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Katherine’s Biography
Katherine’s Biography

              Katherine Criss, is a New York City native, and the daughter of the twentieth-century American painter and collagist, Francis Criss. Both her parents encouraged young Katherine’s creative pursuits with drawing, painting and ceramics classes. Katherine embraced photography as her preferred medium while a student at New York’s High School of Music & Art, and, after a hiatus for marriage and family, she received a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts.

              Katherine’s eclectic photographic career includes positions as catalog manager at the commercial photography studio Leigh Charell, at three stock photography agencies: The Stock Market, Corbis and Phototake, and at Gallowitz Photographics and the Village Voice. She served as president of Professional Women Photographers  for seven years and is presently represented by b. j. spoke gallery in Huntington, Long Island.

             Her career has included extensive experience in archival printing and photographic preservation, as well as contemporary digital technologies in editing and in producing images and exhibits. Ms. Criss is an art project developer, a published photographer with more than twenty years experience. She represents the Francis Criss Collection of paintings, collages and writings, as well as her trans-layered art photography and painting archive.  www.CrissArtArchive.com

Ms. Criss is a fine art photographer, painter and collagist with more than twenty years experience as a curator, editor, and researcher for art and photography collections.  She leads ongoing discussions on creativity based on Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way.


Education:         Mentoring workshops with Ernestine Ruben (2001-2003);

Lori Novak (1988);

Bernice Abbott (1955).


School of Visual Arts, BFA/Photography (1986);

NY School of Photography (1960);

High School of Music and Art, Art/Photography (1957)


Affiliations:        Professional Women Photographers, President (1993-2000)

Board member (2005-2008)

PWP Program Chair 2005-2007

B. J. Spoke Gallery, current Member 2006


Awards:            National Scholastic Honorable Mention in Photography, 1956



Juried Exhibitions:


Breaking Ground, Omni Gallery, Uniondale, NY, September 2010 – January 2011

The 1st Long Island Biennial, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY, July 2010

            Body and Soul, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY June 2007

            Life In & Out of Balance, a Juried competition, Ashforth Warburg Gallery, NY

            April-May 2002

            Cow Quest, Ashforth Warburg Gallery, NY, September 2000

            All Americans, National Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, 

            Prague,  Czech Republic, Severocheske Museum, Northern Bohemia, 1996 and      

            Nassau Community College, NY, 1997


Solo Exhibitions


            Harmony Reigns-Everyday Meditations, B.J.Spoke gallery, Huntington, NY 2011

            Heal and Unite, B.J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY, July 2009

            City Sightings, 96th Street Public Library, New York, NY, April 2000


Curator/Producer of Photographic Exhibitions:


 Francis Criss – New York Inspired, Ashforth Warburg Gallery, NY, 1999

 Intimate Portraits, Duggal Gallery, New York, NY, 1994

 All Americans, National Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures. Prague, Czech Republic, Severocheske Museum, Northern Bohemia, 1996 and Nassau Community College, NY, 1997

YWCA, Women First for 135 Years, national traveling exhibit, 1993-1994 


Curated/Produced Historic Vintage Photography Instillations



The Fashion District, On Shore Mfg, 512 Seventh Avenue, NY, 1993-2007            

The Fashion Industry 1888-1938, Leon Charney Gallery, 1410 Broadway, NY, 1992-2007


 Group Exhibitions


            Small Works, B. J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY, November 2010

Poetic Visions, B. J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY, October, 2010

All That Jazz – Improvisations, B. J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY, July 2010

Artist’s Choice, B. J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY, February 2010

            NEWWORKS 2008, Chelsea Gallery Space, New York, NY February 2008

            Eros an d Agape, Canvas, Paper and Stone Gallery, New York, NY January 2008

A Celebration of Long Island, L’Abbate, Balkan, Colatita & Contini LLP,

Garden City, NY, May’07

Being Green, B. J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY April May 2007

            Elegy to Eden, Durst Lobby Gallery, NY, March-April 2007

            Carnival, B. J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY, January-February 2007

Winter Spirit, B. J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY, November-December 2006

            Signs of Fall, B. J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY, October-November 2006

            Summers End, Weil Cornell Medical Library Gallery, NY, August-September 2006

            Daydreams in a Real World, Montauk Library Gallery, NY, July-August 2006

            Inside, Chrystie Street Gallery, NY, March-April 2006

            Compassion, St. Vincent’s Hospital, NY, February-May 2006

            Eyewitness – Part II, Durst Show Walls, NY, Oct – November 2005

            Diversity, Next Door and Abroad, Stepping Stone Gallery, Huntington, NY,      

            November 2005

Secret Garden, A Woman’s View, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Summer 2005

Personal Landscapes, Stepping Stone Gallery, Huntington, NY, April-May 2005

Estro Art Show, Manhattan Theatre Source, NY, October 2003

            Peace Works, Times Sq Gallery, NY, September 2003

            Venus in NY, Manhattan Mall Gallery, NY, July 2003

Point of View, Westbeth Gallery, NY, September 2002

            PWP Celebrates Women of NY, Manhattan Borough President’s Office,NY, 2002   

           Strength in Numbers, Weil Cornell Medical Library Gallery, NY, February 2002

           The Steps We Have Taken, Ashforth Warburg Gallery, NY, August, 2001

            Hidden Faces and Places, Ashforth Warburg Gallery, NY, May - June 2001

A Spiritual Moment, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, 2001 

            Details, Ashforth Warburg Gallery, NY, January 1998

            NY Shows Off, Ashforth Warburg Gallery, NY, May 1997

            A World of Wonder – People and Places, Lever House, NY, June 1996

Women Photograph Women, Learning Alliance, NY, March, 1996

            PWP Shoots Catskills, Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, NY, Fall 1995

            Hope and Joy in a Troubled World, Columbia University, NY, January 1995



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