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Resume for J R Compton

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Employment History Artist's Statement
Education Exhibitions
Current Projects Published Photos
Logo Designs Exhibitions Produced
Press Mentions Community Service

Recent Highlights

In an odd twist of fate, I had an art review of George W. Bush's The Art of Leadership Portraits at the Bush Library in Dallas through June 3, 2014 published in National Review and, 24 hours later, in DallasArtsRevue.

Current Projects

Editor & Publisher of DallasArtsRevue.com, whose purpose is "to celebrate and promote Dallas visual art and artists." DARts now has more than 500 web pages of information for and about Dallas artists, including artists' opportunities, art news, views, reviews and links - organizing, writing news, calendar info, critiques and feature stories, design, photograph and Webmaster local visual arts E-zine

Photodocumenting birds and their behaviors in The Amateur Birder's Journal of and about birds in the inner-city White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas.

Freelance Photographer for a variety of clients since 1972, digital all this century.


Employment History

Tibetan Drum
Tibetan Drum for Joel Cooners Gallery

Digital Photographer and Webguy for Joel Cooners Gallery, a gallery of tribal antiquities from around the world, 1999 - 2012

Web Developer and photographer for The Dahlia Woods Gallery, 2005 - 2007

Web Developer for Jacques Lamy Gallery, 2005

Web Developer for AnnHuey.com, 2004 - 2007

Designer and producer for psychotherapist, actor, poet and swimmer Jim Dolan's LotusEaters.org web site, various other publications, 1999 - 2012

Web Developer for The Texas Sculpture Association, while they reorganized 2003 - 2004

Web Developer for Art House on Routh, February and March, 2003.

Web Developer for the Creative Arts Center, September 2002 - October 2003. They'd hired nonprofit management consultants, who said my website for them was the best publicity they had.

Web Developer for Dallas' The Dance Council site, spring 2001 - April 2003.

Macintosh Computer Tutor — teaching clients, many of whom are artists, to use their Macintosh computers, Photoshop and other software, and troubleshooting hardware and software problems. 1986 to 2003.

J R Compton Type + Design - writing, editing, designing and typesetting newsletters, brochures, flyers, invitations, etc. fourteen years' Macintosh experience — using Photoshop and PageMaker software. 1989 to 2010.

Freelance Typesetter/Desktop Publisher for clients including: Lyric Studios (Wishbone and Barney), D Magazine, MarketPlace Publications, The Austin Sun, The Dallas Observer, National Chemsearch, Price-Waterhouse, The Dallas Opera; MacTemps, The Art Squad and ProStaff agencies.

In the 70s and 80s I used CompuGraphic typesetters and IBM Selectric Electronic Composers. Since then I've used only Macintoshes. 1972 - present

Designer / Ad-Builder, writer and editor for Gordon Publications, designing Yellow Pages ads, information and filler pages for telephone books in Plano, Frisco, Collin County and Lake Ray Hubbard 1994 - 1996

Instructor of Desktop Publishing at Richland College, teaching honors credit courses on Macintosh. The class published Parallax, the college literary and art journal, 1992 - 95

Instructor of Communications Design at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, Fall 1994

Typesetter / Production Assistant for Neil Tarasoff Advertising, teaching Mr. Tarasoff The Macintosh Way, and I typeset, designed and laid out editorial matter and ads for Neil Sperry's Yard & Garden tabloid in the Dallas Morning News 1991- 1996

Art Critic for Atlanta's Art Papers, 1988 - 89; Dallas Editor for Houston's ArtScene Magazine and Dallas Art Critic for Chicago's New Arts Examiner, 1986 - 1989


Instructor of Photography at El Centro College, Dallas. 1980 - 1981

Typesetter, Photographer, Writer, Art Director, Arts Editor and, eventually, Co-Publisher of Dallas Jazz News, which became Texas Jazz, 1977 - 1979

Publisher / Designer of armadilla, an independent, soft-back book all about armadillos, 1974

Production Worker for Texas' first underground newspaper, The Austin Rag, 1975

Production Assistant, writer, arts editor, typesetter and photographer for Austin's largest alternative newspaper, The Austin Sun, 1975 - 1976

Catalog Designer and Photographer for El Centro College, 1974 - 1978

Night Watchman at a Massage Parlor for the Imperial House of Massage in Irving, Texas, 1973

Editor / Publisher of Dallas NOTES and later HOOKA (The Humanitarian Order of Kosmic Awareness) underground newspapers in Dallas, Texas 1971 - 1974

Staff Photographer for The Dallas Times Herald 1969 - 1971

Automatic Processing Machine Operator and Photographic Instructor at Forbes Air Base near Topeka, Kansas, and Secret Film Courier in Vietnam for the US Air Force. 1966 - 1968

Journalist/Photographer for The Edinburg Daily Review, Edinburg, Texas 1966

Milkman for Metzger's Dairy, 1966

Beer-pourer for Shakey's Pizza, 1966

Photojournalist and Production Assistant for The Texas Catholic, 1965

Editor of the University of Dallas Shield, student magazine and Public Relations and Yearbook Photographer for the University of Dallas, 1963 - 1966


Community Service

Publisher of DallasArt Revue.com, April 2000 to present

Designer / Editor for The Writer's Garret — I completely redesigned and updated The Writer's Garret website and added a literary magazine called TWiG (putting the internet in The Writer's Garret). 1999 to 2000

Webmaster for WordSpace the Dallas poetry, writers and songwriters group, 1999

Webmaster of Fontaholics Anonymous, which, when I finally retired it in 2000, included more than eleven hundred, often-updated links to font and font-related sites on the Web. I stopped FA when it achieved 200,000 hits, so I could devote full-time to Dallas Arts Revue.

Webmaster for EGAD (Electronic Graphic Artists of Dallas, a Macintosh users group)'s Web site — coordinating and updating a suite of Macintosh-related pages 1995 - early 1998


Member of the Board of Directors for EGAD November 1996 – 1997

Editor / Publisher of Dallas Arts Revue, a subscription-only, desktop-published magazine of visual and experimental art news, views, reviews and interviews. June 1979 – 1995

EGAD Disk of the Month (DOM) Guy - producing floppy disks of Shareware files, fonts, information, applications and utilities. I also wrote simplified instructions explaining use of included software. 1992 – 95.

Founding Board-member, Board Secretary, PR Director, Designer and Newsletter board member for DARE (Dallas Artists Research & Exhibitions) nonprofit artists organization that unfortunately metamorphed into The McKinney Avenue Contemporary - planning and helping create an artists' space. Designed, wrote and produced organizational brochure and other publications and designed editions of their newsletter. I also wrote and distributed press releases and other publicity and designed logos. 1989 – 92


Board Member for Allen Street Gallery nonprofit photo gallery, 1988 – 1990. I was Art Director and Assistant Editor of the quarterly ContactSheet newsletter, 1986 through 1991. Vice President, 1989. As Program Committee Chair 1988 - 1989, I developed procedures for and produced events and exhibitions. 1988 – 1990

PageMaker Phone Help Desk Volunteer for The MacPack users Group. I answered questions and solved problems with PageMaker, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Word and Macintosh system software and hardware. 1988 – 1991

Contributing Producer for Art Stuff weekly Arts variety show on Public Access Cable TV channel 25, 1989 – 1990

Director of Publicity for the Allen Street Gallery Benefit Auction October 22, 1989 at the Plaza of the Americas. Prepared pre-event documents and wrote and distributed all press releases and other materials to the media. The event grossed $22,000.

Director of Publicity for The John F. Kennedy Performance Benefit at the Texas Theater, Nov. 22, 1988. Wrote PR, designed and typeset the program and ads. The event included an art show and performances by local artists.

Designer/Typesetter for Amnesty International brochures, playbills, catalogs, T-shirts and newsletters, 1987 –- 1988

Associate Producer for ARTS EYE weekly arts show on Cable Access TV, later on KERA-TV Channel 13. 1984 – 1986

Producer of Dallas Arts Kazoo, a twice-weekly, five-minute radio show of "Visual and Experimental Arts News, Views & Reviews" on KNON, 90.9 FM Dallas. 1984 – 1985

Typesetter for KNON and designer of the logo still used by the nonprofit, community FM radio station. 1984



B.A. English Literature from the University of Dallas, 1966

Photojournalism studies at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, 1967

95th percentile, U.S. Air Force Photography and Journalism Proficiency, 1966 – 1968

Art studies at El Centro College, 1971 – 1973

Completed work toward an A.A. in Graphic Arts at Eastfield College, Dallas, 1973 – 1974

Work toward M.A. in Photography at East Texas State University, 1974 – 1976

Multimedia studies — credit classes in Photoshop and Premier Video Editing at Richland College, 1996 – 1998

Classes in Dreamweaver web page development software at El Centro College, 2003


Press Mentions

J R Walking Over Bridge - Photograph Copyright 2011 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Good Enough Reason to Lose 30 pounds

A photograph of me crossing a foot bridge at the new Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center appeared on a Metro section story on page 4 in The Dallas Morning News on September 11, 2011.

I was voted co-winner of The Dallas Observer's 2009 Best of Dallas Awards' "Best Bird Nerd," in which they cited my Amateur Birders Journal: "For local nature buffs who don't make it out to the lake each day, J R Compton's Amateur Birder's Journal is the next best thing, filled with daily photos of myriad birds at White Rock Lake and their strange, wonderful behavior. From ducks to purple martins to hawks and even the occasional coyote, Compton covers it all—when he's not attending to his duties as editor and publisher of DallasArtsRevue.com, that is." See story.

There used to be an interview with me as Editor/Publisher of DallasArtsRevue.com by Sonia Semone on the Dallas Fine Art Examiner.

My photograph of "the pop-up feathers observed on the upper-side wing during the landing of an egret" was published in Passive separation control using a self-adaptive hairy coating by Julien Favier, Antoine Dauptain, Davide Basso and Alessandro Bottaro, DICAT, Universita di Genova, Via Montallegro 1, 16145, Genova Italy, then being considered for publication in J. Fluid Mech in July 2008.

Gone too, is His Own Flight Plan, a feature story by Steve Blow in the Dallas Morning News, about my blog, The Amateur Birder's Journal with four of my photographs of birds, and briefly, DallasArtsRevue, Thursday July 12, 2007. Maybe I will find a copy of it and post it here.

Quoted in the first and misquoted in the last paragraphs of the magazine article about White Rock Lake, The State of Lakes by John Osdick in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine July 2007 (There were 40 or 50 herons — mostly Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons, not Green Herons. That many Green Herons there would have been a miracle).

D-Magazine named me Dallas' Best Local Arts Promoter in their August, 2004, Best of Big D issue.

Radio interview by Quin Mathews on Art Matters, WRR-FM's show, Sunday April 19, 2002, repeated Thursday evening, April 23.

Dallas Arts Revue having online rebirth, a story about me and DallasArtsRevue was in Tom Sime's Arts Out There column in The Dallas Morning News, Thursday July 27, 2000

There was a photograph of me moo-ing at a showing of Roger Winter's cow art on the inside-back facing-page of the November 1992 edition of D-Magazine. Tom Landry and Trammell Crow are playing monopoly in an adjacent photograph, also by Andy Hanson.

Brief appearance in the seminal Texas art film, Jackalope. The camera follows me from one room to another in a San Antonio art museum circa 1978. Although that scene and others have been edited out of the version KERA-TV Channel 13 sometimes uses a a time-filler in 2011.


My latest email address is always on the Contact page.