Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Picture Book Museum Plans 10th Anniversary Celebration

In November 2012, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, will kick off its 10th anniversary with a year of special events, including parties, exhibitions, festivals, professional workshops and family activities. The Carle, which opened its doors November 22, 2002, has become a major cultural resource, drawing more than a half million visitors from around the world and engaging audiences of all ages in picture books.

“Our founders, Eric and Barbara Carle, dreamed of creating a museum that would celebrate picture books and inspire a love of art and reading,” says Alexandra Kennedy, executive director. “We’re very proud of the many ways the Museum has fulfilled that mission. In just ten years The Carle has become a vital center for artists, writers, teachers, librarians, scholars and families -- a place where important conversations about the future of art, books, and education happen every day.”

On November 10, 2012 the Museum will host its anniversary launch party, inviting back the many renowned artists who have exhibited their work in its galleries. The evening will include tours of “Iconic Images: Ten Years of Collecting,” the first major exhibition drawing on the Carle’s permanent collection of more than 10,000 illustrations. Guests will have a chance to view works by William Steig, Ludwig Bemelmans, Maurice Sendak, and many more.

The other special exhibitions on view will be “Eric Carle’s Independent Art” -- a look beyond his famous book illustration -- and an exhibition of the work of British artist Lucy Cousins and her beloved Maisy character. Other exhibitions slated for the anniversary year include Garth Williams’s rarely viewed original drawings from Charlotte’s Web and a major exhibition of work by Mo Willems.

In addition, the museum is planning a full slate of activities to run during the anniversary year. Those interested in attending should check the museum’s web site for updated information.


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