■ Dr Olive Johnston (Australia) ■ Akira Mochizuki (Japan) ■ Kyoko Watanabe (Japan)
■ Sister Maria (Italy) Elizabeth Taylor (United Satats) Katherine Quinn (United Satats)
■ Silvia Accorrà (Italy) Jo Sickbert ( United Satats ) Takeshi Yorou (Japan)

Jo Sickbert

A very nice woman who loves children very much
And she strongly supported this art gallery initiative for children
all over the world.

Jo won a music scholarship to Wichita State University, but after a year, transferred to the University of Kansas to study art.  
There she met Wally Sickbert, and they were married after his service with the United States Marines in 1951. 
Jo did technical illustrations for Beechcraft Inc. in the early 1950s.  
She and Wally had two children.  They lived in Paola, Kansas when Jo began painting in the late 1950s.  

The family moved to the Chicago area in 1967, where Jo developed her highly detailed primitive style, focused on depicting Victorian America. 
Some called her style “sophisticated primitive”. 
Her work was widely shown in the 1970s, including multiple private shows at Jack O’Grady Galleries in Chicago, IL and Scottsdale, AZ, and Johnson-Welch Galleries in Kansas City, MO. 

She also had private shows in galleries in Tokyo, Japan, Estes Park, CO, Overland Park, KS, Lincoln, NE, and Council Bluff, IA. 
A Jo Sickbert painting was included in the Chicago Tribune Bicentennial Art exhibition.  Jo did commercial art for Suntory Wine, Johnson Wax, and Campbell Soup.  
She did Christmas cards for Caspari, and for banks and several charities. 
Jo’s art was featured on covers for several children books and magazines, including the cover of the August 1973 Saturday Evening Post. 

Jo was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and artist who loved drawing, painting, writing, books, and creativity. 
She enjoyed going on excellent adventures with her family, and saw the best in everyone and the wonder in every work of nature.

- How lovely Jo's world -

In promoting this World Children's Art Gallery volunteer project, we collaborated with a Kansas friend, who was participating with great passion.
Her name was Ms. Jo Sickbert.

She loved children very much, and since she was young she has been representing them in her art work.
Jo also dreamed of a peaceful world, one of the aims of World Children's Art Gallery.

Unfortunately, just before the inauguration of the gallery, Jo fell ill and suddenly passed away.
Her spirit as a mother who loved children worldwide has been deeply felt.

Jo's strong love for the happiness of future children, is also the wish of all mothers around the world.

"Kids World Art Gallery
All the core members of the establishment committee