Title: Art Educator, Artist, Art Therapist, Director Emeritus
Company: Berne-Knox-Westerlo Public School District
Location: Delmar, New York, United States
Colleen Fraser Skiff, Art Teacher at Berne-Knox-Westerlo School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art education and therapy.
A gifted artist by nature, Ms. Skiff has dedicated her more than 40-year career to art in various mediums. Specializing in watercolor, oils and ceramic sculpture since 1974, Ms. Skiff obtained a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts from Wilkes University in 1973 and a Master of Arts in art education from the University of Scranton in 1975. She commenced her professional career as an elementary art specialist with the Montrose Area School District in Pennsylvania in 1974, and after 13 years with the school, she transitioned to an art therapist role at the Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital for one year and at the Parsons Child and Family Center from 1988 to 1991. Ms. Skiff went on to serve as gallery director to the Broadway Gallery Member Group from 1994 to 1997, while also teaching at private schools in Albany and Troy, New York from 1994 to 2002. Since 2002, Ms. Skiff has served as an art teacher of all levels, kindergarten through 12th grade, with the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School District. She is currently a member of the New York State Teachers Association, American Art Therapy Association and Albany Center Gallery, and was previously involved with the Women’s Caucus for Art, Bethlehem Art Association, Art on the Lark and the Schenectady City Arts Coalition.
In addition to her teaching, Ms. Skiff has organized numerous regional photography exhibits for the Capital Region and published a book on its history called, “The 32 Photo Regional.” Additionally, she was an editor of the catalogs, “Body Image” from 1999 and, “The Figure” from 1998. Known for her activism in art, Ms. Skiff organized a city-wide public exhibition called “Re-Arting Troy,” in 2010 which focused on art from recycled materials and produced and participated in successive, “Trashion” shows of clothing made from recycled materials featuring local artists. The Troy Record, Times Union and the Schenectady Gazette have spotlighted her for her exceptional career, and she has received various awards and accolades from the City of Troy, New York Legislation and the Howard Bush Foundation. To attest to her exceptional career, Ms. Skiff can also be found in the 58th edition of Who’s Who in America.
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