MALVERN, PA - The 12th Annual Art Ability Exhibition, hosted by Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, will open to the public on Nov. 4 for a two-month run. The international, juried exhibition is a showcase for artists with physical, cognitive, hearing and visual disabilities, and represents the most comprehensive exhibit of its kind in the nation. Art Ability 2007 will feature more than 450 works, including paintings, sculpture, photography, fabric art, jewelry, stained glass, metalwork and more, created by 131 remarkable artists.
"The talent of these artists completely transcends any and all limitations," said Donna Phillips, President, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. "Art Ability communicates a powerful message regarding the exceptional competencies of people with disabilities, and encourages every one of us to reach beyond our own personal obstacles."
Since the inception of Art Ability, more than 21,500 people have viewed the annual exhibition, and over 1,500 artistic works have been sold, providing a tremendous showcase for the artists and helping them to achieve greater financial independence. Eighty percent of proceeds from artwork purchases goes directly to the artists, while 20 percent is earmarked to support Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital's patient programs and services. Several artists are also awarded cash prizes by the jury each year.
The artists featured in Art Ability 2007 represent 30 states and five countries, including 33 artists from the Delaware Valley. Each piece in the exhibition includes a biography about the artist, and is presented at a level accessible to those in wheelchairs. The exhibition will be displayed throughout the corridors of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital at 414 Paoli Pike in Malvern through Jan. 20, 2008, and is open to the public seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is free.
A Patrons Preview Reception for Art Ability 2007 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Preview provides registered guests with a sneak peek at the exhibition, and the opportunity to purchase artwork prior to the official opening. Preview tickets start at $50.
Several works from past Art Ability Exhibitions have become a part of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital's permanent art collection, where 6,000 inpatients and outpatients receiving care at the Hospital annually, and their visitors, can enjoy them. The artwork provides continuous inspiration for patients, and represents tangible evidence of the return to meaningful, productive lives. Hospital staff members often incorporate the works into therapy, such as in memory-building exercises for patients recovering from brain injuries.
Artwork from Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital's permanent Art Ability collection will also be prominently displayed in the fifth floor exhibition space at Philadelphia City Hall between Oct. 18 and Nov. 20 in conjunction with Independence Starts Here: A Festival of Disability Arts and Culture. The Festival celebrates the work of artists and performers with disabilities, and those inspired by the experience of disability, and will take the form of art, theater, music, dance, comedy, poetry and more at a series of special events and exhibits throughout the Greater Philadelphia region this fall.
Art Ability is supported by generous grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the William Penn Foundation, as well as Nason Construction Inc., Presenting Sponsor. For additional information about the Art Ability 2007 Exhibition, including group tours and the Patrons Preview Reception, please contact the Art Ability Office at 484-596-5607 or ArtAbility@mlhs.org.
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is a 148-bed nonprofit physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital located in Malvern, PA. The Hospital's mission is to provide superior rehabilitative services, to enhance the quality of patients' lives, to help them regain a sense of dignity and a greater level of independence, and to advocate and work for their access to the resources available to others in the community.
Note to Editors: A high-resolution digital image of this year's featured artwork, Autumn Solitude by Beth Ann Johnson of Philadelphia, is available upon request. View featured artwork!
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