Abstract Impressionist water and sky painting  from Betty Jo Costanzo, who immerses herself in coastal settings, taking in all of her senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. She records — via video and audio tape — crashing waves and light, which she later plays in her studio while she paints not only the appearance of water and sky, but the essence of her experience and time spent in the natural setting. Betty Jo Costanzo’s award-winning art has been described as “getting lost with a purpose” and “what a place would be like if you belonged there.” She says her influences range from John Cage to film director Alain Resnais, with the late and great Jay Defeo, her longtime mentor and friend, continuing to be the most significant. Her works are held in corporate, private and public collections around the world and her public exhibitions and residencies span four decades both regionally and internationally. 

EDUCATION

1987 MASTER OF FINE ARTS: Painting & Performance Mills College, Oakland, CA

1981 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS: Drawing California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA

1981 Certificate in Gallery Management California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

2018 Portals: Betty Jo Costanzo - Solo Exhibition Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA

2016 Betty Jo Costanzo - Water Reflections, a Solo Exhibition Centennial Center Gallery, Kent, WA

2016 SAM Gallery Presents: Betty Jo Costanzo Washington Convention Center, Seattle WA

2012 New Paintings from TimeSCAPES, Landscapes in Motion Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center, Seattle WA

2011/12 The Age of Unfaith, Fourteen Stations of the Cross Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center, Seattle WA

2010 Three x Three, the Divine Comedy: 3 x performance/installations PROJECT: Space Available, Seattle WA

2007 Angels & Guardians of the Estuary Rhythmix Cultural Works: K GALLERY, Alameda CA

2003 Step Drawing Marin Horizon School, Marin, CA

2001 Oval Tech Cal State Hayward, Hayward, CA

2000 Hoop Skirt California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2000 Divided and United Monagri Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art, Monagri, Cyprus

2000 Water Offerings for a Divided Country Fulbright Center, Buffer Zone, Nicosia, Cyprus

2000 Sand Drawings a butohdrawing performance Lithica Citadella, Menorca, Spain

2000 Fire, Water and Community HP Gallery, Northern Nicosia, Cyprus

1999 Jet-Pack Skirts a butohdrawing performance & fund-raiser Timken Lecture Hall, California College of Arts & Crafts, San Francisco, CA

1996 The Age of Unfaith, Fourteen Stations of the Cross SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994 Secrets Shared SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1992 My Father Was A Parker Pen Salesman Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

2018 Metamorphosis Andra Norris Gallery, Oakland CA

2018 Magnificent! Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland CA

2017 Beyond Landscapes Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland CA

2016 Reflections: Betty Jo Costanzo, Deborah Bell, Dan Hawkins SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016 Drizl Pop-Up Seattle Bemis Arts, Seattle, WA

2015 ButohPhoto, an interactive media performance Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland CA

2015 Kent Summer Exhibition Centennial Center Gallery, Kent, WA

2014 There is a There THERE Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA

2014 Flora and Form Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA

2013 The Big Painting Show: Layers of Abstraction by 8 Bay Area Artists Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA

2012-13 Three Painters at the ALEXIS Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA

2012-13 Topical Ointment, a video poem @ E4C E4C Electronic Gallery: Gallery 4 Culture, Seattle, WA

2012 Introductions SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012 The Love Show Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA

2010 Guest Artist: Write to Move Phinney Center Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

2008 Sketchy Autobody Fine Art, Alameda CA

2006 There is Nothing to See Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA

2005 Pentagon verses Hexagon C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery, Mt. Aukum, CA

2004 Inside/Outside; Pinned; Balance Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan,Co.Clare, Ireland

2003 Ticker Tape: a butohdrawing performance Paradise Wood Sculpturegrove, Santa Rosa, CA

2002 Clock Map Braziers Park, England

1999 Mostra 99, Sette Artisti Italo-Americano Museo ItaloAmericano, San Francisco, CA

1998 Masque Macabre Rene di Rosa Preserve, Sonoma, CA

1998 CCAC Alumni Exhibition: My Father was a ParkerPen Salesman San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1998 The Age of Unfaith: Fourteen Stations of the Cross Nika Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997 Action/Reaction, Impetus & Residue Dancers Group, San Francisco, CA

1997 Winter Landscape, solo performance 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997 Conjured California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA

1997 Visual Aid's Big Deal Somar Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996 CCAC: Past Present, & Future Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA

1995 Love, Loss, and Renewal: a video screening of Code Blue San Jose Community Center, San Jose, CA

1993 Code Blue Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

1993 Code Blue Opts Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1991 Berkeley Art Center Exhibition '91 Honorable Mention Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

1991 White Flag by Minoo Hamzavi Productions: Director MissionCulturalCenter, SanFrancisco, CA

1991 Livermore Art Association Exhibition Wente Winery, Livermore, CA

1990 Center for the Visual Arts Exhibition Center For The Visual Arts, Oakland, CA

1989 Calgene Competition Natsoulas/Novelozo Gallery, Davis, CA

1989 New Work-9 Bay Area Artists Kaiser Center Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

1988 The Game of Seven with composer S. Maxson Center for Contemporary Music, Oakland, CA

1987 Sister Perpetua's Lie with composer, Teresa Catford Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

1986 Children's Furniture & Toys by Artists, an invitational Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1984 Opening Exhibition Virginia Brier Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1984 California Works, Honorable Mention California State Fair, Sacramento, CA

1983 30th Annual Juried Competition Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

1982 11th Annual Juried Show Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR

1981 Award of Merit, CCAC Awards Exhibition Heller Gallery, Berkeley, CA

SELECTED PUBLIC and PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Di Rosa Collection Napa, CA

Monagri Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art Monagri, CYPRUS

Swedish Medical Center Foundation Seattle, WA

Drinker, Biddle and Reath, LLP Washington, D.C.

Calfo, Eakes & Ostrovsky PLLC Seattle, WA

Virginia M. Pedreira, partner at Stoel Rives, LLP Seattle, WA

Van Ness Feldman, LLP Seattle, WA

Pacific Union Residential Brokerage San Francisco, CA

Keytex Corporation San Francisco, CA

Ali and Richard Sale Limassol, CYPRUS

Xiao Zhou Pathumthani, Thailand

Theresa and Bob Pierno Annapolis, MD

Time and Julie Verharen Baimbrige Island, WA

Sheila Smith Seattle, WA

Christopher Pirie Mercer Island, WA

Mark & Carolyn Howley Woodenville, WA

Christiann Howard Coos Bay, OR

Catherine Pyke Larkspur, CA

Patricia Correia Los Angeles, CA

Katherine T. Carter St. Leo, FL

Leah Levy Oakland, CA

Susanne & Marcus Wefers Heidelberg, GERMANY

Helene Black & Yiannis F. Colakides Limassol, CYPRUS

Charles Koehler, PH.D. Murrieta, CA

Rebecca Schumacher San Francisco, CA

Katherine Martin San Francisco, CA

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Betty Jo Costanzo & Tom White, 2000 Monagri Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art, Monagri, Cyprus

 

SELECTED REVIEWS

Danila Rumold Big Painting Show: Layers of Abstraction... Contemplative Process Blog, March 23, 2013

Erica Olsen From Butoh to Boot Camp CCAC News, Fall/Winter 2002

Simon Grant Butodrawing London, June 2000

Glyn Hughes In the Hills and On The Line Cyprus Weekly, May 26-June 1 2000

ΕΚΤΕΛΕΗ ΚΑΙ ΕΚΘΕΣΗ Buto Drawing© ΠΛΗΡΟΦΟΡΙΕΣ, May 14 2000

ΕΛενα Παρπα Εικαοτικη Δημιουργιαμεσα απο την κινηση Atzenta, May 13 2000

Glyn Hughes A Line in the Air at Monagri Foundation Cyprus Weekly, May 5-11, 2000

M. Morales Mostra 99: Sette Artisti Italo-Americano San Francisco Fashion & Art News, June 1999

Debra Koppman 'Ritual Ancestry' at Nika Gallery Artweek, February 1998

Thom Sheeham Nosrat San Francisco Fashion & Art News, August 1993

Cathy Curtis Four Artist Showcased In Far From Ideal Gallery Oakland Tribune, August 1981

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

2010 La Grand Odalisque, acrylic on canvas 166”x97” Jennifer LaPierre Design, Sonoma, CA

2008/09 Tree Mural + Cloud Mural: two wall murals 43’ x 7.5’ each Current Dental, Bremerton, WA

2007 Water Lily Pond Mural: 2 exterior building murals C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery, Mt. Aukum, CA

1997 Leda & the Swan: 4-panel screen 80” x 72” Jennifer LaPierre Design, Sonoma, CA

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

2010 Two Month Artist Residency PROJECT: Space Available, Seattle, WA

2004 Professional Development Grant California College of the Arts, CA

2000 Invited Artist: Five Month Artist Residency Monagri Foundation Centre or Contemporary Art, Monagri, Cyprus

2000 Professional Development Grant California College of Arts and Crafts, CA

1999 Teaching Development Grant California College of Arts and Crafts, CA

1991 Honorable Mention, Berkeley Art Center Exhibition Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

1985-1987 Departmental Scholarships Mills College, Oakland, CA

1984 Honorable Mention: California Works California State Fair, Sacramento, CA

1981 Award of Merit, Awards Exhibition Heller Gallery, Berkeley, CA

1980/1981 Departmental Scholarship California College of Arts and Crafts, CA

1980/1981 Ford Foundation Scholarship California College of Arts and Crafts, CA

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