Born in Lewisburg, Tennessee, Jo Saylors began painting and sculpting at an early age, winning a national art contest at the age of twelve. She attended Watkins Art Institute, and studied with the well-known sculptor Jo Davidson, who is probably best known for his sculpture of Will Rogers in Washington D.C. Today, her ability to bring life and feeling to sculpture is internationally recognized.
Saylors’ sculpture ranges from miniature to monumental. Her outdoor sculpture is to be found in many public places including libraries, hospitals, financial institutions and museums throughout America. She was commissioned to create a monumental sculpture commemoration the Centennial Celebration of Ponca City, Oklahoma, while her figural group Summertime was unveiled in the Dallas Sculpture Garden in Texas and her fourteen foot tall Lady of Justice was installed at the Oklahoma Bar Foundation in Oklahoma City.
Saylors’ subject matter ranges from wildlife and western to historical figures, but it is her children that receive greater recognition. “Since childhood when I dug clay from a creek bank to form figures to dry in the sun, I have been intrigued with form. The act of taking a lump of clay and shaping it into something that will express emotions and elicit a response from observers holds a continuing fascination for me. The intensity with which a child concentrates on something, is what I want to express.”
Saylors has exhibited for the National Audubon Society and the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute. Her outdoor sculpture can be found in libraries, hospitals, financial institutions and museums throughout America and eight foreign countries. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, as well as the World’s Who’s Who of Women in Cambridge, England. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Southwest Art, Southwest Profiles and the Santa Fean.
Reference: AskArt.com, artist publication