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Work
  • Artist2007 to presentHagerstown, Indiana
    www.TomButtersArt.com
  • Director, Art Teacher and Creator of Arts Place2007 to 2017Hagerstown, Indiana
    Became Hagerstown Museum "caretaker" in 2008. In 2009, created Hagerstown Arts Place gallery and art center, an adjunct of the museum, providing free art and music lessons including supplies and instruments to all ages. In 2017 my programs ended because of financial cutbacks.
  • Managing editorPella, Iowa
    Created an interactive online news service with a direct AP news feed, faxing to corporate subscribers in insurance, home building products
  • VP, Account SupervisorNew York, New York
    Supervised advertising/PR for Pirelli North America including dealer programs.
  • VP, Account Group SupervisorSt. Louis
    Managed projects for Anheuser-Busch brands including CanAm/Paul Newman racing and Busch Clash; Monsanto
  • Corporate Communications DirectorIndianapolis, Indiana
  • Corporate Communications DirectorIndianapolis, Indiana
  • Manager, Classified Ad PromotionIndianapolis, Indiana
    Long ago and far away, I worked for Indianapolis Newspapers Inc, in the PR department where I was responsible for classified ad promotion. And wrote book reviews. And occasionally created Indy 500 cartoons. And occasionally....
Education
About Tom
  • I've been an artist all my life though I really didn't begin painting until 2007, following a workshop with Ken Auster. After studying art at IU/Bloomington, I became a PR/Adman, working as a copywriter, account manager and marketing director in agencies in Indianapolis, New York and St. Louis. Later I was director of marketing communications for an IT company, then a major real estate developer. Wish I had more time in race cars, wish I'd started painting earlier, wish I'd discovered good scotch at a younger age. But I wouldn't have changed a thing if it had changed what Meredith, Billy and Molly became.
Favorite Quotes
  • "Keep painting. If it was easy anyone could do it." Me

    "Stand back every 20 minutes. You can't see what you're creating when you're too close." Me

    "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Lord Acton

    "Never again. And if again, not alone." Israeli saying.

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