The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents: The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

The virtual fundraiser is being held in lieu of the Museum’s annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala, which has been postponed to September 2021. Proceeds will support the Museum and our art and literacy programs, including our online and in-person picture book art exhibitions, art projects, and educational resources for children, families, and educators around the world. 

The evening will feature celebrities and guest artists and authors in the world of picture books, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at exciting exhibitions coming up at The Carle. The broadcast will have a special virtual message by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, who together have written more than 30 best-selling books for children. Other inspiring segments will include Tami Charles reading her powerful forthcoming book All Because You Matter, illustrated by Bryan Collier, an exhibition video from Sandra Boynton and Yo-Yo Ma, and appearances by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Melissa Sweet, and David Wiesner, among other leaders in the field.

A special auction representing the kind of exceptional art on view at The Carle will open for silent bidding before the event. Two pieces of art will be auctioned live with an auctioneer during the broadcast. 

The nineteen confirmed auction artists are: Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Diane Dillon, Tony DiTerlizzi, Vashti Harrison, Oliver Jeffers, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Grace Lin, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Christian Robinson, Maurice Sendak, Don Tate, Raúl The Third, Evan Turk, Rosemary Wells, and Mo Willems. The art auction will open for bidding on Friday, September 18. The two items for the live auction will be available for preview at that time.

7:00pm - 7:45pm

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road

Amherst, MA