June 12, 2016 – October 16, 2016
Featuring colorful paintings of the American circus by artists from the 1920s and 1930s alongside circus-themed marketing materials used by the Beech-Nut Packaging Company in the 1930s.
The Circus coming to town was a highly anticipated event in small towns across America during the early decades of the 20th century. Leading American artists painted the spectacle of the parade as the circus arrived and the excitement under the big top. Images of circus cars, animals and acrobats were also used to market food products during the 1930s. The Beech-Nut Packaging Company was one of the companies to use the excitement and nostalgia of the circus to sell its products. This culminated in the creation of Beech-Nut miniature circuses that traveled across the country by bus, and a circus themed pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1939.
Exhibition sponsored by the Beech-Nut Nutrition Company
Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas
October 22, 2016 - December 30, 2016
The exhibition features the amazing work of pop-up book creators Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. The exhibition features 80 original works from more than 16 of their books.
This exhibition is supported by Fenimore Asset Management Fund.