Auctions | August 28, 2013

Art Auction to Benefit The Eric Carle Museum

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s 2013 Carle Honors Art Auction features 17 original works of art donated by some of the industry’s most highly-renowned illustrators. The silent auction will take place on September 26th at Guastavino’s in New York City at the eighth annual Carle Honors, which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the landmark Museum located in Amherst, MA. All works will be on display at Books of Wonder (18 West 18th Street, NYC) from September 5 through September 25, and can be viewed online at Absentee bids are encouraged, and can be placed now by contacting Rebecca Miller Goggins at or calling 413-658-1118. 

The Carle Honors Art Auction benefits The Eric Carle Museum and its mission to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. Exclusive original illustrations have been donated by Eric Carle, Tony DiTerlizzi, Richard Egielski, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, David Macaulay, Barbara McClintock, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Susan L. Roth, Chris Van Allsburg, David Wiesner, Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems and Robert R. Zakanitch. Works of art by the late Tom Feelings and William Steig have been specially contributed by Niani Feelings and Jeanne Steig, the 2011 Carle Honors Angel.

“The Carle Honors Art Auction showcases the exceptional talent of some of finest artists in the picture book world,” said Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. “All children should experience the joy of art and reading. Through our auction, anyone can purchase exclusive, original artwork for their home or office and actively support our work.”

The Carle Honors Art Auction is part of The Carle Honors annual benefit gala that celebrates the key individuals and organizations that have made the picture book such a vibrant and impactful art form in America, as well as those who have championed its vital role in supporting art appreciation, early literacy and critical thinking. Hosted by Museum co-founders Eric and Barbara Carle and this year’s co-chairs, Tony and Angela DiTerlizzi, the evening will feature a constellation of awards presented to individuals in four distinct forms: Artist, for lifelong innovation in the field; Mentor, editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form; Angel, whose generous financial support is crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality; and Bridge, individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields.

This year’s exceptional lineup includes the following honorees:

  • Artist: Chris Van Allsburg - Author/illustrator and two time Caldecott Medal winner for Jumanji and The Polar Express

Presented by Jon Scieszka, founder of Guys Read and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

  • Angel: Lynda Johnson Robb and Carol Rasco - Founding Board Member/Chairman Emeritus and President/CEO (respectively), Reading Is Fundamental

Presented by acclaimed writer and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky.

  • Mentor: Phyllis Fogelman Baker - First President of Dial Books for Young Readers; Publisher, Phyllis Fogelman Books

Presented by award-winning author and artist Rosemary Wells.

  • Bridge: Barbara Bader - Author, American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to The Beast Within, the seminal scholarly work on the history of picture books

Presented by Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book.

For more information about The Carle Honors or The Art Auction, please contact Rebecca Miller Goggins at or 413-658-1118.

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