Carl Benton Compton

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Carl Benton Compton

CARL BENTON COMPTON

(American, 1905‒1981)

 

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

·      1905 Born in Estherville, Iowa

·      1929 Bachelor of Arts, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana 

·      1929 Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris

·      1935 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago

·      193536 Graduate Study, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana

·      193643 Professor, Department of Art, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas

·      194344 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

·      194469 Professor, North Texas State Teachers College, Denton

·      1969 Retired, North Texas State University, Denton

·      1981 Died in Denton County, Texas

 

Selected Prizes, Awards

·      Northwest Printmakers Society: Purchase Prize 1940 (Stockyards Fire, lithograph)

·      Fourth Annual Print Exhibition: Cash Prize 1944 

·      First Southwestern Print Exhibition: Cash Prize 1948

 

Selected Exhibitions

·      1934 Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois (Flowers)

·      1935 Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois (Sunday Afternoon)

·      1936 Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

·      1937 Group Show (with Hogue, Bywaters), Mary Hardin Baylor College, Belton, Texas (wood sculpture)

·      1937 Solo, Mary Hardin Baylor College, Belton, Texas (drawings, lithographs, paintings, sculpture, and tempera)

·      1937 Third Annual Artists Street Show, sponsored by Midland Academy of Art, South Bend, Indiana

·      1937 Solo, Elizabet Ney Museum, Austin, Texas (paintings, native Texas wood sculpture)

·      1938 National Exhibit of American Art, Rockefeller Center, New York, New York

·      1938 44th Annual Exhibition, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado (JuJu, woodcarving)

·      1938 2nd Annual Exhibition of Works by Artists of Southeast Texas, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·      1938 Villita Street Galleries, San Antonio, Texas (3 wood sculptures)

·      1939 Art Gallery, Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs, Austin, Texas

·      1940 Second Annual Exhibition of Lithographs, Oklahoma WPA Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Evacuation: Home Town)

·      1940 Northwest Printmakers Society, Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle Washington (purchase prize, Stockyards Fire, lithograph, added to Museum’s collection)

·      1940 Texas Fine Arts Association Circuit Exhibition, multiple venues in Texas including Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas

·      1941 2nd Texas-Oklahoma General Exhibition, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Philbrook Art Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Tree in Pasture, casein)

·      1941 Two-person exhibit (with Mildred Compton), Southwest Texas State Teachers College, San Marcus, Texas 

·      1941 All-Texas Exhibition of the Texas Fine Arts Association, circulated: Austin Public Library; Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin; and Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Gallery, Austin, Texas (Earth Tales selected for statewide circuit exhibition)

·      1941 All-Texas Sculpture Exhibit, Round House Gallery of Art, North Texas Agricultural College, Arlington, Texas (Mother and Child, mesquite wood carving; Young Woman, walnut wood carving)

·      1941 Annual Southern Art Exhibition, Blue Ridge, North Carolina

·      1941 Solo, Southwest Texas State Teachers College, San Marcus, Texas

·      1941 Group Exhibition (with 4 other artists), Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas (minute figure studies, watercolor)

·      1941 Solo, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas (30 watercolors done in Mexico)

·      1942 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

·      1943 Solo, Carl Benton Compton: Prints, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·      1943 Solo, Hollins College, Roanoke, Virginia (lithographs, gouaches)

·      1943 First Annual Exhibition by Texas Sculptors Group, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (Juju, Texas ebony woodcarving)

·      1944 6th Texas General Exhibition, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Witte Museum, San Antonio; University of Texas at Austin, Texas (Mother and Child, ceramic sculpture)

·      1944 Fourth Annual Texas Print Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (cash prize, Mine Eyes Have Seen, lithograph)

·      1944 Solo, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

·      1944 Solo, Delgado Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana (31 watercolors)

·      1945 7th Texas General Exhibition, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; University of Texas at Austin, Texas (And Long Remember, gouache; Invitation to Memory, gouache)

·      1945 Solo, Lawrence College, Appleton College, Wisconsin; traveling exhibition

·      1945 Fifth Annual Texas Print Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (San Francisco, lithograph)

·      1947 9th Texas General Exhibition 1947‒1948, circulated: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas (Blue Cow, gouache)

·      1947 Texas Small Sculpture Show presented by the Texas Sculptors Group, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Abilene Museum of Fine Arts, Abilene; Fort Worth Art Association, Public Library, Fort Worth; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (Mother and Child, wood)

·      1947 Solo, Scott Hall Galleries, Dallas, Texas (12 gouache and watercolor paintings, 10 lithographs, 2 oils)

·      1948 Watercolors by 16 Texas Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (The Great Violet Bird, watercolor)

·      1948 First Southwestern Print Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, circulated: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (cash prize, Evening Star, lithograph)

·      1948 10th Texas General Exhibition, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (The White-haired Beast, gouache)

·      1950 3rd Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (Parangaricutirimicuaro, lithograph)

·      1950 Group Exhibition (with TSCW and NTSC faculty), Creative Arts Club, Abilene, Texas

·      1950 12th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 19501951, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (The Egg and Eye, tempera)

·      1950 State Fair of Texas General Exhibition, Dallas, Texas (Animal Forms, tempera)

·      1951 Solo, Silvio’s, Denton, Texas

·      1956 Exhibition on the Emergence of the Human Figure, Renaissance Gallery, Austin, Texas

·      1965 Faculty Art Show, North Texas State University, Denton, Texas

·      1966 Group Exhibition (with NTSU faculty) Woman’s Forum, Wichita Falls, Texas

·      1966 Annual Faculty Art Exhibition, North Texas State University, Denton, Texas (carved wood sculpture of mother and children)

·      1998 Hock Shop Collection: Rediscovering Texas Artists of the Past, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas

·      1999 Lone Star Legacy: Rediscovering Texas Artists of the Past, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas (House Builders, 1940, oil/canvas; Untitled (Farm Work), 1938, egg tempera) catalogue

·      2011 Laying the Foundation: UNT Art Faculty from 1890‒1970, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

·      2014 Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas, traveled in 2015 to National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (catalogue) 

·      2015 The Comptons of Texas: Rediscovered Work by Carl Benton & Mildred Norris Compton, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas, circulated: UNT on the Square, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas (catalogue)

 

Selected Public Collections

·      Hollins College, Hollins, Virginia

·      Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

·      Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

·      State of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois

·      State of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

·      Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs, Austin, Texas

·      Texas Technical University, Lubbock, Texas

 

Selected Sources

Davis, D. Jack. “Material for Creative Painting: The Work of Carl Benton & Mildred Norris Compton” in The Comptons of Texas: Rediscovered Work by Carl Benton & Mildred Norris Compton. Exhibition catalogue. Houston: William Reaves Fine Art, 2015.

Powers, John and Deborah Powers. Texas Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists: A Biographical Dictionary of Artists in Texas before 1942. Austin: Woodmont, 2000.

 

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