Original Picture Book Art Auction to Benefit The Carle Museum

This year’s Carle Honors Art Auction to benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art features 16 original works of art donated by some of the industry’s most celebrated artists. The art is available on display from September 5 -19 leading up to the Carle Honors at Books of Wonder bookstore in New York City and can be viewed online at Carle Honors Art Auction. Absentee bids are accepted prior to the event by contacting Rebecca Miller Goggins at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or calling 413-658-1118.  The silent art auction will take place September 20th at The Museum’s Carle Honors event at Gustavino’s in New York City.
 
The 2012 Carle Honors art auction will include original works of art by Eric Carle, Floyd Cooper, Lucy Cousins, Tony DiTerlizzi, Boris Kulikov, Barbara McClintock, Kadir Nelson, Sergio Ruzzier, Peter Sis, Lane Smith, David Ezra Stein, Gabi Swiatkowska, Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Paul Zelinsky, and Lisbeth Zwerger.
 
 “Through the Carle Honors Art Auction anyone can help inspire a love of art and reading and own original artwork from some of the industry’s most respected artists,” said Director of Development Rebecca Miller Goggins.
 
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will honor distinguished luminaries at New York City’s Guastavino’s on Thursday, September 20, 2012.  The Carle Honors event will be hosted by Museum co-founders Eric and Barbara Carle and this year’s co-chairs, Norton and Jeanne Juster and Jules Feiffer and Kate Feiffer.
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The exceptional lineup includes the following honorees:

o   Artist: Lane Smith, the author and artist who received a 2012 Caldecott Honor for his book, Grandpa Green.
§  Lane Smith will be introduced by children’s literature expert Anita Silvey.
 
o   Angel: Kent L. Brown Jr., executive director of the Highlights Foundation and editor-in-chief emeritus of Highlights for Children, Inc.
§  Kent Brown will be introduced by artist Floyd Cooper.
 
o   Mentor: Frances Foster, the editor of Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar Straus and Giroux.
§  Frances Foster will be introduced by artist Barbara McClintock and musician Natalie Merchant.
 
o   Bridge: Christopher Cerf, Sesame Street contributor and co-creator of the PBS series Between The Lions.
§  Christopher Cerf will be introduced by artist Mo Willems.
 
The Carle Honors celebrates individuals and organizations that bring creative vision and long-term dedication to picture books and the many ways they open children’s minds to art and literacy. The awards are selected each year by a committee chaired by children’s literature historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus, who was central to the founding of the Honors. The committee recognizes four distinct awards: Artist, for lifelong innovation in the field; Angel, whose generous financial support is crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality; Mentor, editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form; and Bridge, individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields.
 
For more information about The Carle Honors or The Art Auction, please contact Rebecca Miller Goggins at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or 413-658-1118.
 
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