James Castle

Eric Follet

The James Castle House hosts artists of various backgrounds around the year. Named after the self-taught artist who lived in the home in the early to mid-20th century, the house allows current-day writers, painters, sculptors and more to break away from their daily return and focus deeply on a project. 


The James Castle House in Boise and his studios in New York and Florida have been accepted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation into the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios program. We find out the importance of this designation with Rachel Reichert, Cultural Sites Manager with the James Castle House and Kristen Hill, Cultural Sites Program Coordinator with the City of Boise.

© James Castle Collection and Archive

Idaho’s most famous artist, James Castle, was born profoundly deaf in Garden Valley at the end of the nineteenth century. The self-taught artist spent his life around Boise drawing and creating. His talents garnered a few local exhibits in his twilight years, but the wider art world has only taken serious notice the so-called “outsider artist” in the last two decades. This new consideration has led to a fresh understanding of his work and revealed new depth in it.


The James Castle Primer looks at the life of the reclusive Idaho artist and on Thursday's Idaho Matters we speak with the managing partner of the James Castle Collection and Archive about the book.

On The Thursday, November 1, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Oct 31, 2018

  • Gubernatorial candidate Brad Little discusses his Republican platform.
  • A new look at palliative care for late-stage cancer patients.
  • 'The James Castle Primer' examines the life of Boise artist.
  • A film festival that explores the winter sports of the Mountain West.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Artist James Castle's family home has been turned into a museum, shop and a space for an artist in residence. The first such artist, Keiran Brennan Hinton, moved in in May. We chat with him about observational painting.

  • "Me Too" - now in a children's book.
  • The first artist in residence at the James Castle House.

James Castle House

Apr 25, 2018

On Saturday, the City of Boise will open the James Castle House to the public after three years of renovation.  The site was home to James Castle for more than half of his life; the hearing-impaired artist was self-taught and used his drawings to communicate with others.  In the forty years since his death, his work has been on exhibition around the world and pieces have sold for thousands. 

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

This week, the City of Boise opens up the James Castle House to the public after three years of work on the property.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

As the City of Boise prepares to open up the James Castle House this week to the public, the workers restoring the property say they have found new work by the artist hidden behind the walls of the home.

James Castle (1899-1977) Untitled, n.d. / Copyright 2015 James Castle Collection and Archive L.P. All rights reserved.

Boise is taking the next step in preserving the house where Idaho artist James Castle lived and worked. The city broke ground Tuesday on the next phase of construction on the site.

Castle lived in Boise’s Pierce Park neighborhood for decades, starting in the 1930s. He was born deaf and found that his art was a tool for expression and communication.

Copyright James Castle Collection and Archive, L.P.

The City of Boise is working to preserve the property where Idaho artist James Castle lived and worked.

Castle is known worldwide for his drawings, many of which he created in Boise from the 1930s until his death in 1977. He was deaf and used his homegrown art to communicate.