Kick-Off to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital's 18th Annual Art Ability a Success

Monday, November 11, 2013

The opening reception for Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s 18th Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale was attended by more than 300 people who enjoyed the creative works of 215 artists with physical and cognitive disabilities. Guests had the opportunity to meet more than 40 of the exhibiting artists and to buy artwork before the exhibition officially opened to the public the next day. Close to 110 pieces of art, jewelry and sculpture were sold during the reception. The sale of art and jewelry at the 18th Annual Art Ability Preview Reception ensures that artists will receive more than $26,000 in commissions from opening night.

A percentage of the funds raised through the sale of artwork support Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s nationally-recognized rehabilitation programs while 80 percent of the sale goes directly to the artist. Since the inception of Art Ability in 1996, more than 35,000 people have viewed the annual exhibition, and thousands of works have been purchased.

This year’s 12-week exhibition and sale features over 400 pieces of art by 215 artists from 31 states and nine foreign countries and includes works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, jewelry, metalwork and more. The exhibition and sale will be on display throughout the corridors of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, located at 414 Paoli Pike in Malvern, through January 26, 2014. The exhibition is free and open daily to the public from 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Artwork is available for purchase by calling the Art Ability Office at 484.596.5607.

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Art Ability is a year-round showcase and celebration of art by artists with disabilities. As 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 offers a unique and accessible venue for artists with disabilities to display and sell their work. In addition to supporting Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s vision and mission to advocate for those with disabilities in our community, Art Ability provides community outreach and education; a corporate art acquisition program; and a permanent collection at the hospital where art is incorporated into therapy.

To learn more about Art Ability, visit

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. As a 148-bed, not-for-profit hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab 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. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.

Bridget Therriault
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