Tom Betthauser

Visual Artist / Software Engineer

Location:Sacramento, CA

About Me

I'm an educator, multimedia artist and software engineer currently working as a software engineering bootcamp instructor while maintaining my art practice as an ongoing resident artist at the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento California.

Before transitioning to my career as a software engineer I taught painting, life drawing, multimedia arts and art history at a number of colleges in Northern and Southern California for the better part of a decade. Prior to this I worked as a TA at the Yale School of Art where I received my MFA and at the San Francisco Art Institute where I received my BFA.

Creating online resources for visual artists is one of my greatest passions and it has become an integral part of my studio practice. Projects like the State of the Arts Survey (see below) have provided me invaluable opportunities to collaborate and grow as an artist, and I look forward to continue expanding and promoting these projects in the coming years.


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Studio Work Examples


Above are examples from my private studio practice over the last decade. They include oil paintings, concrete sculptures, multimedia installations that incorporate digital video and audio, large scale drawings, artist's books, images from exhibitions and more.

For more examples and information regarding recent work please see my instagram linked below. Also linked below are my archive for work made prior to 2019 and my CV for a complete record of my exhibitions, publications and curatorial experience.

Instagram     Archive     CV

Ongoing Arts Community Projects


2019 Arts Survey Data Webpage

A data visualization JavaScript project using the D3 library and Webpack to implement Object Oriented ES6 syntax. The results from an annual community-developed survey for visual artists.

Live Site     GitHub



2019 Arts Survey Database Explorer

A desktop application built in Python with TkInter and SQLite. Specifically to help artists, gallerists etc. explore the results from a census-style survey for visual artists and learn basic SQL. Check out the download link to use the tool!

Download Tool     GitHub



Arts Database Creator / Webscraper

A tool built with Python and Selenium for automating a search for all galleries, museums and art schools in a given city. Search attempts to find website, email and physical addresses.

GitHub



Arts Map Webpage Creator

A Python-based tool intended to provide a way for artists, galleries and arts institutions to make and host free fully interactive and mobile-friendly map websites to assist in promoting arts events like open studios.

Download Tool     GitHub

Work Experience


Adjunct Professor – Lecturer / Multimedia Arts Instruction / Gallery Director

College of Marin, West Valley College, Bakersfield College & Cerro Coso College

Spring 2013 to May 2020


  • Instructed students in building mobile-responsive JavaScript-heavy front-end websites in non-CS courses to showcase their portfolios.
  • Directed campus gallery organizing and managing 10+ employees and volunteers for installation of multimedia and digital artwork for 6 annual exhibitions and public visiting artist lectures regularly exceeding 150 attendants.


Exhibit Technician – Basic IT Maintenance / Digital Exhibit Installation & Fabrication

Exploratorium Museum & The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Spring 2006 to Fall 2016


  • Maintained operation of servers responsible for exhibits during nights and weekends in place of normal IT staff.
  • Took lead on teams of 3+ technicians during installation, repair and fabrication of 100+ interactive and digital exhibits.

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