Community Event

Attend the James Castle House: A Place Called Home Inaugural Symposium with ease with a room at the Modern.

Join collectors, scholars and curators worldwide for the first symposium centered around internationally recognized, Idaho artist, James Castle. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to understand James Castle’s work in the context of the distinctive rural places that were his home. Attendees get an inside look at the re-opening of the James Castle House with all its magic and mystery, as well as a preview of efforts to preserve Castle’s famous Shed studio and Cozy Cottage Trailer.

Symposium topics include curating and collecting Castle, how Castle’s work explains deafness and how deafness explains Castle’s work, next trends for artist house museums, and more. Experience the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the Springtime with walkable downtown Boise as your basecamp.  Follow along and contribute at #JamesCastleHouse.

Joining the symposium roster is keynote speaker Nicholas R. Bell, who notably curated the exhibition “Untitled: The Art of James Castle” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. Bell will explore Castle’s sense of place through his body of work and share his experience curating the second largest public collection of Castle’s works.

A full speaker list and symposium schedule can be found here.

General registration ends April 25, 2018.
Register online to reserve your spot!

Learn more about the James Castle House, opening to the public April 28, 2018.

To book a room and stay across the street from this event, click here!


James Castle House: A Place Called Home Inaugural Symposium is brought to you by:

City of Boise
Boise City Department of Arts & History
James Castle Collection and Archive

Boise State University
Boise Art Museum
MING Studios

Hyatt Place Boise/Downtown
The Modern Hotel & Bar
Linen Building 
(Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence)
The Egyptian Theatre 
(Hardy Foundation)