Published in New York Times on Nov. 24, 2019.
Joyce Lynn Sills Shahn
SILLS--Joyce Lynn, (79). On Friday, November 15, 2019
Joyce Sills passed away.
She was the first woman to hold tenured professorship in
Rutgers University Art Department. She had graduated
Smith College majoring in fine arts, and studied under
Leonard Baskin, and she earned a masters at the University
of Pennsylvania in Art History.
Joyce was born and raised in North West Washington, DC, and graduated from Wilson High
(1957) lived and did her art in New York's Soho district, and retired to Delray Beach, Florida.
She exhibited her work in one person shows in the Amos Eno Co-op 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
grandnephews and a grandniece.
Her marriage to Ezra Shahn ended in divorce after 14 years.
Joyce was a great lover of animals and rescued many cats in New York and Florida. She
enjoyed studying Torah with a small group in her Rainberry Bay community in her last years,
and continued to create art work on the computer.
Donations in her memory may be directed to the Chronic Fatigue Research Foundation, or the