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[BKARTS] Castle Book Exhibition

April 26, 2005


The Idaho Center for the Book will bring a traveling exhibition of
James Castle works to the Boise State University Student Union Gallery,
beginning with a reception from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. April 29 at the
gallery. The exhibition will continue until June 1.

This exhibit features rare, early Castle works discovered in a Garden
Valley icehouse. The display also will include additional art works and
visual narratives that were recently discovered in Caldwell, Idaho.  The
 owners of the Early Attic, an Idaho City antiques store, bought the
works for $10 at an estate auction. These visual narratives have been
"translated" for the first time. The show has been previously
displayed in New York City, Chicago, Canada and England.

James Castle was an autistic, self-taught artist and bookmaker. He was
born in Garden Valley in 1899 and was thought to be deaf, mute,
illiterate and mentally challenged. He produced thousands of drawings
and illustrations during his life, using tools that he fashioned
himself. He died in Boise in 1977.


Contact: Catherine Allen, Student Activities, (208) 426-1223,
Media contact: Julie Hahn, University Relations, (208) 426-5540,

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