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Very Eric Carle Premieres at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in June 2015

First traveling exhibition in North America inspired by the art of children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle

PITTSBURGH (March 10, 2015) – Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has partnered with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, to co-organize the first traveling exhibit in North America inspired by the art of Eric Carle, beloved children’s book author and illustrator.

Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit, will premiere at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on June 13, 2015 and was made possible with underwriting support from an Anonymous Donor, the Eden Hall Foundation, The Hillman Foundation, and The Wherrett Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

This play-and-learn exhibit features activities inspired by five of Eric Carle’s classic books:  The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle and The Very Busy Spider.  Visitors can:

● Become the Very Hungry Caterpillar by climbing through his tunnel
● Weave a web with the Very Busy Spider
● Find their light with the Very Lonely Firefly
● Make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump
● Compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket
● Create artwork using many of Eric Carle's materials and techniques
● Enjoy a gallery of prints from Eric Carle's Very Series as well as works in progress

“In this exhibit, nature is expressed through the creative vision of the artist using color, texture, shape and lines,” stated Anne Fullenkamp, Children’s Museum Associate Director of Business Development. “We reimagined the boundaries between the images on the page and the natural world that inspired them, allowing the visitor to explore the inside world of the artist's studio and the outside world inhabited by each book’s characters.”

Very Eric Carle will run through September 20 at the Children’s Museum and then begin its multi-year run as a traveling exhibit.  The exhibit’s first booking is with Magic House in St. Louis, MO, opening October 2015. The exhibition is expected to tour for up to 10 years. 
 
“I am delighted that the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is creating an interactive, discovery exhibit inspired by my quintet of "Very" books,” stated Eric Carle.  “I hope young visitors will enjoy moving and exploring throughout the exhibition like the small creatures crawl and move in my books and that the exhibition will be enjoyed by visitors of all ages!”

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is open Monday–Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for children 2-18 and senior citizens. Children under two are free. The Museum is located on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side at 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.  For more information, please call (412) 322-5058 or visit the Museum website www.pittsburghkids.org.

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About Eric Carle and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. For further information, visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.


About Children’s Museum Pittsburgh
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to splash in a river, hammer a nail and ink a silkscreen. With 80,000 square feet of space the Museum welcomes nearly 275,000 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning.  Permanent hands-on, interactive exhibit areas at the Museum include The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Attic, Nursery, Backyard and MAKESHOP®.  The Museum’s award-winning, three-story, center building is screened by a shimmering wind Sculpture and connects two historic structures (Allegheny Post Office Building & the Buhl Building).  In 2006 the Museum became a certified green building and was honored by the American Institute for Architects and the National Historic Preservation Trust.  In 2011 the Museum was named as one of the nation’s ten top children’s museums by Parents magazine.  For further information, call 412-322-5058 or visit www.pittsburghkids.org.