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Past Exhibitions

Seriously Silly! The art & whimsy of Mo Willems

May 23, 2015–January 10, 2016


artist Mo Willems, stands with his hand on his chin in a contemplative pose in front of a large drawing of his iconic blue pigeon behind him. photo by Marty Umans.

Photo by Marty Umans

Seriously Silly! The art & whimsy of Mo Willems was a retrospective of illustrations by the best-selling children’s book artist and author. Willems has created more than 40 books for children and won numerous literary awards, including three Caldecott Honors. Seriously Silly! featured more than 100 works by the artist – from preliminary drawings to completed illustrations – that chronicled the past 12 years of Willems’ whimsical world, populated by his beloved characters Knuffle Bunny, Elephant and Piggie, The Pigeon, and many more. Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst, Mass.), the exhibition gave viewers a glimpse of Willems’ creative process and revealed the comedic genius of his books, which have become instant hits with young children in the new century.

Organization and Support

This exhibition is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts. Support for the organization of the exhibition has been generously provided by Disney Publishing Worldwide. Support in Atlanta is made possible by the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation and Inaugural Grandparents Circle of Support.