Jo Williams

 

E-mail: texjo@msn.com

Phone: 940.453.0817

photo credit: Johnny Williams

Biography 

 

 

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 judges 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. 

 

Jo’s husband Johnny is retired and is very active working with the community theatre as an actor, director, and set builder. He also sings with two local choirs. She has one daughter and one granddaughter who also live in Denton.

Teaching
  • Teaches classes at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, Denton

  • Conducts plein air workshops at various locales throughout the southwest

  • Juries local and regional art exhibitions

  • Demonstrates for area art organizations

2010 - present

2010 - present

Artist Statement

Painting is the language I employ to express the intensity of my internal relationship to the natural world.

 

As a child growing up in the woods and prairies of North Texas, where I continue to live, I spent hours roaming the woods and meadows near my home.  The images of big skies, trees, roots, rocks, creeks, leaves, and acorns are all strongly embedded in my psyche. I paint all these subjects as well as all things natural. Even my abstracts are based on natural forms.

 

I choose to paint in watercolor, because it challenges me more than other media. All of my work involves the use of spontaneous and reactive brushwork and becomes a vehicle for expressing my inner response to color and texture in my environment. These are the constant and unifying elements of all of my work. 

 

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JO WILLIAMS, ACA, SWS, SWA

 

JURIED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

2017        Society of Watercolor Artists 2017 Juried Membership Exhibition, Juror: Sarah Graham Harman

2017        Visual Arts Society of Texas 11th Annual 125 Mile Exhibition, Denton, TX, Juror Linda Ridgeway  

2016        Southwestern Watercolor Society Members Exhibition, Richardson, TX

2016        Visual Arts Society of Texas 27th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Juror Colby Parsons

2016        19th Annual Rio Brazos Art Exhibition, Granbury, TX, Rio Brazos Founders Award

2016        Society of Watercolor 2016 International Juried Art Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX, Juror Frank Eber

2015        Southwestern Watercolor Society Members Exhibition

2015        Society of Watercolor Artists International Juried Watermedia Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX

2015        VAST 26th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Juror Mark S. Smith

2015        Visual Arts Society of Texas 9th Annual 125-Mile Exhibition, Juror James Thurman, First Place Watermedia

2014        Southwestern Watercolor Society Members Exhibition

2014        Society of Watercolor Artists Membership Juried Art Exhibition, Juror: Benito Huerta

2014        51st Annual Membership Exhibition, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Dallas, TX, Juror: Fealing Lin

2014        Visual Arts Society of Texas 25th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Denton, TX; Award; Juror Marilyn Ivy

2013        Visual Arts Society of Texas 24th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Denton, TX; Juror: Michelle Hays; Award

2013        50th Annual Exhibition 2013, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Plano, TX

2013        Society of Watercolor Artists 2013 International Juried Art Exhibit, Fort Worth, TX

2012        Society of Watercolor Artists Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX

2012        ViAST 24th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Denton, TX

2012        Merging Visions A Collaborative Exhibit of Art and Poetry, Denton, TX

2012        Society of Watercolor Artists 31st International Juried Art Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX; Juror: Robert Burridge

2011        Society of Watercolor Artists Annual 2011/2012 Juried Art Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX, Juror Jane Jones, Signature Status

2011        Southwestern Watercolor Society Members Exhibition, Plano, TX

2011        VAST 23rd Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Denton, TX

2011        VAST 6th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition, Denton, TX

2011        Society of Watercolor Artists, Inc. 30th International Juried Art Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX; Juror: Ric Dentinger

2011        Merging Visions A Collaborative Exhibit of Art and Poetry, Denton, TX

2010        VAST 22nd Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Denton, TX

2009        VAST 21st Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Denton, TX/Award

2008        VAST 20th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Denton, TX

2007        VAST 19th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Denton, TX/Award

2006        VAST 1st Annual 125-Mile Exhibition, Denton, TX/Award

2006        VAST 18th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Denton, TX

2005        VAST 17th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Denton, TX

2004        Fort Davis Sesquicentennial Juried Art Show, Davis, TX

2003:       35th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX/Award

2002:       34th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX /Award

2002:       17th Annual Texas & Neighbors Regional Exhibition, Irving, TX

2001:       33rd Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX

2000:       Southwestern Watercolor Society Thirty-seventh Annual Exhibition, Dallas, TX

                32nd Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX/ Award

1999:      Southwestern Watercolor Society Thirty-sixth Annual Exhibition, Dallas, TX

1998:      30th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX / Award

                North Texas Area Art League Membership Exhibit, Denton, TX/ Award

1997:      29th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX

1996:      28th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX/ Award

1995:       Montana Watercolor Society’s 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Great Falls, MT

                27th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX/ Award

1994:       Southwestern Watercolor Society Thirty-First Annual Exhibition, Dallas, TX

                26th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX

                Society of Watercolor Artists Thirteenth Annual National Juried Exhibition, Ft. Worth, TX/ SWA President’s Award

1993:       Breckenridge Fine Arts Center Art Competition, Breckenridge, TX

                Southwestern Watercolor Society Thirtieth Annual Exhibition, Dallas, TX

                Watercolor Society 17th International Exhibition, Houston, TX/ Award

                Southwestern Watercolor Society Signature Exhibition, Dallas, TX

                Aqueous ‘93 Sixteenth Annual National Exhibition, Frankfort, KY

                Pastel Society of the Southwest 13th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, Irving, TX

                25th Annual Juried Fine Arts Award Exhibit, Denton, TX/ Award

1992:       Southwestern Watercolor Society 29th Annual Exhibition, Dallas, TX/ Signature Status

                Watercolor Art Society Houston 16th International Exhibition, Houston, TX

                Richardson Civic Art Society, 26th Annual Regional Painting Show, Richardson, TX

                Rio Bravo Watercolorists Tri-State Aqua Media Exhibition, El Paso, TX

                West Texas Watercolor Society Signature I Charter Exhibition, Lubbock, TX

1991:       Aqueous 1991, Owensboro, KY

1990:       Aqueous 1990, Murray, KY/ Award

                Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, El Cahon, CA

                Artists and Craftsman Annual Awards Show, Dallas, TX/ First Place Award

                Texas/Neighbors Art Exhibition, Irving, TX

                2nd Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX

                Richardson Art Competition, Richardson, TX

1989:       Arlington Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Arlington, TX/ First Place Award

                Society of Watercolor Artists Eighth Annual National Juried Exhibition, Ft. Worth, TX/ Award

                21st Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX/ Award

                Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Lubbock, TX

1988:       Southwestern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX 

                Pastel Society of the Southwest 8th Annual Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX/ Awards (including People’s Choice)

                Trinity Arts Council Juried Exhibition, Bedford, TX

                20th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX/ Award

                Texas/Neighbors Art Competition, Irving, TX/ Best of Show Award

                Plano Juried Art Show, Plano, TX/ Award

1987:       Pastel Society of the Southwest 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX/ Award

                Trinity Arts Council Juried Exhibition, Bedford, TX/ Award

                Texas/Neighbors Art Competition, Irving, TX/ Award

                19th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX/ Award

                Artists and Craftsman Annual Award Show, Dallas, TX/ Signature Status

                Richardson Art Competition, Richardson, TX

1986:       Pastel Society of the Southwest 6th Annual Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX/ Award

                Trinity Arts Council Annual Juried Exhibition, Bedford, TX/ Award

                18th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX/ Award

                Artists and Craftsman Annual Awards Show, Dallas, TX

1985        Pastel Society of the Southwest 5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX/ Award

                North Texas Area Art League Artist of the Year, Denton, TX

                17th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX

                Artists and Craftsman Annual Award Show, Dallas, TX

1984:       16th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX

                Artists and Craftsman Annual Award Show, Dallas, TX

                Pastel Society of the Southwest Membership Exhibition, Dallas, TX

1983:       Pastel Society of the Southwest 4th Annual Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX

                15th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX

                Artists and Craftsman Annual Awards Exhibit, Dallas, TX

1982:       14th Annual Juried Fine Arts Awards Exhibit, Denton, TX/ Greater Denton Arts Council Purchase Award

 

ADJUDICATION

2018        Wimberly Art Society Exhibition

2017        Richardson Civic Art Society High School Competition

2015        2016 Congressional High School Art Contest

2015        2015 Congressional High School Art Contest

2012        University of North Texas Watercolor Program Exhibition

2011        University of North Texas Watercolor Program Exhibition

2011        Regional Private High School Competition, Liberty Christian School

2011        Farmers Branch Art Association Members Exhibition

2010        Gainesvile Visual Arts Association Members Exhibition

2009        The Colored Pencil Society of America, Fort Worth Chapter,

 

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

1997:       Toward Integrating Spaces:  A Personal Journey, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX

1991:       Scapes of Pattern, Culver-Stockton College, Canton, MO

1989:       Greater Denton Arts Council Welcomes Texas Instruments, Denton, TX

1987:       Saguaro Gallery, Denton, TX

1983:       Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

1982:       Image of Today’s Woman, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

            City of Denton Public Art Collection

            Below Corporation (Denton Record Chronicle, Denton, TX

            Ben E. Keith Corporation, Abilene, TX

            Raytheon

            Greater Denton Arts Council Permanent Collection, Denton, TX

           

SPECIAL HONORS

2003        CARA (Community Arts Recognition Award), Denton, TX

2008        Invitation to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas tree, which remains stored in the Smithsonian

2012        Selected to do cover art for Passion, Art, Community, Denton, Texas in Word and Image published by City of Denton.

 

WORKSHOP AND INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERIENCE

A Week in Brittany Watercolor Experience with Jo Williams, 2017

Plein Aire Workshop, Fredericksburg, Texas, 2017

A Week in Provence Watercolor Experience with Jo Williams, 2016

A Week in Provence: Watercolor Experience with Jo Williams, 2015

Gainesville Area Visual Art, 2012

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Workshop, 2012

Wichita Mountains Workshop, 2011

Lake Murray, OK Workshop, 2008

St. Francisville, LA Workshop, 2007

Hill Country Workshop, 2007

Painting Northern New Mexico, 2006

Caddo Lake Workshop, 2005

Oaxaca, Mexico, 2004

Taos, New Mexico Workshop, 2001

Caddo Lake Workshops, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2004

Community Education Program Instructor, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Fort Worth Woman’s Club Art Department, 1997-1998

Tyler Museum of Art, 1997

Taos Workshop, Shady Brook Conference Center, UNT, 1996

Hill Country Retreat, Fredericksburg, TX, 1996

Turner Falls Workshop, 1996

Santa Fe Summer Workshop, Santa Fe Community College, 1995

Art Teacher, Strickland Junior High School, Denton, TX (retired)

Demonstrations and lectures, area art organizations

Private instruction, Austin Street Studio and Gallery

Instructor, Highland Village Art Academy

Irving Art Association Workshop (Pastel)

Farmer’s Branch Art Association (Batik)

Mesquite Art Association Workshop (Batik)

               

EDUCATION

                B.S., Art Education, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

                Continuing Education Courses at Fort Worth Art Museum

                Post-graduate study with nationally recognized artists

                Post-graduate student at Louisiana Tech University

                Post-graduate study at the University of North Texas

 

MEMBERSHIPS

                Artists and Craftsman Association, Dallas, TX, Signature Membership (not current)

                Society of Watercolor Artists, Fort Worth, TX, Signature Membership

                Southwestern Watercolor Society, Dallas, TX, Signature Membership

                Visual Arts Society of Texas, Denton, TX

                The Art Guild, Denton, TX

                Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX

                Kingston’s National Registry of Who’s Who, Lifetime Member (189683--member number)

 

PUBLIC SERVICE

            Visual Arts Society of Texas: 1976 – present. President1982 – 1983, 2003 -2005, 2013 – present.

            Have also served as Vice President in charge of programs, and served several times as chairs of various exhibitions.    

            City of Denton Public Art Committee, 2006 – 2012, Chair

            Citizens Bond Committee for the first election that Public Art was included on the ballot. The 2% for art was included on     

            the ballot and passed, resulting in $400,000 for public art.

            The Arts Guild of Denton, 1980 – present; Art solicitation

            Greater Denton Arts Council, Exhibition and Education Committee

            Volunteer judge:

                                Local Own My Own Time exhibitions (two years)

                                Greater Denton Arts Council school wide Wildflower Art Competition

                                Numerous PTA sponsored art contests

                                Regional private high school exhibitions (two years)

                                26th District Congressional High School Art Competition (three years)

 

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