The call for entry for the 2017–18 Art Ability Exhibition and Sale is closed. Look for the 2018–19 call for entries in April 2018.

2017–18 judges

A.M. Weaver, Nancy Campbell and Amie Potsic have been chosen as the judges for the 2017–18 Art Ability showcase at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. A.M. Weaver is a curator and writer with an extensive background in the history of American contemporary art and culture. She has curated many assorted exhibitions, including those with internationally acclaimed artists. Nancy Campbell has been the executive director of the Wayne Art Center since 1987 and has an extensive background in art education, special education and arts administration. Her thirty year contribution to the art center has created countless visual and performing arts programs along with critically acclaimed exhibitions. Finally, Amie Potsic, the executive director and chief curator of Main Line Art Center in Haverford, Pennsylvania, is an established photographer and installation artist who has exhibited her own artwork internationally. Along with being the chair of the Art in City Hall Artistic Advisory Board to the Office of Arts and Culture of the City of Philadelphia, Potsic won Best in Show for her work on view at the Delaware Contemporary. These three prestigious women of the Philadelphia art community will evaluate an expected one thousand entries of art including paintings, photographs, sculptures, fiber arts, stained glass, jewelry and fine crafts. Prizes are awarded in each category of media. All three judges are committed to promoting a diverse range of artistic styles and mediums and are warmly welcomed by the Art Ability program and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.


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.

Sales and liability

Artists earn 80 percent of the sales of exhibited work, multiples and those commissioned in the 12-week show. Unsold works are returned after the exhibit closes. Artists may be invited to take part in Art Ability’s ongoing sales and exhibition programs. A consignment agreement would then be sent for artist approval. For work sold during Art Ability’s ongoing sales and exhibition programs, artists receive 60 percent of the sales. All payments are made by check in US dollars after the close of the exhibition.

By applying to this exhibition, permission is granted to allow Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital to photograph, publicize and reproduce the works submitted for the show, in whole or in part, for various types of publicity, educational or public relations purposes or otherwise for the hospital’s benefit. This right is perpetual and non-royalty bearing.


Artists will be notified of preliminary acceptance by August 2016. Initial review of submissions will be conducted by the Art Ability committee and exhibition curator. Artists accepted will be asked to send actual work.

Jury and awards process

Distinguished members of the greater Philadelphia arts community award prizes in each media category. More than $7,000 in prizes will be awarded. All accepted work will be eligible for prizes of up to $1,000.

How to participate

All materials should be submitted in digital format through the CaFÉ™ website at (search Art Ability).

Interested artists will be required to create a CaFÉ™ profile to apply. The preferred method of submission is online via CaFÉ™. Please contact the Art Ability office if you do not have access to a computer or need special assistance.

The preferred method of submission is online, however, submission by mail of images on CD will also be accepted, and requires a $20 processing fee. Make checks payable to BMRH. Please download the required artist application (PDF) or email

Art Ability will be on display from November 5, 2017–January 28, 2018, at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The exhibit officially opens with a Preview Reception on Saturday, November 4, 2017. For ticket information, email or call 484.596.5607.