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photo by Holly Kuper


The signature “jcliff” is a variation on a family signature. My father, Harold Jacob Cliffer, was an architect, author, cartoonist, actor, and family man who died at the age of 40. He often signed his work “hjcliff,” and was known to many friends as “Cliff” (also my elder son’s name) or "Hal".  I pay tribute to my father, who lived all too short a life, passing just before my 12th birthday from leukemia. His father, John Cliffer, was also an artist, whose portraits of himself, my grandmother and great aunt hang in my cousin’s house in Atlanta, GA.  Humbly claiming that I inherited the family passion for art-making, I welcome you to explore the multi-faceted explorations I have produced over the last 25 years or so.                     - Jill Cliffer Baratta

The Artist

Jill Cliffer Baratta, MFA, N.A.W.A., currently teaches at the The Art School at Old Church (TASOC) and participates as a facilitator for The Art of Healing in the infusion center at Englewood Hospital.  In 2011, she was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists. She joined the board of directors in July, 2014, has served as Public Relations Committee chair, and Exhibition Committee Chair and was elected President of NAWA in May, 2017. Ms. Baratta worked as an art instructor, graphic artist, designer, and dancer in and around New York City from her arrival in 1976 until her move to Northern New Jersey in 1987. There, she served as artist-in-residence at the Tenafly, NJ Middle School for over 14 years. In 2003, she completed a nine-month internship at Hackensack University Medical Center, doing art therapy with pediatric patients. and worked for 3 years with Marblejam Kids, utilizing creative arts therapies for autistic children.


Ms. Baratta studied art at The School of Visual Arts (New York, NY); Grand Valley State University; The University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), and The Art Institute of Chicago, as well as at local art centers. She studied art therapy at The College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY); dance at New York University Tisch School of the Arts (MFA; New York, NY), and dance and art at Grand Valley State University (BPh; Allendale, MI). She studied Watercolor Painting for over 7 years at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey and at The Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ. Dorothy Cochran has been her printmaking instructor at TASOC since 2006.          

the artist at the Whitney Museum

The Signature