Carl Benton Compton Collection

About Carl Benton Compton

Carl Benton Compton (1905-1981) was a painter, sculptor, ceramist, and lithographer who specialized in surrealist and regionalist art styles throughout the Southwest. Born in Estherville, Iowa in 1905, Compton devoted a great deal of his life to studying art in several universities and under artists such as Emil Antoine Bourdelle and Boris Israelevich Anisfeld. After graduating from Notre Dame in 1929, Compton traveled through Europe, studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and the Academie Colarossi in Paris. In 1944, Carl Compton and his wife, artist Mildred Compton, relocated to Denton, Texas, where he served as a professor and Director of the Institute for Inter-American Studies at North Texas State Teachers College (now the University of North Texas) for twenty-five years. He also served as editor to "The Texas Art Teacher" publication, and was a member of the Texas Sculptors Group and the Texas Archaeological Society where he even led an archaeological expedition at Lake Lewisville.

About the Collection

This collection contains the personal and professional correspondence of artist Carl Benton Compton. Included are journal entries, articles by and about the artist, and radio scripts and notes about his travels in Europe in the late 1920s. Learn more in our finding aid.



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