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Art Ability Celebrates Art by Artists With Disabilities

Art Ability began at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in 1996 as an eight-week exhibition and sale of work by artists with disabilities. Now, in addition to its annual exhibition (now 12 weeks long), Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is an actively collecting institution whose permanent collection of over 300 objects is on display throughout the year. The permanent collection and year-round sales gallery serve as a showcase for and celebration of artists with disabilities. It is also the country’s largest international juried exhibition and sale of art and fine crafts created by artists with cognitive, physical, hearing and visual disabilities

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 further their progress in recovering from a life-altering illness or injury.

Art Ability’s 20th annual exhibition and sale opens with a preview reception on Saturday, November 7. Last month, three judges from the local arts community reviewed all the work in this year’s exhibition and awarded over $7,000 in cash prizes; award winners will be announced at the preview reception. This year’s exhibition will feature more than 400 pieces of art by nearly 200 international and national artists.

The 20th Annual Exhibition and Sale will run from November 8 through January 31, 2016 at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, 414 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355.

Volunteers are always needed to help with Art Ability in various ways. Activities include unpacking, inventory and organization, installation, de-installing and repacking the artwork.

If you or someone you know is interested in helping, please contact Yvonne Navarro-Brewer, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 484.596.5599.

Art Ability is also a Project Stream grantee. Learn more about the program at