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

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  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art

Opens online September 30, 2020. 

Will you grow up to be an artist? Co-curators Grace Lin and Jarrett J. Krosoczka honor childhood creativity in the online exhibition Now & Then, featuring 19 artists' childhood drawings alongside published illustrations. The pairings inspire young visitors to make connections to their current creations—and their 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. 

IN THE Central Gallery

Inside-Outside Dinosaurs: Creating a Book with Roxie Munro

Roxie Munro travels back millions of years to explore a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Young paleontology fans will recognize some of their favorite prehistoric creatures, and perhaps discover new ones. In her book Inside-Outside Dinosaurs, Munro alternates illustrations of dinosaur skeletons with vivid primeval landscapes teeming with life. The exhibition reveals the book-making process, featuring preliminary sketches, thumbnails, book dummies, and correspondence alongside the published art. Munro donated all materials related to the publication to The Carle’s permanent collection in 2019.

 

Roxie Munro, "Spinosaurus," illustration for Inside-Outside Dinosaurs. Gift of the artist. © 2009 Roxie Munro.

IN THE East Gallery

Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement in Children's Books

This exhibition is the first of its kind to delve into the events, people, and themes of the civil rights movement as told through picture books. More than 80 artworks evoke the power of the era that shaped American history and continues to reverberate today. Picture the Dream presents three thematic sections exploring the forces that sparked the civil rights movement, its key players and events, and stories about the reemergence of activism in contemporary America. From Brown vs. the Board of Education and the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the March on Washington and Black Lives Matter, the picture books’ topics bridge the past and present, emphasizing how historical moments and leaders continue to inspire the struggle for equal rights. 
 
Picture the Dream is co-organized with the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, where the exhibition debuts on August 15, 2020. Curated by Andrea Davis Pinkney, a Carle trustee and New York Times-bestselling and award-winning children’s book author, the exhibition features work by 44 artists including Benny Andrews, Bryan Collier, Raúl Colón, Floyd Cooper, R. Gregory Christie, Ekua Holmes, Kadir Nelson, Brian Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney, Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, and Faith Ringgold.  

 

Philippe Lardy, Illustration for A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson. Collection of the artist. © 2005 Philippe Lardy.
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