James Castle House Honors Idaho Artist

Dated: 02/15/2018

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A slice of Boise history has been preserved at the James Castle House in the Collister neighborhood.

James Castle was an American artist born in Garden City. He also resided in Star, before settling in the Collister home. Castle was born deaf, and didn’t learn how to communicate well through sign language, reading or writing. He turned to art, often depicting his own home and farm.

Castle’s art gained popularity in the 1950s, and continues to today with his work even being shown in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


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The James Castle House in Boise consists of the original home, as well as two historically important outbuildings.

The home was originally built in the 1900s. The museum will include a guest room for the residency program, a studio, exhibition space, and a gift store. 

The house will open to the public in April, with a bevy of events to celebrate. From a community party at the Egyptian Theatre to exhibitions, Castle's contribution to Idaho history will be fully commemorated. 

A three-day inaugural symposium will be held from April 25th to April 27th, focused on Castle's life and work, and the effort put into preserving the buildings for future generations. 

The events will culminate in a public opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 28.

Visit jamescastlehouse.org for more information. 

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