James Castle1899-1977

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA

$10,000 toward James Castle: A Retrospective, an exhibition on the painter with accompanying catalogue and related public programs, organized by museum curator Ann Percy. Castle was a self-taught artist who was born deaf and lived his entire life with family in Idaho. Rejecting common art materials in favor of sharpened sticks, soot, saliva, and found paper, Castle created drawings and sculptural objects that served not only as a representation of his world but as a means to communicate his inner experience and perception.