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The James Castle House is deeply rooted in place. The history of the property and its inhabitants are visible at every turn.

The neighborhood that surrounds us holds past and present in equal measure, evidenced through decades of housing styles, new commercial developments, and seemingly untouched stretches of landscape. Experiencing these things in person is much of what makes a visit to the James Castle House irreplaceable.

Under current circumstances, we can offer this experience to our visitors from a distance as they navigate these unusual times. This page contains resources, entertainment, and learning opportunities and will be updated regularly, sharing with you what we find so special about this place. Follow along online, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and with #AtHomeWithJCH.


 

Image: Untitled (5015 Eugene Street), City of Boise Permanent Collection, courtesy of the James Castle Collection and Archive

Historic Home

Our interior landscapes have and continue to act as family gathering places, spaces for work and creativity, and are witnesses to the lives playing out inside their walls. Similarly, the modest house at 5015 Eugene Street was at the center of James Castle's family life and art making practice for over forty years. The evidence of the Castle family's time on site is still tangible today.

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Image: James Castle in Living Room with Lilac Wallpaper, Image courtesy of James Castle Collection and Archive L.P.

On Our Walls

Although the gallery is temporarily closed, our current exhibition, Flip | Side, is available to view from the comfort of your home. Flip | Side is a collection of twelve original artworks by James Castle and twelve facsimiles, allowing both sides of each piece to be viewed simultaneously. This complete view of each work allows us insight into the inventive tools and techniques Castle was so adept with, the daily living habits of the family that cared for him, and the changes in material culture seen over decades.

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Image: Photography by Brooke Burton ©Boise City Department of Arts & History

In Residence

Eric Follett is a writer and linguist who explores how we, as communities and individuals, interact with our landscape. His writings, which include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and scholarly essays, draw perspective from his experience of growing up in Idaho and on his experience working with indigenous communities in Nicaragua.

Follett's residency began on February 5th and was scheduled to end on April 15th. Due to Shelter-in-place orders, he will continue to live and create new work at the James Castle House for the foreseeable future. Stay in touch with Follett's time on-site here and follow along on the James Castle House social media.

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Image: James Castle as a Boy in Garden Valley, Idaho, Tom Trusky Papers, Special Collections and Archives, Boise State University

Home School

The James Castle House is committed to supporting teachers, parents, and their young learners during this challenging time. We know that art can be a powerful tool to investigate a range of subjects, explore emotions, and communicate with others. We hope these lessons and activities will spark creativity, insight, and connection with those around you!

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On Our Walls

 

Current Exhibition

Flip | Side is a collection of twelve original artworks by James Castle and twelve facsimiles, allowing both sides of each piece viewable simultaneously. This complete view of each work allows us insight into the inventive tools and techniques Castle was so adept with, the daily living habits of the family that cared for him, and the changes in material culture seen over decades. View FLIP | SIDE

On Our Walls Video Series


In Residence

Resident Eric Follett

Community Chats

Join us for Community Chats, 10-15 minute recorded discussions between our resident and a member of our community. These one-on-one conversations offer a glimpse into the creative process, ideas and inspiration explored by our residents, and give insight into the experience of living and working on site at the historic James Castle House. Learn more here.

May 7, 2020: Time, Cold Pizza, and The Apocalypse
Our current resident, Eric Follett, is a writer and linguist who uses his work to explore the ways in which we, as communities and individuals, interact with our landscape. This week, Eric chats with Cultural Sites Outreach and Education Assistant Makenzi Dunstan about time, cold pizza, and the apocalypse.

May 14, 2020: Idaho, Language, and Poetry as a Last Resort
Our current resident, Eric Follett, is a writer and linguist who uses his work to explore the ways in which we, as communities and individuals, interact with our landscape. This week, Eric chats with Arts & History Communication Assistant and fellow writer and poet Catie Young about Idaho, language, and poetry as a means of last resort.



What have you enjoyed on At Home With The James Castle House? What would you like to see next? Leave us a note below or call 208-336-6610 to leave a message. We look forward to hearing from you!