in Closter, NJ, the Belskie Museum of Art and Science was founded
by the Closter Lions Club to preserve, house and exhibit the works
of Abram Belskie, a sculptor,
medical illustrator, and resident of Closter. Upon completion of
the museum in l993, The Closter Lions Club donated it to the Borough
of Closter. The Belskie Museum is operated as a tax-exempt, non-profit
corporation under the direction of a six member Board of Directors
appointed by the Borough of Closter, the Closter Lions Club, and
the Closter Library Board of Trustees. Funding is from grants, memberships,
exhibitions and donations.
The museum is run solely through the efforts of volunteers. The
museum exhibits ten shows yearly; the museum also has a collection
of works donated by exhibiting artists.
The museum works in collaboration with the Art Students League
of New York City and the Vytlacil School of Plein Air Painting
in Sparkill, New York in producing exhibitions of works by instructors
and students. As part of Northern Valley Regional High School's
community service program, senior students organize, install and
monitor their own art exhibit each May under the guidance of their
art teachers and the museum.
In 2002 the Kertesz Foundation sponsored Andre Kertesz, The American
Years l936-85 curated by Robert Gurbo. In that same year, the City
of Padua, Italy sponsored
Alchimia del Segno: Sculptures, Watercolors and Etchings, an exhibition
of artworks by Paduan Emilio Baracco.
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