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Idaho Artist James Castle Exhibition Opens in Albertsons Library

James Castle: Eighteen Artist Books

You are cordially invited to an open-house reception featuring


Friday, April 6 from 4-7 p.m.
Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Complimentary parking is available in the East and West Plaza lots (by the B).


James Castle: Eighteen Artists Books
April 2-May 20, 2018
Albertsons Library, 1st floor lobby

The Literary Legacy of Tom Trusky
April 2-Dec. 15, 2018
Albertsons Library, 2nd floor Special Collections and Archives

Additional Tom Trusky Papers Events

Silent Film Pioneer Nell Shipman Film Screening
Thursday, April 12, 6 p.m.
Riverfront Building, Room 105
Co-hosted by Idaho Film Collection

Zine-Making Workshop
Thursday, April 19th, 2-4 p.m.
Library Room 201C
Co-hosted by the Gender Studies Program

James Castle

James Castle meticulously studied the environments he called home and curated his own body of work, selecting and editing, grouping and displaying his pieces—in his home, in his workspace — to envision a personal sense of place. Primarily working in images, but often with lettered texts and lines that may imply text, he assembled and often bound pages, drew over existent texts in previously published books, and illustrated figures, landscapes, and architectural compositions on found materials from his surroundings. In doing so, he created a self-published collection of artist books that provide a unique glimpse into his process of making. In honor of Castle’s processes, the works in James Castle: Eighteen Artist Books present a humble collection demonstrative of his curatorial practices. Books open to pages that reflect his deliberation and intended execution through use of patterns, pictorial juxtapositions, repetition of techniques and vernacular materials in order to draw new and familiar audiences into a conversation with this artist and a small portion of his artist books.

Tom Trusky

When the late Boise State English Professor Tom Trusky began to research James Castle’s artistry in bookmaking, he undertook a 15-year exploration of the Idaho artist and his techniques, research that will be available to the public in Boise State’s Special Collections and Archives beginning April 9th. A complementary exhibition of the Tom Trusky Papers will be held in the Special Collections and Archives on the second floor of the Library.

For more information about events surrounding the opening of the Tom Trusky Papers, please visit

Image Credits: Jack McLarty and Special Collections and Archives, Boise State University