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

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  • Tuesday- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Current Exhibitions

IN THE West Gallery

Under the Sea with Eric Carle

Dive in for an underwater adventure! This exhibition showcases original art from 11 Eric Carle picture books, including his popular titles A House for Hermit Crab (1987) and Mr. Seahorse (2004). See penguins in arctic waters and jellyfish in tropical seas, along with playful dolphins, seals, turtles, and whales. Also on view are Carle’s illustrations of mythological sea creatures—mermaids, leviathans, and the legendary kraken. A reading rowboat and an immersive puppet stage provide inspiration for creative play.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

Exhibition design by Katie Craig

 

Eric Carle, Illustration for A House for Hermit Crab (Simon & Schuster). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 1987 Eric Carle.

IN THE Central Gallery

Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art

Will you grow up to be an artist? Co-curators Grace Lin and Jarrett J. Krosoczka honor childhood creativity in the exhibition Now & Then, in which they display artists’ childhood drawings next to their published illustrations. The pairings inspire young visitors to make connections to their current creations—and future potential. In addition to Grace and Jarrett, the featured artists are Cece Bell, Nidhi Chanani, Jason Chin, The Fan Brothers, Julie Flett, Jeff Kinney, Elisa Kleven, Barbara Lehman, Rafael López, Oge Mora, Juana Martinez-Neal, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, Evan Turk, and Tillie Walden.

This exhibition is curated by Grace Lin and Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

 

Nidhi Chanani, Illustration for I Will Be Fierce by Bea Birdsong (Roaring Brook Press). Courtesy of the artist. © 2019 Nidhi Chanani.

IN THE Reading Library

Ireland's Eye: Picture Book Views of Ireland

An exhibition of digital reproductions

While the music and literature of Ireland have reached audiences worldwide, few of the country’s picture book are known beyond its shores. Ireland’s Eye highlights the traditions, stories, and landscapes of Ireland, and the unending inspiration artists have found on the island nation.

Curated by Elizabeth Goldrick, 2019 Trinkett Clark Intern

 

Patrick Donnelly, Illustration for The President’s Glasses (Gill Books). Courtesy of the artist. © 2017 Peter Donnelly.
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