Amherst, MA (March 9, 2011). The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art is delighted to announce the 2011 Carle Honor Honorees. This year's selection of luminaries include:
- Lois Ehlert, Artist - Caldecott Honor winning author and artist
- Jeanne Steig, Angel - Multimedia artist, donor of the William Steig picture book art archive to The Carle's permanent collection
- Michael di Capua, Mentor - Editor and art director of children's books for over 40 years
- Karen Nelson Hoyle, Bridge - Professor and curator of The Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota.
The Carle Honors celebrate the creative vision and long-term dedication of key individuals and organizations to the world of picture books and the many ways they open minds to art and literacy. The awards recognize for distinct forms: 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; Mentors, editors, designers, educators who campaign 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.
"It is a thrill to honor these individuals whose work has contributed so positively to the world of children's literature. Industry giants on their own, together these four talents comprise a sweeping scope of the breadth and impact of this exceptional genre," said Alexandra Kennedy, executive director of The Carle.