Renowned children’s book artist Eric Carle is taking his personal art from his hometown museum in Amherst, Mass. for the first time ever and bringing it to the Tacoma Art Museum. The new exhibit from Eric Carle debuts at TAM Saturday, April 6 and running through July 7, the exhibit, titled, “Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle,” will feature paintings, sculptures, personal sketches, photographs and even irreverent notes and drawings of Carle’s, shared formerly only with friends.
Known best for his children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Carle has been creating an expansive private collection of what he likes to call his “ArtArt” for over 60 years. These pieces of fine art will be on display throughout the exhibition period, and at 10:30am on Wednesday, April 10, Museum Director Stephanie A. Stebich will host a discussion to delve further into Carle’s private works.
Carle will also be presenting a large mural of 14’x20’ created specifically for the exhibition, and will be present for a discussion and book signing at 1pm on Sunday, April 7. Admission is $20, $15 for members and $10 for students, and museum admission is included in the ticket price.
The Tacoma Art Museum is open from 10am to 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday, and 10am to 8pm on the third Thursday of each month, on which date there is no admission fee. Normal admission rates are $10 for adults, $8 discounted and members get in free.