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Colleen Fraser Skiff

Colleen Fraser Skiff, American art educator, art gallery director, recreational therapist. Certified art therapy Maywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Recipient Art in Public Spaces, New York Legislation, 2002, City and Culture Improvement, City of Troy, 2000, Artistin residence, Howard Bush foundation, 2001.


  • Skiff, Colleen Fraser was born on February 15, 1952 in Troy, New York, United States. Daughter of William Howard Skiff and Mary Lou Walsh.

  • Education

    • Bachelor fine arts, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1973. Master of Arts Art Education, University Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1975.


    • Elementary art specialist Montrose Area School District, Montrose, Pennsylvania, 1974—1987. Art therapist Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital, Syracuse, New York, 1987—1988. Parson art therapist Parsons Child & Family Center, Albany, 1988—1991.

      Gallery director Broadway Gallery Member Group, 1994—1997. Art teacher private school, Albany, Troy, 1994—2002. Gallery director Fulton St. Gallery, Troy, New York, since 1997.

      Art teacher Berne-Knou-Westerlo School District, Berne, since 2002. President Bethlehem Art Association, Delman, New York, 1989—1992, Women's Gallery Member Group, Albany, New York, 1994—2003. Co-coordinator Womens Caucas for Art, Albany, New York, 1994—2003.

    Major achievements

    • Certified art therapy Maywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania.


    • Editor: (catalog) Body Image, 1999, The Figure, 1998. Contributor articles to professional journal. Exhibitions include, since 1974.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Coordinator Troy Art Alliance, Troy, New York, since 1997. Advisory board City Arts Coalition, Scheneciady, 1998. Committee member Art on the Lark, Albany, since 1999.

    Member of New York State Teachers Association, American Art Therapy Association.



    Music, photography, antiques, dance, creating scupture gardens.


    • Married Erik Jon Kriss, June 22, 1986. Children: Emily Kriss, Tyler Kriss. Married Mark Erat Caterson, March 23, 1974 (divorced June 9, 1986).

      1 child Shauna Caterson.
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    Born February 15, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1973
      Wilkes University
    • 1975
      University Scranton
    • 1974 - 1987
      Elementary art specialist, Montrose Area School District
      Montrose, Colorado, United States
    • 1987 - 1988
      art therapist Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital
      Syracuse, New York, United States
    • 1988 - 1991
      parson art therapist Parsons Child & Family Center
      Albany, New York, United States
    • 1994 - 2002
      art teacher, private school
      Albany, New York, United States
    • 1994 - 1997
      gallery director, Broadway Gallery Member Group
    • 1997
      gallery director, Fulton St. Gallery
      Troy, Michigan, United States
    • 2002
      art teacher, Berne-Knou-Westerlo School District
      Berne, Indiana, United States
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