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


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Past Exhibitions


IN THE West Gallery

Creative Connections: The Art of Eric Carle and Leo Lionni

When Eric Carle returned to America in 1952, a meeting with Leo Lionni resulted in a friendship and a job lead. The rest, as they say, is history. Neither Eric Carle nor Leo Lionni ever imagined they later would create some of the most memorable picture books of our time. The similarities between these two artists are quite striking: their pictures are filled with animals and nature; they drew inspiration from their childhood experiences; and their early careers in graphic design can be seen in their bold simplicity and elegant sense of design.

The Carle is pleased to exhibit the work of Dutch born Lionni in conjunction with GoDutch!, a Pioneer Valley celebration of Dutch art and culture.The exhibit will also feature some of Carle’s illustrations from The Hole in the Dike, an adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge's classic tale about a boy who saves Holland from a disastrous flood.


Leo Lionni, Final illustration for An Extraordinary Egg [Alfred A. Knopf]. Gift of the Lionni Family. © 1994 Leo Lionni.
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