Thursday, July 4, 2013


Eric Carle Exhibition Extended through July 21

This just in from Tacoma Art Museum

Thanks to a resounding community response, Tacoma Art Museum is extending the exhibition Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle for two additional weeks, closing now on Sunday, July 21, 2013.

Called “joyful,” “vibrant,” and “unexpected,” the exhibition gives visitors the chance to see something that few people in the world have seen: a remarkable variety of paintings, sculptures, and personal sketches that Eric Carle has been creating privately for years. Best known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more than 70 other picture books, Carle has created a significant and varied body of artwork that was never intended for book publication.

“We couldn’t be happier that people are responding so positively to Eric’s artwork,” said Stephanie A. Stebich, Director of Tacoma Art Museum. “Being able to share the other side of his artistic life opens up new insights into his work and gives us all a chance to better understand the man who has been one of the most influential and beloved creators of our age.”

The exhibition highlights the full range of Carle’s career, from the 1940s to today, introducing people to what Carle calls his “ArtArt.” It also includes Carle’s picture book art that so many are familiar with, such as images from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. Visitors of all ages can even try their hand at making their own Carle-esque collage with an interactive magnet wall.

See you in the galleries!
#253StreetArt Instagram Photo Contest
#253StreetArt Instagram Contest
Show us the art you see every day in the lines and colors of the streets where you live and you might just win our #253StreetArt Contest!
Tacoma Art Museum is holding a photo contest inspired by the artist Eric Carle–who sees art in everything from the colorful lines in a parking lot to the patterns and bumps on the sidewalk.

Upload your StreetArt pictures to Instagram with the tag #253StreetArt by Sunday, July 21. We’ll upload our favorite pics to our Facebook page. The winner will receive an Eric Carle gift package including a copy of Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle signed by Eric Carle AND a membership to Tacoma Art Museum.
Upload and tag your #253StreetArt today!
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Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA in cooperation with Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibition is generously sponsored by ArtsFund, Russell Investments, and Stebich Ridder International. Additional support provided by Helen and Peter Bing, and Cathy Ebert and Karl Saberg.

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