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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
  • Mon. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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Past Exhibitions

Ashley Bryan

IN THE East Gallery

Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan

"I can't remember a time when I have not been drawing and painting. In kindergarten, when I learned the alphabet and then drew the pictures for each letter, it was a wonderful experience because the teacher said I had published a book when I reached the end and sewed it together. Because of the encouragement I received as a child, in school and at home, I continued doing those books. I don't know how much those experiences were actually behind what I'm doing now in a direct sense, but it was the spirit in which it was opened to me, that in which I really believed." ––Ashley Bryan

This exhibition is made possible in part by generous support from Antheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.


Ashley Bryan, "Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile" from Why Leopard Has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia by Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert [Fulcrum Publishing]. Gift of the artist. © 1998 Ashley Bryan.

IN THE Central Gallery

Ashley Bryan: Beautiful Blackbird

The art for Ashley Bryan's newest book, Beautiful Blackbird, represents his first attempt at working with collage. These joyous illustrations, depicting the time the blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest, will be on view in the Central Gallery from May 30 to October 19, 2003. They constitute a perfect complement to the concurrent exhibitions of Eric Carle and later in the summer Leo Lionni. Coretta Scott King Award-winner Bryan has adapted this story from a tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia. 


Ashley Bryan, Illustration from Beautiful Blackbird [Atheneum Books for Young Readers]. Gift of the artist in memory of Trinkett Clark. © 2003 Ashley Bryan.
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