James Castle’s Home to Become a Cultural Center
Established by Boise City Department of Arts and History, the James Castle House in Boise, Idaho will open in October of 2017, forty years after James Castle’s death. Offering diverse educational opportunities, exhibition space, and residency programs, the James Castle House will preserve the home of self-taught artist James Castle while supporting emerging artists with an authentic context for better understanding the interplay between environment and creative process.
Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquisition
The Smithsonian American Art Museum recently acquired some 54 pieces by James Castle, including drawings, handmade books, texts, and constructions, which reveal the remarkable quality of Castle’s vision. The exhibition, Untitled: The Art of James Castle September 26, 2014 – February 1, 2015 explores how the works themselves can elucidate the world of one of the most enigmatic American artists of the 20th century. These works, Gift of the James Castle Collection and Archive and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment can be viewed on the American Art Museum’s Collections page.