Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Art Ability Exhibition and Sale is the largest event of its kind for artists with disabilities in the United States. We welcome any artist interested in participating to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 484.596.5607 to provide your name and contact information for our mailing list.
Open to artists with physical, cognitive, visual and/or hearing disabilities. Only work executed after the onset of a disability or injury is eligible. All works must be for sale. Art previously exhibited in Art Ability is not eligible for submission. Reproduction prints will not be accepted. Works must have been created within the last five years to be considered. Please note: acceptance of a work based on electronic images does not guarantee inclusion. The jurors reserve the right to final selection for exhibition when viewing actual work. We will decline exhibiting work that arrives damaged.
- Acceptable media: Works on paper, works on canvas or board, photography, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry and fine crafts.
- Size: No dimension should be less than 13” or more than 48” framed. Each piece is not to exceed 25lbs in weight.
- Finishing: All works must be sent ready for display. Two-dimensional pieces require appropriate framing and hanging hardware. Framing is required for all two-dimensional works including wrap around canvas and photographs printed on metal or foam. Framed works require Plexiglas instead of glass.
- Stipulations: Reproduction prints will not be accepted. Work that arrives damaged will be returned to artist.
Call for entries
Art Ability is now accepting submissions for the 2017–18 Exhibition and Sale. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Visit our call for entries page for more information.
- Artists are selected by the Curator to be considered for the upcoming exhibit’s ‘Featured Artist.’ The selection of a featured artwork piece is completed.
- The exhibit season kicks off with a spring mailing of the Call for Entry information to potential participating artists as maintained in our 900+ name database. Postings to arts websites are made.
- Artist images are due in early July.
- The Art Ability Committee of volunteers kick-off event planning with a spring meeting.
- The initial jurying of submitted work, led by the Curator and including the Director of Art Ability and Committee Chairpersons, is completed by late July.
- Artist acceptance letters and packets of instructions are mailed in early August. Inventory lists are finalized.
- Shipped and hand delivered artwork is due early fall (September).
- Unpacking and inventory work days are held in late September–the Curator leads committee members and dozens of volunteers in unpacking, inventorying and organizing over 500 pieces of artwork.
- The second part of our jurying process includes a ‘Jurying Day’ which is held in early fall (late September). Three prestigious members of the art community judge the submitted work and award monetary prizes for artistic excellence.
- Hanging day is scheduled for the Monday evening before the exhibit opening. Led by the Curator, more than 60 committee members and volunteers help install the over 500 pieces of work. Identifying labels are placed next to all artwork.
- A Patrons Preview Reception takes place the opening day of the exhibit (early November) which is attended by approximately 400 invited guests. Approximately 60 percent of art sales take place at the opening reception. A self-guided tour, open to the public at no cost, takes place for the remainder of the show with art sold until the last day. Guided tours can be arranged upon request.
- The annual exhibit de-installation is in late January. Committee members and volunteers, led by the Curator, de-install the exhibit, pack up all unsold work for shipping back to artists, and wrap all sold work for customer pick up.
- Customers arrange to pick up purchased artwork after the closing day so the integrity of the presentation is not comprised.
- The hospital’s permanent collection of work is installed.
All these activities are completed with the help of our dedicated committee of volunteers along with the expertise of the exhibit Curator.