Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Art Ability Exhibition and Sale is the
largest event of its kind for artists with disabilities in the United
States. We welcome any artist interested in participating to contact us
at ArtAbility@mlhs.org or call
484-596-5607 to provide your name and contact information for our
Art Ability is open to artists with physical, cognitive, visual and
hearing disabilities. Only work executed after the onset of disability
or injury is eligible. All works must be for sale. Art previously
exhibited in Art Ability is not eligible for submission. Reproduction
prints will not be accepted. All media are eligible including:
Artists are selected by the Curator to be considered for the
upcoming exhibit’s ‘Featured Artist.’ The selection of a
featured artwork piece is completed.
The exhibit season kicks off with a spring mailing of the Call
for Entry information to potential participating artists as
maintained in our 900+ name database. Postings to arts websites
Artist images are due in early July.
The Art Ability Committee of volunteers kick-off event planning
with a spring meeting.
The initial jurying of submitted work, led by the Curator and
including the Director of Art Ability and Committee
Chairpersons, is completed by late July.
Artist acceptance letters and packets of instructions are mailed
in early August. Inventory lists are finalized.
Shipped and hand delivered artwork is due early fall
Unpacking and inventory work days are held in late September–the
Curator leads committee members and dozens of volunteers in
unpacking, inventorying and organizing over 500 pieces of
The second part of our jurying process includes a ‘Jurying Day’
which is held in early fall (late September). Three prestigious
members of the art community judge the submitted work and award
monetary prizes for artistic excellence.
Hanging day is scheduled for the Monday evening before the
exhibit opening. Led by the Curator, more than 60 committee
members and volunteers help install the over 500 pieces of work.
Identifying labels are placed next to all artwork.
A Patrons Preview Reception takes place the opening day of the
exhibit (early November) which is attended by approximately 400
invited guests. Approximately 60% of art sales take place at the
opening reception. A self-guided tour, open to the public at no
cost, takes place for the remainder of the show with art sold
until the last day. Guided tours can be arranged upon request.
The annual exhibit de-installation is in late January. Committee
members and volunteers, led by the Curator, de-install the
exhibit, pack up all unsold work for shipping back to artists,
and wrap all sold work for customer pick up.
Customers arrange to pick up purchased artwork after the closing
day so the integrity of the presentation is not comprised.
The hospital’s permanent collection of work is installed.
All these activities are completed with the help of our dedicated
committee of volunteers along with the expertise of the exhibit Curator.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.