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

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Upcoming Exhibitions

IN THE East Gallery

Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz

The Carle is pleased to present Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz, a retrospective of the acknowledged master in celebration of his 80th year. Organized by Curator Emeritus Nick Clark, the exhibition will comprise approximately 90 works surveying Shulevitz’s career as a picture-book artist and will include a selection of his independent art. Shulevitz garnered the Caldecott medal for his Fool of the World and the Flying Ship in 1969 and won Caldecott honors in 1979, 1999, and 2009—most recently for his How I Learned Geography, a poignant memoir of the trials of his youth and how a map fueled his curiosity and imagination. Working in a wide variety of media, the artist demonstrates remarkable versatility as he interprets an equally wide range of literature. An illustrated catalogue with an essay by Clark accompanies the exhibition.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.


IN THE West Gallery

The Art of Eric Carle: Bugs, Beetles, and Butterflies

As a child, Eric Carle became very interested in small animals, a curiosity sparked by his father, who would take him on walks in the woods and fields, exploring the tiny creatures that lived there. In Eric’s own words, “I remember the excitement of lifting stones or peeling back the bark of dead trees to discover the living things that crawled, crept, and scurried about there.” In Bugs, Beetles, and Butterflies, The Carle celebrates the wings, stings, and crawling things that have appeared throughout his work, ranging from allergy tab advertisements he created in the late 1960s to familiar picture book favorites including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug.

IN THE Central Gallery

Gray Matter: David Macaulay’s Black and White

The Carle is pleased to announce it will host an exhibition of the original art from David Macaulay’s Caldecott award-winning Black and White. The exhibition which will be on view from May 19 to November 29, 2015 is a partial celebration of the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication. Heralded as one of the first post-modern picture books where a unified linear narrative was rejected, the book comprises four possible stories arranged in four panels per page which the reader can read according to their preference. In his acceptance speech, Macaulay praised the committee for its choice of such a seemingly unorthodox book. The visitor will be able to gain a deeper understanding of Macaulay’s process through the wealth of preliminary material.

IN THE East Gallery

A Renaissance Man : The Art of Fred Marcellino

The Carle is pleased to announce A Renaissance Man: The Art of Fred Marcellino, which opens June 30,  2015, and remains on view until October 25, 2015. The exhibition comprises over 90 works and shows the full range of Marcellino’s talent, from youthful Abstract-Expressionism through record cover and book jacket design to the crowning achievements of his career—illustrations for children’s books. As he noted about his picture-book art, "each picture is a link in a chain, and they all exist in counterpoint with the text. And although you want each picture to have impact, just like a jacket, the book illustration can also be much more subtle. It can be pondered and savored over a period of time. It's a very different discipline from what I was used to, but I must say it was love at first sight." Of special focus will be the art for Puss in Boots (1990), for which he won a Caldecott Honor award. The exhibition coincides with the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication. A 48-page soft-cover book by Nicholas Falletta, The Art of Fred Marcellino, will accompany the exhibition.

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