Jo Willis Bedient

Profile Updated: July 27, 2022
Jo Willis
Jo Willis


Jo Willis


Jo Willis


Yes! Attending Reunion
Occupation: Artist
Spouse/Partner? To whom? When? How long? Perry Bedient, married 47 years this August
Children Bronwyn born 1977, Anna born 1982
Are you retired?

Doing what I love

Do you still have family in the Wichita area?


Do you have grand kids? Great grand kids?

Darcy born 2010, Gwen born 2010, Maisie born 2012, Finn born 2014

What have you been up to since you graduated?

Majored in art at Ft Hays State University, ceramics and painting. Moved to Ft Myers, FL in 1980. Spent the next 7 years or so raising our daughters and then set up my studio- have been a full time artist since. I have been an artist/owner with the Tower Gallery on Sanibel Island for 30 years now and have been a part of many galleries, museum shows, and invitational shows around the US. Art has been a huge part of my life and an interest that my husband shares with me.
We have 4 grandchildren that live within a mile of us, so we are very involved grandparents!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Perry and I visit Asheville, NC as often as we can. We love the art, music and mountains. Fortunately there is an airline that we can take a nonstop flight and be there in an hour and a half!

What is the biggest thing you would do differently if you went back to your time at West?

I moved to Wichita the summer before my jr year from a small town in Virginia where I knew everybody and everybody knew me. I never thought of myself as shy until I started West High, but I certainly did become that way! The school was about the population of my town. If I could do it over again, I would accept an invitation to go meet some people that I turned down that summer and I could have made friends, but I didn't. It turned out ok, just took a while :)

What did you always want to do that you haven't done yet?

Take a European river cruise

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