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The Art of Uri Shulevitz at the Eric Carle Museum

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will present ‘Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz,’ a retrospective of the Caldecott award-winning artist’s work. In celebration of Shulevitz’s 80th birthday, the exhibit will feature approximately 90 works, including original images from his 1969 book Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, for which he won the Caldecott Medal.

Shulevitz was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1935. He was only four years old when WWII drove his Jewish family into an eight-year exile, traveling through Europe before arriving in Paris in 1947. Even throughout the trials of wartime, Shulevitz continued to explore his artistic passion. His family later settled in Israel, where – at just fifteen years old – Shulevitz had his art displayed at the Tel Aviv Museum. He then moved to New York City, where he studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and began work as an illustrator. He is known for his versatility in a wide range of media.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Macmillan’s Children’s Publishing Group.

Exhibition related events:

Members Opening Reception – A Conversation with Uri Shulevitz
Saturday, March 14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Gallery Talk with Author/Illustrator Uri Shulevitz
Sunday, March 15, 2:00 pm
Book signing to follow program
*Free with Museum Admission

About The Carle

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.

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