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

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

 

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Current Exhibitions

IN THE East Gallery

The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís

Peter Sís invites readers on incredible journeys. His picture book biographies recount the real-life travels of British biologist Charles Darwin and French pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He depicts the life and persecution of 17th-century Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. Born in Czechoslovakia, Sís transports readers to the ancient city of Prague in The Three Golden Keys and explores its political past in The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. He chronicles his father’s two-year odyssey in the Himalaya Mountains in Tibet Through the Red Box, and creates a modern-day fairytale in Madlenka. This exhibition showcases more than 90 original illustrations from 26 picture books, ranging from Sís’s exquisitely detailed paintings of historical narratives to the bold graphics of his early readers. A selection of painted objects and public art projects showcase other facets of his award-winning career.

This exhibition is made possible with generous support from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Exhibition design by Katie Craig

 

Peter Sís, Illustration for Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei (Frances Foster Books). Collection of the artist. © 1996 Peter Sís. Reprinted with permission from Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

IN THE West Gallery

Eric Carle Makes a Book

“As I work on the book, I love it. I hate it. I think it’s awful, and I think it’s wonderful,” says Eric Carle. This exhibition explores Carle’s story inspirations and how he turns his ideas into published books. An in-depth look at four beloved titles—From Head to Toe (1997), “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly” Said the Sloth (1999), The Very Clumsy Click Beetle (2002), and 10 Little Rubber Ducks (2005)—takes visitors through the book-development process, from Carle’s thumbnail sketches to his final collages. Also on view are alternate book covers, unpublished artwork, and seven book ideas that were never made—and never before shared with the public.

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

Exhibition design by Katie Craig
 

Eric Carle, Illustration for 10 Little Rubber Ducks (HarperCollins). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 2005 Eric Carle.

IN THE Central Gallery

William Steig's Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble has held a special place in readers hearts for 50 years. Contemporary illustrators often cite the book as their greatest childhood influence. The Carle is fortunate to have in its permanent collection Steig’s preliminary sketches, story boards, and dummy books related to the seminal publication, thanks to the generosity of Jeanne Steig who donated over 1,000 artworks by her late husband. The artist’s daughter Maggie Steig is lending the original published illustrations along with her father’s paints, tools, personal family photographs, and his prized Caldecott Medal. The Carle designed a charming tableau vivant of Steig’s picnic scene—including a “Sylvester boulder”—to engage visitors of all ages.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
 

William Steig, Preliminary illustration for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1969). Gift of Jeanne Steig. © William Steig.

IN THE Reading Library

All: A Look into LGBTQ Representation in Picture Books

An exhibition of digital reproductions

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) representations in picture books work to build empathy while reinforcing the validity of different identities. All: A Look into LGBTQ Representation in Picture Books explores illustrations of love, identity, discrimination, validation, and families.

Curated by Chandra Boudreau, 2018 Trinkett Clark Intern

Innosanto Nagara, Illustration for A is for Activist (Seven Stories Press). © 2013 Innosanto Nagara.
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