23rd annual exhibition and sale

November 4, 2018–January 27, 2019

Learn more about the exhibition and sale including this year’s judges below.

Browse and purchase artwork

To inquire about purchasing artwork outside of business hours, email artability@mlhs.org or call 484.596.5607.

Art Ability at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is a year-round program which serves as a showcase and marketplace for talented artists. The program educates the community about the remarkable abilities of people with disabilities and inspires artists to reach beyond their limitations and explore their own creativity.

The annual, international juried Art Ability exhibition and sale is twelve-weeks in length and features art and fine crafts by artists with physical, cognitive, hearing and visual impairments.

Participating artists express their creativity through painting, photography, sculpture, fiber arts, stained glass, jewelry and fine crafts. Through these creative modes of expression, artists are able to convey their talent, receive recognition for their work, and often also to further progress in recovering from a life-altering illness or injury.

The exhibit is on display from November through January in the corridors of the hospital. The season kicks off with the opening night Preview party held at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. Proceeds of the Art Ability opening receptions help support Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital patient and community programs.

The exhibit is then open free to the public and enjoyed by more than 3,500 individuals annually, including the hospital’s patients, their families and friends, hospital staff and visitors—making it the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of its kind in the nation.

A stringent, two-step jurying process ensures that Art Ability presents highly professional artwork, demonstrating the strength of artistic talent within the disability community. The first step is led by the Art Ability Curator and includes reviewing the submitted images and choosing the artwork for the exhibition. The second step includes esteemed jurors who are selected based on their expertise and prominence in the fine arts community. They judge the work, selecting the pieces to receive awards in their respective categories.

The planning of the exhibition involves the members of the Art Ability committee and the hospital board, including members who have been disabled by stroke, polio and brain injury. Feedback from local and national past Art Ability artists is solicited through each stage of the project.

2018 Art Ability judges

Three prestigious members of the Philadelphia art community have been invited to judge over 400 entries of art by nearly 200 artists for awards at the 2018 Art Ability Exhibition and Sale at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

The 2018 Award Judges are Roberta Fallon, editor and executive director of Artblog; Angela McQuillan, curator and director of the BioArt Residency at the University City Science Center; and Lee Stoetzel, director and co-curator of the West Collection at SEI.

There are seven prize categories defined by medium as well as by a special theme “Healing.” In addition, each judge will award their favorite work and collaboratively choose a “Best in Show.” Last year Art Ability awarded over $7,000.00 in donated prize money to the artists.

Roberta Fallon is an artist and writer and the co-founder of the online arts publication, Artblog, where she is now editor and executive director. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Philadelphia Weekly, Artnet, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewhere, and she has taught or been a visiting critic at Tyler School of Art, University of the Arts, Moore College of Art and Design, St. Joseph’s University, and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Fallon has juried or curated exhibits for The Delaware Contemporary, York College of Pennsylvania and elsewhere. In 2008, Fallon received an honorary doctorate in the arts from Moore College of Art and Design, for her work with Artblog.

Angela McQuillan is a Philadelphia-based artist and curator working at the intersection of science and art. She holds degrees in both biology and painting, and has 10 years of experience working as a scientist in various roles including academic research and pharmaceuticals. To this date, McQuillan has curated over 30 art exhibitions relating to science and technology, and four of these have been by internationally recognized artists working with biological media. McQuillan currently works as both the Curator at the Esther Klein Gallery, and the Director of the University City Science Center’s BioArt Residency which she founded in 2017. Her work has been featured in prominent publications such as The New York Times, Forbes and SciArt in America.

Lee Stoetzel is an artist and director and co-curator of the West Collection at the financial services firm SEI in Oaks, Pa. For the last 22 years, he has worked with the West family as they’ve built a 3,500 work (700 artists) contemporary collection. Stoetzel has worked to introduce contemporary art to SEI and its visitors, as well as to help with loans and partnerships to major museums all over the world and partners in the Philadelphia region. Through installations, tours, an approach to showing contemporary art in a corporate setting, and through public loaned installations at various venues, Stoetzel and SEI work to continually create a surprising art experience.

To inquire about buying available work, email artability@mlhs.org or call 484.596.5607.

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