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NA Siblings Connect Through Arts and Science

It came about by happenstance. While attending Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, as part of his third-year pediatrics clerkship, Brad Chernock ’03 visited Matheny Medical and Educational Center, a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack, New Jersey, for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Brad mentioned to his sister, Dana Chernock ’08, how impressed he was with the facility’s Arts Access program. As Dana manages high-profile collections, projects and important auctions in the Global Old Master Paintings Department at Sotheby’s New York, Brad asked her if Sotheby’s might be able to sponsor some sort of charity event with the Matheny Center.

As a result, Dana arranged for Sotheby’s New York to host an exhibition in February titled The Art of Choice, featuring 55 works by five artists from the Matheny program – all of whom are non-verbal and have disabilities that inhibit the use of their limbs. Seventeen original artworks and many prints and merchandise items were sold over the three-day exhibition. The Chernock siblings say their time at NA influenced their initiative to take on such an endeavor. “There is an inherent integration of the arts and sciences at NA,” Brad says.

“The experiences at NA that I had stuck with me through college, graduate school and now medical school. My sister and I have rather diverging interests, so it’s great to have had an opportunity for collaboration.” Dana agrees. “Brad and I each pursued ‘separate tracks’ that were constantly intertwined by the ways in which the arts and science curriculum were presented throughout our time at NA. We both emerged with a respect for the other’s interests and an awareness of how they continue to intersect in our adult lives and career fields.”

Photo Courtesy of Keith Bratcher

Photo Courtesy of Keith Bratcher

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