October 17, 2019 – 6:30 pm

Curator’s Perspective: “Eric Carle: His Life and Legacy”

presented by Ellen Keiter, chief curator, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

  • Eric Carle. Cover illustration for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (Holt, Rinehart & Winston). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle, courtesy of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts. © 1967, 1984 Eric Carle

Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

Join Ellen Keiter for this lecture on the renowned author and illustrator Eric Carle. The first part of this program will explore Carle’s training as a graphic designer, his early career in advertising, and his artistic influences. Then, Keiter will discuss Carle’s seminal children’s books and artistic techniques, highlighting his lasting contributions to children’s literature.

Ellen Keiter is chief curator at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, where she oversees all aspects of The Carle’s curatorial department, including the acquisition, care, research, and interpretation of the museum’s premier art collection and its robust exhibition program. Since joining The Carle four years ago, Keiter has significantly expanded the museum’s national and international outreach through traveling exhibitions, and she has been awarded prestigious state and federal grants for improved collections care and visitor engagement. Keiter previously served as director of exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York, and as curator of exhibitions at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. She has a BA in art history from Muhlenberg College and a MA in art history from American University.


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