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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Past Exhibitions

Allen Say


The Art of Allen Say: A Sense of Place

March 13 – May 30, 2014

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL), Abilene, TX



The Art of Allen Say: A Sense of Place

September 19 - October 28, 2009

Lamont Gallery, Philips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH


IN THE East Gallery

The Art of Allen Say: A Sense of Place

Organized in honor of Allen Say’s 70th birthday, The Art of Allen Say: A Sense of Place explores both the technical mastery and thematic complexity of this prolific artist and author. Trained as a commercial photographer, Say found his place writing and illustrating children’s books somewhat by chance in the 1970s. Author of more than twenty works since then, including Grandfather’s Journey (1993), which won the Caldecott Medal in 1994, Say has spent much of his career exploring the rich divide between his Japanese youth and his American coming of age. It is his ability to convey sentiments of alienation and dislocation in ways that speak directly to children that make his books so remarkable. The exhibition is comprised mostly of Say’s illustrations for books, but also contains examples of his commercial photography and oil painting to underscore the full measure of his creative talent, as well as his unifying aesthetic.

This exhibition is supported in part by a gift from Walter Lorraine Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.


Grandfather's Journey
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