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

Hours

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

 

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Upcoming Exhibitions

IN THE East Gallery

Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards

The Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award annually recognizes outstanding African American artists of children’s books who demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Our Voice is the first retrospective of all winners and honorees since the establishment of the award in 1974. More than thirty artists are showcased, including Ashley Bryan, Bryan Collier, Pat Cummings, Ekua Holmes, Floyd Cooper, Kadir Nelson, Jerry Pinkney, Faith Ringgold, and Javaka Steptoe. 

This exhibition is organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. 

Exhibition design by Katie Craig

 

Javaka Steptoe, Detail of illustration for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). Courtesy of NCCIL. © 2016 Javaka Steptoe.

IN THE Central Gallery

Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Museum’s Vault

Nocturnal birds of prey, owls have figured in world cultures throughout history, from Greek mythology to Harry Potter’s Hedwig. Artists and writers have long been drawn to owls as symbols of wisdom, envoys to the spirit world, or as harbingers of misfortune. Selected from The Carle’s storage vault, Illustrated Owls features, among others, Garth Williams’s Children’s Book Week poster from 1955, Ezra Jack Keats’s lithograph from Zoo Where Are You? (1964), Maurice Sendak’s lithograph from A Kiss for Little Bear (1971), José Areugo and Ariane Dewey’s watercolor from Owliver (1974), Barry Moser’s resingrave print from The Pennyroyal Caxton Edition of the Holy Bible (1999), and numerous E. H. Shepard illustrations of Owl, Pooh, Tigger, and other friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Also showcased is a display of first-edition Beatrix Potter books recently donated by Barbara Elleman and featuring Owl Brown in The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903).

 

Antonio Frasconi, Illustration for If The Owl Calls Again: A Collection of Owl Poems (Margaret K. McElderry Books). Gift of the Frasconi Family. © 1990 Antonio Frasconi.

IN THE East Gallery

Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age

The graphic novel is arguably the single most exciting new development in illustrated literature for children and teens in a generation. As pioneers of a rapidly evolving art form, graphic novelists continue to explore the vast middle ground between the picture book and text-only narrative. Out of the Box examines the graphic novel’s coming of age through a close look at ten poignant coming-of-age stories by Vera Brosgol, Catia Chien, Geoffrey Hayes, Gene Luen Yang, Jarrett Krosoczka, Hope Larson, Matt Phelan, David Small, Raina Telgemeier, and Sara Varon. An illustrated catalogue, with an essay by curator Leonard Marcus, will be published.

 

Vera Brosgol, Illustration for Be Prepared. © 2018 Vera Brosgol. Reprinted with permission from First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership. All rights reserved.
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