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James Castle at the Castle House, Photo by Jack McLarty, Boise State Special Collections and Archives

James Castle: Eighteen Artist Books

April 2–May 20, 208

Albertsons Library, 1st Floor Lobby, Boise State University  

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 work space–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 this exhibition 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.

When the late Boise State English Professor Tom Trusky began to research James Castle’s artistry in book making, he undertook a 15 year exploration of the Idaho artist and his techniques, and obtained the books in this exhibition through purchases and gifts. All 18 are now housed in the Special Collections and Archives; six belong to Idaho Center for the Book.  

Exhibition Locations

James Castle: Eighteen Artist Books
1st Floor Lobby, Albertsons Library, Boise State University  

The Literary Legacy of Tom Trusky
2nd floor, Special Collections and Archives, Albertsons Library, Boise State University

Research in the Tom Trusky Papers will be available to the public in Boise State’s Special Collections and Archives beginning April 9th.

Exhibition Reception

Friday, April 6 from 4:00-7:00 PM
Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Free Parking is available in the East and West Plaza lots (by the B).

Additional Tom Trusky Papers Celebratory Events

Thursday, April 12, 6:00 PM: Silent Film Pioneer Nell Shipman Film Screening, Riverfront Building Room 105
In cooperation with the Idaho Film Collection

For more information, please visit

Thursday, April 19th, 2:00-4:00 PM: Zine-Making Workshop, Library Room 201C
In cooperation with the Gender Studies Program

This is a free open house workshop.   Magazines, paper, glue, binding materials, and pens are provided. Feel free to bring anything else you’d like to add to your zine. Snacks provided.