25th annual exhibition and sale
November 8, 2020–January 31, 2021 – open to the public based on current visitor policies
As a health care organization, the safety of our constituents is our highest priority. While our commitment to Art Ability remains strong, in light of the current pandemic, we have decided to pivot the annual Preview Reception and Dinner & Auction events to a virtual format. As we celebrate Art Ability's 25th year, we invite you to join us for the livestream virtual Kick-Off Party on Saturday, November 7, 2020. We look forward to celebrating with you all around the world!
NEW this year - Artwork will be available for sale starting November 4.
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 typically kicks off with the opening night Preview party held at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. We are excited to have you join us from all around the world for the livestream virtual Kick-off Party this year. 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 jury reviewing the submitted images and choosing artwork for the exhibition. The second step includes esteemed judges 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.
Jessica Curtaz is a Philadelphia-based street artist and arts advocate. She crochets oversized flora and fauna like weeds, insects, and real and imaginary creatures onto the urban landscape, bringing a feminized craft out of the home and onto the streets. She is an advocate for increasing the autonomy of marginalized populations as well as strengthening their voices in the larger community. Curtaz works as a teaching artist, specializing in adaptive teaching methods to special needs populations, including the blind and visually impaired, and adults and children with physical and intellectual disabilities. These classes focus on art both as a creative outlet and a vocation. To these ends she has led several public art projects, including with students at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, insecure populations in Kensington, and immigrant and refugee populations in South and Northeast Philadelphia.
After moving to the United States from Russia, Ekaterina Popova received a bachelor's degree in painting from Kutztown University. Since 2011 she has been painting, exhibiting her art, and learning how to market and make sales. Popova has had the pleasure of curating multiple exhibitions at Paradigm Gallery, Main Line Art Center, Hastings College, and more. Her oil paintings have been exhibited internationally, including Art Miami Fairs, Affordable Art Fairs, Delaware Contemporary, and AIR Gallery. She has been featured by multiple media outlets including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Jealous Curator, It's Nice That and Monocle Magazine. Popova is the founder of Create! Magazine, host of Art & Cocktails podcast, co-author of The Smartist Guide: Essential Art Career Tips For Emerging Artists and founder of The Art Queens, a mentorship program for female artists.
Jeff Schaller is an artist who describes his work as provocative and whimsical, propelling the viewer into scenes of seemingly unrelated subjects. With encaustic paints, Schaller uses lost and found images, words and language, to paint with a precision and intricacy not normally found in encaustic paintings. Schaller's work has been published and exhibited throughout the United States and can be seen in the TV show Friends. As a philanthropic and committed artist, Schaller is on the board of the Chester County Art Association, and the founder of County Studio Tours. Schaller started the Chester County Studio Tour with just 10 artists as a way to collaborate and share his art locally. Now in its tenth year, it has grown to include over 150 artists. He also founded tours in Montgomery and
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