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Name  Carl Chaiet

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Education  New York University, Hunter College

Carl Chaiet is an American artist and illustrator.



Carl Chaiet was born in New York City, New York on January 12, 1951. He grew up in Mt. Vernon, NY and attended Mt Vernon schools. He attended Hunter College as an undergraduate, Lehman College for graduate work, and New York University for his doctorate in Aesthetics. He taught art in the New York public school system for many years. During this time, he worked in a variety of mediums throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, primarily sculpture and painting, before teaming up with his wife, Lynn Kearcher, to create the Earnest and Telford series for which he is best known.

Earnest and Telford

Telford, a renowned lexicographer, and his 6'3" bird-butler, Earnest, investigate the worlds of language and culture, generally in order to solve some sort of mystery. They are the central characters in three books illustrated by Carl Chaiet and written by Lynn Kearcher: Being Earnest in 1998, It Could Have Been a Rose in 2003, and Man's First Word in 2007.


  • 1976: Society of American Graphics Award
  • 2003: Salmagundi Art Club Graphics Award
  • References

    Carl Chaiet Wikipedia

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