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GRAND OPENING OF THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART
First exhibit an in-depth retrospective featuring 52 works by Eric CarleThe Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art opened November, 2002. Founded in part by Eric Carle, renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Museum is dedicated to exploring the role of visual art in international children's literature. This unique Museum will introduce a new generation of museum-goers to the visual arts through familiar and beloved works.
Opening ceremonies for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art were attended by some of the biggest names in contemporary picture book art, including Eric Carle, Maurice Sendak, Jerry Pinkney, Jane Dyer and Barry Moser.
Upcoming exhibit schedule:
THE COLORFUL WORLD OF ERIC CARLE
November 22, 2002 - March 23, 2003
This in-depth retrospective featuring 52 works from many of Eric Carle's best-loved books launches an ongoing series of thematic exhibitions and surveys of Eric Carle's distinguished career.
MAURICE SENDAK: INSIDE AND OUT
November 22, 2002 - January 12, 2003
Celebrating the life and work of this renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, Maurice Sendak: Inside and Out examines this master's interior scenes and rich landscapes and traces his artistic influences through inclusion of works by Albrecht D¸rer and Winslow Homer.
THE BIRTH OF A BOOK: ROBERT INGPEN
November 22, 2002 - February 2003
The inaugural exhibition line-up will feature Robert Ingpen's art from Charise Neugebauer's Halloween Circus at the Graveyard Lawn, representing the first gift to the Museum of preliminary and finished art for a complete book.
In late January 2003, the art of Nancy Ekholm Burkert will be on view. Best known for her illustrations of James and the Giant Peach and Snow White, Burkert is a fine artist who illustrated several books. The exhibit will consider the important relationship between the two genres.
Spring of 2003 will bring the art of Mitsumasa Anno to the Museum. This eminent Japanese picturebook artist is known the world over for such classics as Anno's Alphabet and Anno's Math Games.
Summer of 2003, the work of Leo Lionni will grace the walls of the Museum. Internationally recognized as a graphic designer and "fine" artist, Lionni came to children's books as a grandfather. Swimmy and Frederick are among his most beloved creations.
For more information about the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, please visit the website at www.picturebookart.org or call (413) 658-1100.
It has been our dream to build a museum for children and families, teachers and librarians, scholars and everyone interested in the art of the picture book - a museum to delight, entertain, surprise and educate. Encouraged and supported by many friends in education, the arts, and publishing, we established The Eric & Barbara Carle Foundation in 1995 to make that dream a reality. We are moving forward with great enthusiasm, and invite you to join us in founding The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art that will be built next to the Hampshire College campus in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Eric and Barbara Carle