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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 West Gallery

The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs

As a child, Eric Carle became interested in insects, a curiosity sparked by his father, who took 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 Beess, Butterflies, and Other Bugs, The Museum celebrates the wings, stings, and crawling things that have appeared throughout Carle's career, 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.


IN THE West Gallery

The Art of Eric Carle: From A to Z

IN THE Central Gallery

A Taste for Adventure: The Art of William Pène du Bois

To mark the centenary of William Pène du Bois’s birth (1916-1993), The Carle is pleased to host an exhibition of his work, borrowed primarily from the Estate, with a small selection from the Museum’s permanent collection.  Featured will be several drawings from his Newbery Award-winning book, The Twenty-One Balloons [Viking, 1947], the fantastic story of the round-the-world balloon voyage of Professor William Waterman Sherman in 1883. As well, viewers will enjoy Giant Otto [Viking, 1936], about a large yellow hound of indeterminate breeding, who uses his size and strength to perform good deeds. Giant Otto serves as a precursor to Norman Bridwell’s (American, 1928-2014) dog Clifford the Big Red Dog [Scholastic, 1963]. Pène du Bois’s clear linear style employs broad washes of color, lending a sophisticated cartoon quality to the visual experience. In addition to being a prolific author and illustrator of children’s books, Pène du Bois catered to older audiences, serving as a correspondent for Yank magazine during World War II, and was a founding editor for The Paris Review.

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