Late Ocean County artist’s print shop donated to Stockton

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Artist June Ann M. Sullivan, of Little Egg Harbor, died in 2021. Sullivan operated the Watermark Gallery in Tuckerton. Today, his legacy lives on at Stockton University, thanks to the donation of his printing press and other supplies by his family, the school said in a press release.

“I’m so thrilled to see it used here,” said husband Gene Sullivan. He, his daughter Dawn DeZan and her friend Diane Tomash toured the Hall of the Arts and Sciences building in Stockton with associate professor of art Mariana Smith, who teaches printmaking, according to the release.

With the new press, the printing capacity of student work is doubled, the school said. It will also accommodate larger coins and help students create engraving wallets, Stockton said.

Sullivan had asked several universities to donate the press, but Smith’s enthusiasm secured the donation to Stockton, the school said.

“She looked at him and her face lit up,” Sullivan said.

Professionals had to disassemble and reassemble the press in order to transport it to Stockton, but the press was in “perfect condition,” Smith said.

June’s Tuckerton Gallery was honored by the Ocean County Culture and Heritage Commission in 2018, receiving a Special Recognition Award for Advancement of the Arts.

“She did painting, engraving, origami,” her husband said. “It made her so happy, and she would be so happy to see it here in Stockton still in use.”

Stockton students are excited about the new press and the work they can do with it, the school said.

“It was the first time I had seen something like this,” Muslema Davis, a young visual arts and illustration student, said in the statement. The school said they were “thrilled” with their final project.

Tomash, a friend of June and fellow artist, said she would be happy to see students using the press, the school said.

“She would love to see her legacy continue,” Tomash said. “So many people will be blessed by this gift.”

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