Five Matheny Artists Featured in New Exhibit at Sotheby’s, NYC

The works of five talented Matheny artists will be showcased in a new exhibit at the renowned Sotheby’s in New York City. Paintings by Jessica Evans, Bari Kim Goldrosen, Karen Frascella, Paul Santo, and Tammy Heppner will be featured in “Art Without Boundaries.” A portion of the exhibit will be devoted to “Rising Artists” – a display of other talented artists creating art in many forms in Matheny’s Arts Access program. The exhibit reveals the variety of works, multitude of subjects, and the diversity of media used to create these stunning pieces. The exhibit will run from March 29th through April 7th at Sotheby’s 1334 York Avenue, New York, NY location.

Eileen Murray, Director of the Arts Access Program, said, “We are immensely grateful for the opportunity to showcase the extraordinary talents of artists with disabilities once again at Sotheby’s NYC. Their return to this prestigious stage is a testament to the power of creativity that lies within these outstanding artists. We are thrilled to see these remarkable individuals rightfully bask in the spotlight, demonstrating that creativity knows no bounds. Thank you, Sotheby’s, for recognizing and celebrating their exceptional contributions.”

Matheny previously collaborated with Sotheby’s in 2019 for an exhibit titled “The Art of Choice.”

Arts Access’ multidisciplinary program offers specialized systems of communication and assistance for individuals with disabilities that enable them to freely express themselves in the arts. Instead of defining those participating in Arts Access by their disabilities, Arts Access enables participants to define themselves by their accomplishments. Assisted by professional artist-facilitators, the artists use specialized systems, methodologies, and assistive technology that have been designed to enable individuals across the full spectrum of disability to clearly communicate their ideas. To learn more, go to artsaccessprogram.org.

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About Matheny. Matheny’s mission is to provide exceptional care and an optimal quality of life for children and adults with special needs and medically complex developmental disabilities. Matheny is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and is headquartered in Somerset County.  It was founded in 1946 after Walter and Marguerite Matheny’s son, Chuck, was born with cerebral palsy (CP) into a world ill-equipped to care for children with special needs. Matheny patients have a diverse range of medical conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Lesch-Nyhan Disease (LND) and a wide range of rare diseases. Matheny is comprised of a special hospital, five community group homes, an adult day center, a non-profit private special school, and outpatient clinics serving the community. To learn more about Matheny, visit us at http://www.matheny.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram: @mathenymedical.

About Sotheby’s. Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s premier destination for art and luxury. Sotheby’s promotes access to and ownership of exceptional art and luxury objects through auctions and buy-now channels including private sales, e-commerce and retail. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by an industry-leading technology platform and a network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 70 categories which include Contemporary Art, Modern and Impressionist Art, Old Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Design, as well as collectible cars and real estate. Sotheby’s believes in the transformative power of art and culture and is committed to making our industries more inclusive, sustainable and collaborative.

This exhibition is a part of Sotheby’s Community Gallery initiative, where we partner with mission-driven organizations to spotlight artists and creatives. We firmly believe in the transformative power of art and culture, and are committed to making the art and luxury industries more inclusive, sustainable, and collaborative. We hope this space inspires you to consider how you define community, and expand the ways you see yourself and others.

Photo Album – Fall Formal

On Tuesday, September 12th, the Matheny community gathered with friends, family, and loved ones to enjoy the 2023 Fall Formal! Everyone posed for photos, showed off their dance moves and Disney-themed outfits, and enjoyed one another’s company. Thank you to all the staff, family, and volunteers who made such a lovely night possible!

Back to School at the Matheny School!

The Matheny School Provides Complex Solutions for Medically Complex Students

August 22, 2023 – Peapack, NJ – New Jersey students will return to school in just a few days. Back to school can be stressful for anyone, but for kids with special needs finding the right school environment is essential. The Matheny School, located on the picturesque campus of Matheny in Peapack, has provided a blend of high quality therapeutic and educational services for students from all areas of New Jersey with medically complex developmental disabilities for over 75 years.

Anne Bruno, the Matheny School’s Assistant Principal, stated “Our students have many different learning styles and educational needs. Each student’s team addresses all of his or her requirements. Therapies such as physical, occupational and speech are integrated into the student’s educational routine. Many therapies are delivered right in the classroom, minimizing the amount of classroom time the student misses,” she added.

The Matheny School also provides skilled nursing care via their school nursing team.  According to Bruno, “Many parents are struggling to find 1:1 nursing care in schools and Matheny has excellent school nurses dedicated to providing care to our students during the school day so they can attend class with their peers.”

Technology is fully utilized within the Matheny School. Students have access to iPads, computers, Smart technology and individualized augmentative devices. Staffing is maintained at a high level to ensure that each student can reach his or her maximum potential.

Recent events have focused attention on the critical issue of safe transportation of all students. Those who need to be transported while seated in their wheelchair or on a stretcher are especially vulnerable. The utmost care is taken to ensure every student’s safety and comfort.  Matheny’s dedicated school and transportation teams will be presenting a webinar on safe transportation practices at 2 pm on September 13th.  Please go to Matheny.org for more information or to register.

The Matheny School offers year-round enrollment for all NJ school districts and an extended school year program during the summer. For more information, please visit matheny.org, call 908-234-0011, or email mathenyschool@matheny.org.

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About Matheny – Matheny’s mission is to provide exceptional care and an optimal quality of life for children and adults with special needs and medically complex developmental disabilities. Matheny is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is headquartered in Somerset County. It was founded in 1946 after Walter and Marguerite Matheny’s son, Chuck, was born with cerebral palsy (CP) into a world ill-equipped to care for children with special needs. Matheny is comprised of a fully accredited special hospital, five community group homes, an adult day center, the Matheny School – a non-profit private special school, The Arts Access Program – an award-winning fine arts program, and outpatient clinics serving the community. Matheny patients have a diverse range of medical conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Lesch-Nyhan Disease (LND) and a wide range of rare diseases. To learn more about Matheny, visit us at http://www.matheny.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram: @mathenymedical.

Miles for Matheny 2023: Full Photo Album

It’s been over six weeks since Miles for Matheny 2023, but we’re still riding high on the joy and fun of the beautiful celebration! Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, cyclists, runners, families, and everyone else who made the event possible.

See an event highlight reel here.

Did you see John Elliott from CBS2 News at the Fairgrounds? We loved sharing our Matheny Magic with John and all those who watched that morning! Catch his coverage of the event here.

Our full event album is below. Please join us in thanking our photographer, the talented Keith Bratcher!

 

Matheny Welcomes New Vice President and CFO Michael Hewson

June 13, 2023, Peapack, NJ – Matheny is pleased to introduce Michael Hewson as its new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mr. Hewson will work closely with President and CEO Bill Kent, Matheny’s Board of Trustees, and senior administrators to oversee and coordinate all financial operations across the various components of Matheny, including the medical center, school, community residences, adult day program, and Arts Access program.

“We extend a warm welcome to Michael Hewson as he joins the Matheny community,” says Bill Kent, President and CEO of Matheny. “We are confident in his ability to develop and implement comprehensive financial strategies, including annual and long-term financial planning, budgeting, cash flow projections, and debt management. His contributions will be invaluable in ensuring the continued financial health and success of Matheny,” Kent added.

Hewson brings with him over 20 years of experience in both corporate and non-profit environments. Most recently, he served as the Director of Business and Operations at the Willow School in Gladstone, NJ. During his time at Willow, Hewson implemented financial changes, managed operational and facilities improvements, and successfully led major software implementations in finance, student information systems, and enrollment management. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Gillen Brewer School, where he skillfully navigated the challenges posed by the global pandemic, ensuring the safety of students and staff.

Before joining Gillen Brewer, Hewson held the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Rutgers University. In this capacity, he oversaw the administration and strategic vision of a division comprising 250 professional and administrative staff. This division provided crucial support to 36,000 undergraduate students in areas such as finance and administration, information technology, facilities, enrichment, career services, marketing and communications, assessment, disability services, learning centers, and access and equity programs.

Hewson’s extensive experience at institutions such as Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Morgan Stanley, AXA Equitable, Credit Suisse, and Columbia Records has equipped him with a wealth of knowledge to lead the long-term financial planning at Matheny. He holds degrees in Philosophy, Journalism, Mass Media from Rutgers University, and he earned his MBA from the same institution in 2014. Additionally, he attended the Management and Leadership Institute at Harvard University in 2017.

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About Matheny – Matheny’s mission is to provide exceptional care and an optimal quality of life for children and adults with special needs and medically complex developmental disabilities. Matheny is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is headquartered in Somerset County. It was founded in 1946 after Walter and Marguerite Matheny’s son, Chuck, was born with cerebral palsy (CP) into a world ill-equipped to care for children with special needs. Matheny is comprised of a fully accredited special hospital, five community group homes, an adult day center, a non-profit private special school, a fine arts program, and outpatient clinics serving the community. Matheny patients have a diverse range of medical conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Lesch-Nyhan Disease (LND) and a wide range of rare diseases. To learn more about Matheny, visit us at http://www.matheny.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram: @mathenymedical.

Join Us for Miles for Matheny 2023!

Thank you to all who have already registered for our 26th Annual Miles for Matheny! There’s still time to register and join us on Saturday, June 3rd!

At Miles for Matheny, you can choose from one of five different cycling routes (specially designed by our friends the Bedminster Flyers), our USATF-sanctioned 5K, a high-energy Kids Fun Run, or our beloved and traditional Wheelchair Walk.

Know a friend who likes to cycle or run and would resonate with our mission? Spread the word!

Start or join a fundraising team here.

See the Miles 2023 schedule here.

Feel free to reach out to milesformatheny@matheny.org with any questions!

Employment Open House – February 8th

Interested in joining the Matheny Team? We invite you to campus to learn more about our open positions. We’re excited to meet you!

Halloween Parade 2022

Halloween landed on a Monday in 2022, but that certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of those participating in our Matheny Halloween parade!

Highly anticipated by Matheny students and patients, the Halloween parade is an amazing reflection of our community’s passion and creativity. We were blown away by many of the costumes this year, including pirates, Ken and Barbie, Catwoman, and characters from Stranger Things, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and many other shows and movies. Which costume is your favorite?

We’re grateful to our Recreation Therapy team for their hard work coordinating this event. We can’t wait until next year!

Trunk or Treat 2022

We love our Fall and Halloween traditions here at Matheny! Thank you to all who joined us on campus today for Trunk or Treat 2022 – everyone enjoyed a very festive and fun afternoon!

We’re Hiring!

Interested in joining our team? Grow your career at Matheny!

Matheny is:

  • a special hospital for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities
  • a special education school providing academics and functional life skills for students, ages 3-21
  • a comprehensive non-profit organization serving people with different abilities from New Jersey and beyond.

Our main campus in Peapack, NJ is home to 101 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Our five group homes, located in Somerset and Warren counties, provide a residence in the community for an additional 30 adults.

Each and every day, our mission is to provide exceptional care and an optimal quality of life for all of our residents, patients, and students.

Matheny offers a comprehensive benefits package along with competitive pay. Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental & vision insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • $1500 Hiring Bonus for eligible positions
  • Paid Training
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Recognition Programs
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion-focused events & programs
  • Beautiful campus located in scenic Peapack, NJ

Learn more and view our open positions here.

Miles for Matheny 2022 – Full Photo Album

Check out our full Miles for Matheny 2022 Photo Album! Thanks to everyone who helped make this wonderful event happen! It was great to gather with our community and supporters.

*All photos by Keith Bratcher. Thank you, Keith!