A native Texan, Jo Williams has been painting professionally for over thirty years. She is a versatile painter choosing her subjects from the natural world. Much of her work is inspired by her travels primarily throughout the southwestern United Sates.
Williams has lived in Denton, TX for forty years where she is very active in the arts community recently having completed six years’ service as chair of the City Commission for Public Arts. She has a degree in art education from the University of North Texas and has been teaching privately for about thirty years including community education classes for the University of North Texas. A popular teacher, she conducts workshops throughout the southwest including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Mexico. In the summer of 2000, she taught in the Colorado Plateau Painting Workshop at Flagstaff, AZ. In addition to teaching, she gives demonstrations for area art organizations and judge’s regional art exhibits. Currently she teaches classes at the Center for the Visual Arts in Denton.
Williams holds signature memberships in Southwestern Watercolor Society since 1991 and the Society of Watercolor Artists. She is also a member of the Kingston National Registry of Who’s Who. Her work has been exhibited in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions. She has won a number of awards including Best of Show in the Texas Neighbors Art Competition in Irving and the North Texas Area Art League Annual Juried Exhibition (now VAST) in Denton. Williams and her husband Johnny won the prestigious Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA) in Denton in 2003.
In 2008, Williams was invited to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas tree to represent the 26th Congressional District. Williams attended a reception at the White House for all the artists. The ornament remains stored in the Smithsonian.
She has had several solo exhibitions including an invitational exhibit at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and an invitational exhibit at the Center for Visual Arts in Denton. Her work is included in many private collections and public collections including Raytheon, Ben E. Keith Co., Denton Publishing Company, City of Denton, and the Greater Denton Arts Council.