29th Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale

We are excited to celebrate the 29th year of Art Ability at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

29th Annual Exhibition and Sale

Sunday, November 3, 2024 – Sunday, January 26, 2025
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

Our call for entry will open in mid April and run through June 30, 2024. If you would like to receive an email when the call opens, please email [email protected] with your name and email and we will gladly add you to our list. View more details and requirements regarding the call for entry

Save the Date

We are pleased to announce the entire Art Ability celebration will be returning to campus this year. On Saturday, November 2, 2024, we will kick off the preview party with a reception throughout the halls of the hospital, immediately followed by a fundraising dinner and auction under the tent. Please save the date for this special event.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital's Art Ability

Art Ability: past and present

Art Ability offers a unique and accessible venue for artists with disabilities to display and sell their work. In addition to supporting Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital's vision and mission to advocate for those with disabilities in our community while advancing the artistic and financial success of artists with disabilities, the art in the exhibition is used daily to motivate and treat patients at the Hospital.

Art Ability began at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in 1996 as an eight-week exhibit and sale of work by artists with disabilities. Now, in addition to the annual exhibitions, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is an actively collecting institution whose permanent collection of over 500 objects is on display throughout the year serving as a showcase for, and celebration of, artists with disabilities.

At its inception, the annual exhibition and sale included approximately 40 participating artists and 200 pieces of artwork displayed. The most recent exhibitions featured more than 400 pieces of art, sculpture and jewelry by 200 artists from around the globe.

Art Ability includes the following major components: a twelve-week annual, international juried exhibition and sale of art and fine crafts produced by individuals with disabilities held each fall; community outreach and education opportunities including satellite exhibitions and interactive demo days; our permanent collection of artwork and the incorporation of artwork into the patient experience; and a corporate art acquisition program.

In 2000, Art Ability was named a Keystone of Accessibility by Governor Tom Ridge and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, one of only 12 arts organizations so honored. In recognition of its efforts, Art Ability was a recipient of a 2009 Inglis Award for Continuing Excellence from the Inglis Foundation. This award honors the performance of non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia region that enhance the quality of life for people with physical disabilities.

Artists receive 80 percent of proceeds from the sale of their pieces, with 20 percent earmarked to support the Hospital's nationally-recognized patient treatment programs.

We welcome any artist interested in participating to contact us at [email protected] or call 484.596.5607 to provide your name and contact information for our mailing list.