Joyce Lynn Sills


Joyce Sills, of Washington, died on Nov. 15.

She was the first woman to hold tenured professorship in Rutgers University Art Department. She graduated from Smith College majoring in fine arts, and studied under Leonard Baskin. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in art history.

Joyce was born and raised in Washington, lived and did her art in New York’s Soho district and retired to Delray
Beach, Fla. She exhibited her work in one-person shows in the Amos Eno cooperative Gallery, using many media: oil, ink, lithograph, wood cut, colored pencil drawings and others. 

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Sills Gelman (Mel), niece, Sheara Krvaric (Silvio), two grand-nephews and a grand-niece. Her marriage to Ezra Shahn ended in divorce after 14 years.

Donations may be directed to the Chronic Fatigue Research Foundation, or the Humane Society.

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