Art Ability at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is a year-long program which
serves as a showcase for, and celebration of, artists with disabilities.
Through art, we hope to inspire patients to reach beyond their
limitations, and to encourage people with disabilities to explore their
Established in 1996, Art Ability includes the following major
components: an annual international juried exhibition and sale of art
and fine crafts produced by individuals with disabilities; community
outreach and education opportunities including satellite exhibitions and
interactive demo days; our permanent collection of artwork and the
incorporation of artwork into the patient experience; and a corporate
art acquisition program.
The Program’s goal is to foster a better appreciation of people with
disabilities through the achievements and stories of our artists. As art
enriches their lives, we hope their creativity, talent and exuberant
spirit will enrich your life.
2016–17 Featured Artist: Robert Flatt, Houston, Texas
Flying Through Red Salvia
Medium: digital image
In 2000, after discovering he had Parkinson’s disease, Flatt began
pursuing what he calls his “crazy passion to become a photographer.” His
disease has helped him to “slow down” to see the beauty in the wild and
beautiful places to which he travels. He now has an urgency to “hurry
up” and capture as much as he can photographically, while he still can.
He loves highly saturated pictures that are full of color and with
vibrant, surrealistic backgrounds. He enjoys using his camera and
Photoshop to paint pictures of birds flying, bees buzzing, and
dragonflies basking in the sun. Flatt’s photography is in the permanent
collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and has been on display in
a variety of venues, including Rice University, where he is an Adjunct
Professor at the Jones Graduate School of Business Administration. Flatt
received his Bachelor of Arts and a Master degree in Electrical
Engineering in 1970 from Rice University and his MBA from Harvard
University in 1973. He and his wife Nancy live in Houston, Texas.
2015 Preview Reception
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 mailing list.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.