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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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The Eric Carle Museum of  Picture Book Art Elects New Board Members

(Amherst, MA—April 3, 2019)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to welcome five new members to its Board of Trustees: Bryan Collier, Grace Lin, Suzanne Murphy, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Lynn Waggoner. These five new members join a group of professionals, experts in a range of fields, who oversee The Carle’s strategic and fundraising goals and raise awareness and support for Museum programs.

“I’m delighted to welcome these new board members,” says Christopher B. Milne, chairman of the board. “They bring a passion for illustrated literature and a wide range of perspectives and experience.”

The Museum’s Board provides important leadership, helping the Museum’s mission to advance the important role that picture books can play for every child. Now 16 years old, The Carle continues to grow, reaching a wider audience than ever before. Over the last year, the Museum’s exhibitions traveled to nine major museums around the world, drawing an audience of nearly 600,000 people. The Carle’s world-class permanent collection of more than 7.300 illustrations also continues to grow. The Museum’s education programs, which focus on the joys of art and books, have reached hundreds of thousands of children, many in underperforming schools.

“We are setting exciting goals for the next several years, including digitizing our collection, diversifying our exhibitions, programs, and collections, and finding new ways to bring our education programs to a bigger audience. I know our new Board members will make important contributions to these conversations,” said Milne.

Bryan Collier, of Hudson Valley, NY, is an award-winning author and illustrator. After graduating with honors from the Pratt Institute he was the program director at the Harlem Hospital Center and Harlem Horizon Studio for twelve years. He continues to volunteer, but focuses on illustrating and writing children's books full time. His artwork has been featured in The Carle Honors Art Auction and in several exhibitions. Winner of nine Coretta Scott King awards, Collier’s work was recently on display in the Our Voice: The Coretta Scott King Illustrators Award exhibition. Collier also served as the keynote speaker at The Carle’s annual Educator Night and is a frequent contributor to Museum programs. He officially starts in April.

Grace Lin is an award-winning author and illustrator of several books, including the Newbery Award winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Year of the Dog, The Ugly Vegetables, Dim Sum for Everyone!, and her most recent book, A Big Mooncake for Little Star, which just won a Caldecott Honor. Lin is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has participated in many events at The Carle. Her popular TEDxNatick talk, The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf, focuses on the importance of inclusion and diversity in children’s literature. Most of Lin's books are about the Asian-American experience. She believes that "books erase bias, they make the uncommon every day, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal." Lin, a local trustee, lives in Hampshire County, and starts her service in April.

Suzanne Murphy, President and Publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books, brings more than 20 years of publishing experience to The Carle’s Board.  At HarperCollins, she has the privilege of leading the teams that have published bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators such as Angie Thomas, Elizabeth Acevedo, Erin Entrada Kelly, Kevin Henkes, and Terri Lebenson. Before joining Harper, Murphy was Vice President and Publisher of the Disney Book Group, working with authors and illustrators such as Rick Riordan, Jennifer Donnelly, Matthew Cordell, and Mo Willems. Murphy was also Vice President and Group Publisher at Scholastic Trade Publishing where she led the publishing and promotion campaigns for major best-sellers such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. She lives in New York and started on the board in 2018.

Andrea Davis Pinkney is Vice President, Executive Editor at Scholastic, as well as the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of numerous books for young readers. Her work has garnered multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor, among other citations. She is a four-time NAACP Image Award nominee, and recipient of both the Regina Medal and the Arbuthnot Honor Award, for her singular body of work and distinguished contribution to the field of children’s literature. Pinkney is among Children’s Health Magazine’s “25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives.” She is a contributor to The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Essence magazine, and The Horn Book, and is the host of KidLit TV’s “The Big Picture Live.” In 2018 Pinkney hosted The Carle Honors. A New Yorker, Pinkney is guest-curating an exhibition for 2020, co-organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and The Carle.

Lynn Waggoner, a California resident, is Vice President, Global Publisher, Content & Curriculum at Disney Publishing. Waggoner brings more than two decades of experience in the publishing industry, and she and her Disney colleagues have been big supporters of The Carle over the years. In addition to her 12 years at Disney, she was Director of Special Sales at DK Publishing and worked for HarperCollins Publishers. Waggoner served as Co-Chair at East West Players, the nation’s longest-running professional theater of color and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work. Waggoner began her board service at The Carle in 2018.

The Carle’s new board members join a dedicated board, now totaling 17, who provides leadership, talent, energy, and expertise as the Museum’s influence continues to grow.

About The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art:

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. A leading advocate in its field, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture-book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 43,000-square foot facility has served more than 750,000 visitors, including 50,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Bobbie’s Meadow is a new outdoor space that combines art and nature. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master's degree programs in children's literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call (413) 559-6300 or visit the Museum's website at www.carlemuseum.org.

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