Located in Closter, New Jersey, the Belskie Musuem of Art & Science was founded in 1993 to showcase the works of Abram Belskie, a local sculptor and well known medical illustrator.

Born in London, Belskie graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 1926. In 1929, he immigrated to New York City, where he spent three years as an assistant to the London-born sculptor John Gregory. In 1931, Belskie moved to Closter. There, he spent 57 years sculpting, teaching, and creating medical models. He died in 1988, after winning five major awards for his work, which can still be found in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Cleveland Museum of Health.

Today, the Belskie Museum of Art & Science serves as a major artistic forum for the artists and sculptors of Bergen County. Open year-round except July and August, the museum hosts a new exhibition each month. Instructors and students of the Vytlacil School of Plein Air Painting and the Art Students League of New York City regularly exhibit their work at the Belskie Museum.

Exhibits scheduled for 2013 include a showcase of work by the professional artists of Tenafly, works by the instructors of The Art School at Old Church, and student work from Tenakill Middle School and Northern Valley/Demarest High School. Paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculpture are just a few of the varied art forms routinely found on display at the Belskie.

The Belskie Museum of Art & Science is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Special appointments also can be arranged. Admission is free. For additional information, including information on the current exhibition, visit the museum’s website.