22nd Annual Art Ability Exhibition & Sale, Malvern, PA
Preview Reception: November 4, 2017
Public Exhibit: November 5, 2017 – January 28, 2018

 

On display in the corridors of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Art Ability features art and fine crafts by artists with physical, cognitive, hearing and visual impairments. The season kicks off with the opening night Preview Reception held at the hospital with proceeds benefitting 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.

The annual, international juried Art Ability exhibition and sale is twelve-weeks in length. 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.

A stringent, two-step jurying process ensures that Art Ability presents highly professional artwork, demonstrating the strength of artistic talent within the disabled community. The first step is led by the Art Ability Curator and includes reviewing the submitted images and choosing the artwork for the exhibition. The second step includes esteemed jurors 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.

Inquiries: artability@mlhs.org or 484.596.5607
 

2017 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 & Chief Curator of Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA, 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.

                   
A.M. Weaver                   Nancy Campbell                  Aime Potsic

 

2016 Artist Awards

Art Ability also offers over $7,000 in cash awards for works selected by a panel of esteemed judges.  We are able to award such generous prizes thanks to contributions from board and community members.  Each year we receive excited messages from our artists who have learned that their artwork has been awarded a prize.

“What a wonderful surprise and honor to receive this award from the Art Ability Exhibition for 2014.  It was truly unexpected and very much appreciated.  Being recognized in this way validates and legitimizes my passion for this art form of making beauty out of discarded materials.  Thank you very much, Karen.”

 

Best In Show
Lynne Bowden
Hidden Master 

Charles W. Hennessy Artist Award
with proceeds from the Charles W. Hennessy Art Ability Endowment Fund
 

Judge’s Choice
Selected by Stacie Brennan
Denise Tarantino
Portrait of a Screaming Goat

The Doris B. Gorden Award
with proceeds from The Doris B. Gorden
Art Ability Endowment Fund
 

Judge’s Choice
Selected by Ernel Martinez

Beth Gotfried

Goddess in the Footlights

The Kane/ Meyers Memorial Award
Presented By Robert and Mary Meyers
 

Judge’s Choice
Selected by Lisa Murch
Carol Foerster
The Wind

The Lillian, Paul and Martha Eckard
Memorial Award
Presented By the Eckard Family
 

Mixed Media
First Prize

Alyson Vega
Fruit, Feather & Film

In Memory of Lois Levy
Presented By Susan Christie

Mixed Media
Second Prize

Linnie Greenberg
Elephant in the City

In Memory of Pennie Marx-Bellard
Presented By Jeanne B. Fisher

Mixed Media
Third Prize

Dawn Klug
Art Deco Rug

 In Appreciation of
the BMRH Staff
 Presented By
Linda W. Heiberger

 

Mixed Media
Honorable Mention

Han Huisman
More Letters From the East

The Marc Shames Memorial Award

Presented By
Sal and Linda Panasci

Works on Paper
First Prize

Charles Blackwell
Rhasaan Roland Kirk Downstairs at Basement

In Memory of Jacqueline Van Handel
Presented By Jeanne B. Fisher
Works on Paper
Second Prize

Tony Lazorko
"What's For Dinner?"

The James and Carmela Panasci Memorial Award
Presented By
Sal and Linda Panasci

Works on Paper
Third Prize

Nancy Alter
Soul

The Elise Panasci Memorial Award
Presented By
Sal and Linda Panasci

 

Works on Paper
Honorable Mention

Julie Kring-Schreifels
Ghost Ranch

Presented By
Linda and Michael Ridpath

Photography
First Prize

Megan Bent
The Space Between Us

The Thomas and Harriet Blank Award
Presented By Jeanne B. Fisher

Photography
Second Prize

Joan Bowers
Estuary with Fog

The John Schwartz Family Memorial Award
Presented By Sal and Linda Panasci

Photography
Third Prize

Ellen Cantor
Raggedy Andy

The William L. McLaughlin Award
Presented By Ruth Porritt

 

Photography
Honorable Mention

Allen Bryan
Ruthie Appears for Coffee

Presented By The McTear Family
 

Works on Canvas, Linen,
and Board First Prize

Kathryn Noska
Keeping Step


The Elaine Reber Memorial Award
Presented By
Sal and Linda Panasci

Works on Canvas, Linen,
and Board Second Prize

Ginger Gehres
Feeling Crabby 2015
 

In Honor of Lauren McGowan
Presented By Brian and Peggy Jones


Works on Canvas, Linen,
and Board Third Prize

David Race
Railroad Bridge in Coffeeville, MS


The Marjorie Wallace Memorial Award
Presented By Sal and Linda Panasci
 


Works on Canvas, Linen,
and Board Honorable Mention

Larine Chung
Awakening
 

In Honor of Gaudencia Patacsil
Presented By
Rod and Cristine Largoza

 

Sculpture and 3D Work
First Prize

David Gerbstadt
Bell Hop Room 710

The Elliot T. Settle Memorial Award
Presented By The Settle Family

Sculpture and 3D Work
Second Prize

Romaine Samworth
The Out-Door Crooner
 

In Memory of Ralph and Carmen Terrazas
Presented By Brian and Peggy Jones

Sculpture and 3D Work
Third Prize

Betsy Clayton
Chinese Dog


The Stephen J. DiOrio, CLU, ChFC Agency, State Farm Award
Presented By Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. DiOrio

Sculpture and 3D Work
Honorable Mention

R. Jane Bouchard
Small Sailing


In Honor of Shirley L. Gerard
Presented By
Rod and Cristine Largoza

 

Fine Crafts and Jewelry
First Prize

Martha Cowden
Lots of Loops
 

Presented By Stephano Slack, LLC

Fine Crafts and Jewelry
Second Prize

Jay Raskin
Bowl of Quills
 

In Memory of Fred Stern
Presented By Brian and Peggy Jones

Fine Crafts and Jewelry
Third Prize

Dick Wexelblat
Burly


In Memory of Edna and Leighton McKeithen
Presented By Diane and Mac McKeithen

Fine Crafts and Jewelry
Honorable Mention

Marilyn Lavins
Glazed Egg Carton Vase
 

Presented By Stephano Slack, LLC

 

Special Category
Water
First Prize

Eric Stampfli
Jane Magnolia 13


Presented By Stephano Slack, LLC

Special Category
Water
Second Prize

Marilyn Lavins
Spring Garden Bridge


In Memory of Graham and Barry Boose
Presented By Brian and Peggy Jones

Special Category
Water
Third Prize

Max Tzinman
Water #2


The Evans Family Award
Presented By Scott and Lara Evans
 

Special Category 
Water
Honorable Mention

Robert Flatt
Ducks Taking Off


Presented By Stephano Slack, LLC