and Bill Gilmore, artist
Pictured (LtoR) Mari Ross, retired Baltimore city executive; David Hess, sculptor; Sally Hess, Gilchrist Hospice RN; and Roz Healy, Camp Opportunity executive director
Pictured (LtoR) Payal Parekh, AVAM board member; Nupur Parekh Flynn, Nuper LLC founding owner; and Guy Flynn, DLA Piper partner
Pictured (LtoR) Steve Ziger, Ziger|Snead cofounder/partner; Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize winning Baltimore-based author; and Christy Macy, freelance writer
Rebecca began the evening with a personal welcome to each of the arriving guests.

(November 20, 2021 – American Visionary Art Museum)

Sloane Brown

Baltimore's longtime fashion and social scene reporter, Sloane is the founder/managing editor of Baltimore Snap.