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. The late and great Jay Defeo, her longtime mentor and friend, continues to be the most significant influence.


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. She’s lived in São Paulo, Brazil and on both coasts of the United States. The former associate professor at California College of the Arts has also worked and taught around the world, including England, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Cyprus. She now maintains a full-time studio practice based in Seattle, Washington.


Her latest LIVING OCEANS series is a call to action for all who love the beauty of our planet Earth. These oil paintings, often quite large, have been in process since mid 2018 and she is now working from the video footage of the Humpback Whales she filmed in the waters off Maui. This October she will be swimming with and filming these gentle giants in Tonga.



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


Selected Exhibitions

2020 Betty Jo Costanzo - Solo Exhibition Ryan James Fine Arts-Belltown, Seattle, WA

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

Public 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

Theresa and Bob Pierno Annapolis, MD

Loraine and Joe Kelly Matawan, NJ

Tim and Julie Verharen Baimbridge 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