This year’s judges are A.M. Weaver, curator and writer, from Philadelphia; Nancy Campbell, executive director of the Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania.; and Amie Potsic, executive director and chief curator of Main Line Art Center in Haverford, Pennsylvania. There were seven prize categories defined by medium as well as by a special theme, “Transformation.” In addition, each judge selected their favorite work and collaboratively they chose a “Best in Show.” Winning artists will receive cash prizes ranging from $50 to $1,000. Through generous donations from members of the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital community, board and staff, Art Ability awards these prizes totaling over $7,000.
The judging process took a full morning of thoughtful discussion; taking into consideration the subject, composition and aesthetic of each piece. The judges commented on the caliber of work presented by Art Ability artists, and only after the judging was complete did the participants learn more about an artist’s region, age or disability.
“I thought some of the works were very accomplished,” says Nancy Campbell. “The variety was really exciting. I was very impressed. There was a lot of diversity; I was really amazed at how many different types of techniques were included in the show. I was also amazed by the craftsmanship.”
In its twenty-second year, Art Ability will open with a Preview Reception on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern. NEW THIS YEAR, the Preview Reception will be followed by a dinner and auction, starting at 7:30 pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity for guests to learn more about Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, while enjoying a festive evening with unique auction items. Purchase tickets for this event by contacting the Art Ability Office at 484.596.5425. Beginning Sunday, November 5, the Art Ability Exhibition and Sale will be open daily and is free to the public through January 28, 2018.
Art Ability is grateful to have the leadership support of many philanthropic partners, including Presenting Sponsor, Construction Services Group; Preview Reception Sponsor, Encore, a Quintiles Company; Dinner Sponsor Stradley Ronon; Auction Sponsor Bryn Mawr Rehab Volunteer Association; William Penn Foundation; and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The generosity of these supporters, and other philanthropic partners, helps to make the annual exhibition possible, as well as provides program support year-round for the many facets of Art Ability.
For more information about Art Ability 2017, including group tours and the Preview Reception, Dinner and Auction, please contact the Art Ability Office at 484.596.5607 or visit mainlinehealth.org/artability.
About Main Line Health
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.
At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.
Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.
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, Bryn Mawr Rehab provides rehabilitation services at convenient outpatient locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.