past exhibition

Tomie dePaola at the Currier

Closing February 13, 2022

Tomie dePaola (American, 1934–2020)
Illustrations for Wings (pages 8/9), 2019
story by Cheryl B. Kline
acrylic and markers on paper
Anonymous Gift, 2021
© Whitebird, Inc.

“A picture book is a small door to the enormous world of the visual arts, and they’re often the first art a young person sees.” – Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola (1934–2020) wrote and illustrated some 270 children’s books over his 50-year career, including picture books, folk tales, nursery rhymes, and chapter books. dePaola had a masterful ability to express complicated emotions through accessible narratives and dynamic illustrations, filled with his warm and lively characters. A longtime resident of New Hampshire, he has received numerous awards and accolades.

The Currier Museum of Art’s collection holds more than 100 works by Tomie dePaola. This exhibition celebrates the artist’s life and legacy through a selection of these illustrations. 

The Currier Museum recently established the Tomie dePaola Art Education Fund to support art education for young people of all backgrounds. dePaola knew art to be important avenue of discovery and growth. The Currier Museum shares dePaola’s belief in the transformative power of art and honors his legacy by making art accessible to children in our region. To donate, click here.

The work in this exhibition has been rotated twice, giving viewers a chance to see even more work by this beloved artist. A final selection of work will be on view beginning December 2, 2021 and the exhibition will close on February 13, 2022.

This exhibition is supported in part by Bellwether Community Credit Union.

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Our Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program invites artists to live and work at the museum. While in residence, artists consider the collection and community, and refresh our perspectives on the role of the museum. The program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting our audiences with art and creative thinking, whether of the past or the future. We hope to learn from our visiting artists – and be surprised by their perspectives.

Artists working in all media participate in the AIR program, which has three main components: 1) an open call to support emerging artists making socially engaged art; 2) an invitational through which artists are selected to develop special projects, commissions, or exhibitions; and 3) artist-led, community-centered public art projects in the city of Nashua, NH.


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