Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Exhibits Art Work at Pennsylvania State Capitol

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Malvern, PA – Nearly three dozen original pieces of art created by artists with disabilities for the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Ability Program will be on display in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building from June 2 through June 13. The exhibit is “Celebrating Life: An Exhibit of Works of Artists with Disabilities” and represents the work and achievements of Pennsylvania artists with disabilities. Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Dennis M. O’Brien invited the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Ability Program to take part in this inaugural event.

The exhibit centers on the work and achievement of artists with disabilities who live in Pennsylvania, says Pat Winner, Acting Director of the Art Ability Program. “We included 34 works from our permanent Art Ability Collection which is displayed in our hospital throughout most of the year. These works are representative pieces from 19 Pennsylvania residents, several of whom were patients in our facility.”

According to Ms. Winner, Art Ability is an international juried exhibit and sale of art and fine crafts produced by individuals with disabilities. Entering its 14th year, Art Ability uses the visual arts to expand and enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities. “Art Ability provides a showcase and a marketplace for talented artists, while educating the community about the remarkable capabilities of people with a wide variety of disabilities, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy.

Several entities at the state level lent their efforts to bring this work forward, including the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF).

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is a pioneer and leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.  Located in Malvern, the hospital offers a unique environment for recovery for individuals with brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury and other physical and cognitive disabilities.  With 148 beds and an extensive Outpatient Network, the hospital is the largest and most comprehensive rehabilitation services organization in the region. 

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Ann Zalkind

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