James Castle1899-1977

Foundation for Self-Taught Artists
Philadelphia, PA

$5,000 for the post production and distribution costs associated with a documentary film about the artist, organized by foundation director Molly Dougherty, estate manager Jacqueline Crist and edited by director Jeffrey Wolf. 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.