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Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Ability Work Featured at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Monday, March 21, 2011

(Malvern, Pa.) – Artwork from the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Ability Program will be on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from March 22 through April 17. Part of the “Community Partnerships” education display, Art Ability work from local, regional, national and international artists will be on view in the Education Corridor of the museum.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our program and our artists,” said Heather Zoumas-Lubeski, Director of Community Outreach and Special Events at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. “We are extremely grateful to the museum for providing us with the opportunity to collaborate with the Form in Art program to showcase work by our artists and for the generous support of Art Ability.” According to Ms. Zoumas-Lubeski, Art Ability is a year-long program that serves as a showcase for and celebration of artists with disabilities. Established in 1996, Art Ability includes the country’s largest international juried exhibition and sale of art and fine crafts created by artists with cognitive, physical, hearing and visual disabilities. Art Ability is dedicated to creating community awareness of people with disabilities, and encouraging people with disabilities to reach beyond their limitations and find fulfillment and inspiration through art.

The Form in Art program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art combines studio classes and art history into a unique course for legally blind adults. For many years, the Form in Art program has collaborated with Art Ability to provide interactive educational sessions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Form in Art students have created artwork and have been inspired by the art works in Art Ability’s annual exhibition, some of which are currently on view at the museum. The goal of the collaboration between the museum and Art Ability is to broaden participant’s appreciation of art, create hands-on learning opportunities, enhance each participant’s self-image and introduce new artists.

In addition to the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Ability work, other participants in the exhibit will be CHOP Workshop, Big Picture Alliance, Cascarones por la vida, Delphi Summer Teen Media Program, Norris SquareNeighborhood Project Art Factory.

Art Ability is in its 16th year at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and it includes a variety of components, including the annual juried exhibition and sale, along with satellite exhibits, artist demonstration days, corporate art acquisition programs and a permanent collection within the hospital that strategically incorporates therapy and healing.

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is affiliated with Main Line Health and is a leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The wide range of illnesses and injuries treated at the 148-bed hospital – the largest rehabilitation hospital in the region – includes brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and orthopedic injuries.

For more information on Art Ability, visit brynmawrrehab.org/artability or e-mail artability@mlhs.org.

About Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The 148-bed, not-for-profit hospital offers the full continuum of rehabilitation services, including acute inpatient care, as well as outpatient services for adults and adolescents. The range of illnesses and injuries treated at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital includes traumatic, mild traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurological disorders, spinal cord injury and amputee and orthopedic injuries and illnesses. In addition, the Main Line Health Outpatient Rehab Network provides rehabilitation services at convenient locations in Philadelphia’s western suburbs for patients of all ages. For more information about Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, visit mainlinehealth.org/rehab.

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