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 Helen Marie Stockton  (1889 - 1981)

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Lived/Active: New Jersey      Known for: landscape painting, illustration, art education, writing

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Helen Marie Stockton was born on 18 April 1889 in New Jersey, a daughter of John Potter and Lynda Thorndyke Low Stockton. John was a lawyer and son of a US Senator. John was a descendant of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Helen graduated
from Columbia University Teachers College with a Special Diploma in Fine Arts in 1908, and in 1912 with a Special Diploma in Education.

Several references have been found of her contributions of articles to various art and educational journals, the earliest in 1914. Helen was living with her mother and sisters in Westfield, New Jersey during the 1920 census. Her occupation was given as "Supervisor of Training, Westfield Schools". Her sister Margaret was occupied as "Supervisor of Domestic
School, Woodbridge, N.J.". Helen contributed several articles to Industrial Arts magazine in the 1920s. She was described as Supervisor of Fine and Industrial Arts at the State Normal School of Trenton, New Jersey in the credits. Helen was living with her widowed mother in 1930 in Westfield, New Jersey, employed as a school teacher. Her occupation is listed as “artist" in the 1938 Polk's Directory of Westfield, New Jersey. She contributed several articles to American Artist magazine in the 1950s. She also wrote several books, for instance one called Drawing and Picture Making. She also collaborated on several books intended for
children and students. Her younger sister, Janet, was also an artist who painted in oils, and was a member of the Westfield Art Association. Her sister, Edna Margaret, graduated from the Columbia Teachers College in 1908 with a BS degree in Teacher of Household Arts.
   
The December 1920 edition of the New Jersey Education Bulletin reported:

        To succeed Miss Taylor, Miss Helen M. Stockton has been
        appointed. Miss Stockton's special training was taken at the New
        York School of Fine and Applied Arts; at Teachers College,
        Columbia University; at New York University, and through
        extension work at Rutgers College. She has held the positions of
        supervisor of art at Morgantown, West Virginia; supervisor of
        art and hand work at Westfield for the past eight years, and
        director of fine and industrial arts at Rutgers College summer
        session for the last five years. Miss Stockton has also been
        engaged in various activities in the field of art outside the
        schoolroom, having served as director of a base hospital craft
        club, and president of the Art Teacher's Association, and the
        Manual Arts Association, of Union County.
       

(Note: “Miss Taylor” was instructor in the art department at the Trenton
State Normal School. The New York School of Fine and Applied Arts was
founded by William Merritt Chase and is now known as the Parsons
school.)

Stockton is mentioned several times for her work as an artist in the local Westfield newspaper. From The Westfield Leader, 8 December 1955:

        Helen Stockton's Landscapes Exhibited
       
       
        Several of the landscapes of Miss Helen M. Stockton of 117 North
        Euclid avenue, artist and author, will be among a display of her
        works this month sponsored by the Verona-West Essex Art
        Association in the Verona Public Library.
       
        The Westfield artist recently exhibited her paintings in the
        Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn. Several art centers in New
        Jersey and New York have presented her awards.
       
        Miss Stockton also has written and illustrated a number of
        children's books and has taught at several art schools in the
        state.
       
She was member of the Westfield Art Association. Several mentions of showings of her work have been found. One reference also describes her as an illustrator, and there is one mention of a children's book illustrated by Helen M. Stockton. She has not been located in any art reference book and she does not appear to be listed as an artist. She is mentioned and misidentified as Helen R. Stockton on artprice.com and askart.com. She was listed in the 1929 edition of Who's Who Among North American Authors, and Who Was Who Among North American Authors, 1921-1939.
   
Helen Stockton died in September 1981 in Westfield, New Jersey. She is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey.

Researched, written and submitted by Kevin Daniel, University of Illinois graduate student of Library and Information Science with a focus on art Cataloging.


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