David Orr
Creative
Background in art, architecture, and technology in studio and corporate realms

How did I became interested in technology?

Through a mentor at the University of Texas summer science camp. His key lesson: how most discoveries arise just after the use of a new technology. I like discoveries.

What's my favorite technology and why?

Visualization tools that help in analysis of design problems and alternate solutions. In software development, the technologies that refine designs per constraints of specific devices.

How did I became interested in photography?

Through conversations with Don Phillips, pharmacist at Rexall Drug Store and seller of photographic equipment in my hometown, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Don reviewed my attempts to learn a single lens reflex camera one summer, while I kept taking shots climbing in and out of beech nut trees. That was in between my college terms on the East Coast. Now I am refocused on photography as a recent retiree. I've been taking photos for a long time.

What's my favorite art subject and why?

I like to document and interpret nature — from shots that capture the beauty and energy of plant and animal species, to those that portray the energy of forces in nature. I enjoy finding the story in a composition, whether told by a spring ephemeral, a monumental waterfall, or interesting shapes I happen to see. I enjoy arranging elements that I find in nature, recording the process that adds my own mark of order in a landscape.

How did I became interested in architecture and design?

Through hours and hours of play as a kid with a set of Skyline building blocks. I was doing Bauhaus cathedrals at the age of 8.

What's my favorite architectural subject and why?

Residences. Because we get to eat, sleep, and play in them. Because solving problems for residential clients is a joy.

Hobby Genealogy
Nature enthusiast. Adventure lover.
Observer, Thinker, Doer.
P.O. Box 127
Amity, Arkansas 71921
© 2020, David C. Orr
Updated August 23, 2020
The Easton art community challenge, May 7, 2020
Beto, born April 28, 2007, Bogota, Colombia, South America
Bull terrier
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Street photography, abstract, lost and found; Wolf Point Plaza, Chicago, USA
Art Résumé

Solo Exhibitions

2009
"Falling Water," Stone House Gallery and Pottery, Galena, Illinois
2008
"Falling Water," Galena City Hall, Galena, Illinois "Mountains & Mist," Clair E. Smith Art Gallery, Barrington High School Campus, Barrington, Illinois

Duo Exhibition

2009
"Riparia: Flow Art," Brother-Sister show; Henderson State University, Arkadelphlia, Arkansas; digital media, photography, and acrylics on canvas
Installation partial view
Press Release Henderson State University

Juried Group Exhibitions

2020
"Photo Shoot: 2020," Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon; September 1-20; Todd Johnson, juror; photography with digital post-production processes "The Still Life," Praxis Photo Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Ann Jastrab, juror; August-September; photography with digital post-production processes "Artosphere," Walton Art Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Rebecca Drolen, Assistant Professor of Photography, University of Arkansas, juror; May-June; photography of personally constructed land art "Open Theme," Praxis Photo Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Ann Jastrab, juror; April-May; photography of personally constructed land art
2018
"Found Objects," juried photography group exhibit, Praxis Photographic Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Laura Migliorino, juror; August-September, 2018; street art photography
2011
53rd Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; digital photographic media
2010
52nd Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; juror: Martha Tedeschi, head of Print Department, Art Institute of Chicago; digital photographic media
2007
"30th Harper College National Juried Art Exhibition: Small Works," Harper College, Palatine, Illinois Biennial Juried Art Show, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa; juror: Alan Aiches, Adjunct Curator, National Building Museum, Washington, DC; digital media. Regional Juried Art Show, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana; juror: T. L. Solien, Assoc. Professor of Painting, University of Wisconsin at Madison; juror's award of special merit; digital media. Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska; juror: Larry Bradshaw, Professor of Art, University of Nebraska at Omaha; digital media "Natural Wonders," Stone House Pottery and Gallery, Galena, Illinois "3rd Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition," 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; juror: Matthew Cherry, Dean of Fine Arts, English and Humanities at South Suburban College, South Holland, Illinois; digital media.
2006
Dangenart Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee; digital media
2005
Water Street Gallery, Kent, Ohio; digital media
2004
47th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; juror: Katherine Degn, Kraushaar Galleries, New York; acrylics on canvas, pastoral
2004
47th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; juror: Katherine Degn, Kraushaar Galleries, New York; acrylics on canvas, pastoral 47th Annual Art Show, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, North Carolina; juried exhibition; acrylics on canvas "Natural Wonders 2004," Old Market House, Galena, Illinois; acrylics on canvas
2003
"Expressions of a Lifetime," Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky; digital media. "Natural Wonders 2003," Old Market House, Galena, Illinois; digital media.
2003
"Natural Wonders," Ingersoll Nature Center, Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge, Thomson, Illinois; acrylics on canvas.

Publications

2020
"CitiScapes", Northwest Arkansas' longest running and most widely circulated monthly city/regional lifestyle magazine; July; Riparian Stick Serpent photography and land art.

Honors/Awards

2007
Juror's Award of Special Merit, Regional Art Show, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana

Licensing of Art Images

2006
Staatsballett Berlin for promotional material developed by Sign (agency) Berlin, Germany

Education

1979
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Master of Architecture
1974
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, B.A., Natural Science Area Major
Architecture Résumé

Employment

1989-2008
Corporate Architect, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and predecessor companies Bank One, First Chicago NBD, First Chicago, and 1st National Bank of Chicago; on-site consultant 1986 –1989, employee 1989 – 2008
1987-1988
Computer Drafting Applications Specialist, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Illinois
1986
Commercial Architectural Designer, Swanke Hayden Connell, Chicago, Illinois
1985
Commercial Architectural Designer, Metz, Train & Youngren, Chicago, Illinois
1981-1984
Residential Architectural Designer, Bruce Gregga Interiors, Chicago, Illinois
1979-1981
Commercial Architecture Intern, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Illinois
1979-1981
Restoration Intern, Westminster Company, St. Louis, Missouri
1978
Landscape Architecture Intern, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, St. Louis, Missouri

Teaching

1981-1984
Architect-in-Residence, Urban Gateways, Chicago, National Arts Council grants with field assignments in a diverse array of public elementary and secondary schools, Chicago metropolitan region
1980
Architect-in-Residence, Iowa and National Arts Council grants with field assignment in public elementary and secondary schools, Ottumwa, Iowa

Design Awards and Publications

1983
Gold Medal, Illinois-Indiana Masonry Council awards program, Mr. Lube oil change station prototype, Michigan City, Indiana "Mr. Lube," Chicago Tribune, June 5 "Mr. Lube," Inland Architecture, May

Architectural License

1987
State of Illinois

Education

1979
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Master of Architecture
1974
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, B.A., Natural Science Area Major
Tech Résumé

Self Employment: David Orr Design Studio, 1993-present
Creative studio blending experience in art, architecture, landscape design, and technology from both corporate and studio realms.

2019-present
Current project in residential design, landscape and land art design, art installations, and web media.
2017
Kauai Vacation Rental, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii
2015-2016
Hypercision, Oak Park, Illinois
2014
Meadowbrook Insurance, Southfield, Michigan Perfect Ambient Music, Chicago, Illinois
2011
Boston Media Group, Boston, Massachusetts Jones Lang Lasalle, San Francisco, California
2010
HPZS Architects, Chicago, Illinois

Corporate Web Design & Development, Consulting

2018-2019
American College Testing (ACT), Iowa City, Iowa
2017-2018
CVS Pharmacy, Northbrook, Illinois
2016-2017
Peapod/Ahold Delhaize, Chicago, Illinois
2016
Gogo Inflight Services, Chicago, Illinois
2014-2015
SurePayroll, Glenview, Illinois
2014
John Deere, Intelligent Solutions Group, Urbandale, Iowa
2010-2013
State Farm Insurance, Bloomington, Illinois
2010
American Society of Anesthesiologists, Mount Prospect, Illinois
2009-2010
Health Care Service Corp. (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois), Chicago, Illinois
2008-2009
Allstate Insurance, Northbrook, Illinois

Teaching

2001-2002
Curriculum Advisor, web project management certificate program, Graham School of Continuing Education, University of Chicago

Pro Bono Web Design & Development

1998-2013
Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation, Elizabeth, Illinois

Education

2001
University of Chicago, Graham School of Continuing Education, Chicago, Illinois, Web Project Management Professional Certificate
1991
DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, Continuing Education, Computer Programming
1979
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Master of Architecture
1974
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, B.A., Natural Science Area Major
1972
National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Participation Program, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
1969
National Science Foundation Research Participation Program for High Ability Secondary School Students, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Tiger Swallowtail, April 2020, Riparia USA
Wood Sorrel, April 2020, Riparia USA
Lost #52, Street Photography, December, 2018, Chicago USA
Two-Digit Taxi, Visual Acuity Exercise, October 2018, Chicago USA
River Walkers, February 2020, Caddo River, Arkansas
"Time," 60x60 digital print on flag cloth
Photography from Iguazu Falls, Argentina
2011 Delta Show, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
Riparian Stick Serpent, Right Cranial
Riparia, USA, land art installation, February 2020
Praxis Photographic Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 2020, Group Exhibition
Walton Art Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas, May 2020, Group Exhibition
Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, France
Big Bend National Park, Texas, February 2020
Zambesi River, Zambia, at the brink of Victoria Falls, 2006
Licensed to State Ballet of Berlin, Germany
Devil's Throat, Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina, 2008

August 23, 2020
When the Bottom Falls Out

July 27, 2020
Solitude

June 29, 2020
Faith

June 8, 2020
Social Unrest
Our spirit endures above a flood of emotion.

May 25, 2020
Unconditional Love.
We are part of it; it is part of us.

June 8, 2020
Living in wilderness beyond the border of any physical community, my creative process shows little effect from the quarantine. I just walk around my house until I find something curious to photograph. Today, I shot an elephant in my mask. How he got into my mask I'll never know.

Update July 2020
This image juried into "Still Life," a group exhibit, Praxis Photographic Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 20-September 20, 2020