Monday, May 4, 2015

Exclusive Jim Henson Lithographs Offered to Center for Puppetry Arts Donors!

The Center for Puppetry Arts’ renovation and expansion, set to be completed in fall 2015, will include the new “Worlds of Puppetry” Museum, featuring the most comprehensive collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts in the world.

In support of the Center’s expansion, the family of Jim Henson has commissioned master printer Andrew Mockler to create three original lithographs of Henson's striking artwork: “Conceit,” “Melancholy,” and “Hilarity.” 

Beginning in April, sets of these limited edition lithographs were made available as a thank you to top level supporters of the Center for Puppetry Arts’ expansion and its continued conservation of Jim Henson’s work, his legacy, and the art form of puppetry.  Through layers of color, each limited edition set pays tribute to Henson’s unique sense of humor, style, and high energy.

“The Henson Family is thrilled to have three of our favorite pieces of our father’s personal art recreated by a fine art master printer.  These images hung in our family home for many years; they are intelligent and wry, clever, and beautiful,” said Cheryl Henson, daughter of Jim Henson.  “As a member of the Center’s board of directors, I’m personally delighted to share this special printing with individuals who appreciate and admire our father’s work and contribution to the art world.”

Donors who make a new gift of $10,000 or more to the Center for Puppetry Arts’ expansion campaign will receive a collector’s set of three lithographic prints created by Mockler.  Each print will be numbered and embossed with the Jim Henson Archives seal, and each set of three prints will come in a portfolio with a personal letter from Jim Henson’s son Brian Henson and documentation from Henson archivist Karen Falk.  This is a limited edition printing of 100 sets, 40 of which have been given to the Center for Puppetry Arts by Brian and Cheryl Henson.

“These prints are just one more example of Jim’s genius.  He had so many incredible talents,” said Vince Anthony, the Center for Puppetry Arts founding director.  “We’re hoping that many donors respond to this opportunity to not only have some of Jim’s personal art in their homes but to also assist us in creating a home for his characters and larger body of work.”

Donors who contribute gifts of $10,000 before August 2015 will be listed as a founding supporter of the Center for Puppetry Arts’ new museum, in addition to receiving this set of prints.

Those interested in receiving a set of Henson lithographic prints should contact Amy Davis at Center for Puppetry Arts by phone at 404.881.5142 or by email at


The Center for Puppetry Arts is supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council • City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs • Georgia Council for the Arts • Zeist Foundation • The Wish Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta • PNC •  Aetna Foundation • The Coca-Cola Foundation • Regency Suites Hotel • WSB-TV Family 2 Family Project • YP • For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters, visit
Kermit and friends are getting a new home at the Center for Puppetry Arts! The nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to the art of puppetry has begun construction on a 7,500 square foot museum expansion. Set to be open in fall 2015, the museum will feature objects from the Center’s extensive global collection and will display the world’s most comprehensive collection of Jim Henson's contributions to the world of puppetry. The project also includes a major renovation to existing spaces, including a renovated entryway, expanded research library and many other upgrades that will enhance the overall experience for all visitors to the Center. For more details, visit
Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. These programs are also supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre; Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/USA/ASSITEJ); and International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY).The Center also serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.

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