23rd Annual Art Ability Exhibition & Sale, Malvern, PA
Preview Reception: November 3, 2018
Public Exhibit: November 4, 2018 – January 27, 2019

 

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



2018 Judges

Roberta Fallon
Roberta Fallon is an artist and writer and the co-founder of the online arts publication, Artblog, where she is now Editor and Executive Director. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Philadelphia Weekly, Artnet, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewhere, and she has taught or been a visiting critic at Tyler School of Art, University of the Arts, Moore College of Art and Design, St. Joseph’s University, and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Fallon has juried or curated exhibits for The Delaware Contemporary, York College of Pennsylvania and elsewhere. In 2008, Fallon received an honorary doctorate in the arts from Moore College of Art and Design, for her work with Artblog.

Angela McQuillan
Angela McQuillan is a Philadelphia-based artist and curator working at the intersection of science and art. She holds degrees in both Biology and Painting, and has ten years of experience working as a scientist in various roles including academic research and pharmaceuticals. To this date, McQuillan has curated over 30 art exhibitions relating to science and technology, and four of these have been by internationally recognized artists working with biological media. McQuillan currently works as both the Curator at the Esther Klein Gallery, and the Director of the University City Science Center’s BioArt Residency which she founded in 2017. Her work has been featured in prominent publications such as The New York Times, Forbes and SciArt in America.

Lee Stoetzel
Lee Stoetzel is an artist and Director and Co-Curator of the West Collection at the financial services firm SEI in Oaks, PA. For the last 22 years, he has worked with the West family as they’ve built a 3,500 work (700 artists) contemporary collection. Stoetzel has worked to introduce contemporary art to SEI and its visitors, as well as to help with loans and partnerships to major museums all over the world and partners in the Philadelphia region. Through installations, tours, an approach to showing contemporary art in a corporate setting, and through public loaned installations at various venues, Stoetzel and SEI work to continually create a surprising art experience.



2018 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.  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
Samuel Dietze

String Theory

Charles W. Hennessy Artist Award
Presented by The Charles W. Hennessy Art Ability Endowment Fund
 

Judge’s Choice
Selected by Roberta Fallon
Debra Hope Colligan
Our Island (Nantucket)

The Doris B. Gorden Award
Presented By The Doris B. Gorden
Art Ability Endowment Fund
 

Judge’s Choice
Selected by Angela McQuillan

Samuel Dietze
Alaska Aurora

In Honor of Carol Chapman
Presented By Stephano Slack
 

Judge’s Choice
Selected by Lee Stoezel
Han Huisman
Queen's Mary Bath

John Schwartz, Jr.
Family Memorial Award
Presented By Sal and Linda Panasci
 

Mixed Media
First Prize

Nancy Cook Smith
Boats Everywhere

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

Mixed Media
Second Prize

Rora Blue
8:22pm (5:01 Series)

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

Mixed Media
Third Prize

Siddhartha Sankar Sukla
Time Square City

 The Evans Family Award
 Presented By Scott and Lara Evans

 

Mixed Media
Honorable Mention

Megan Bent
Megan (self portrait)

The McTear Family Award
Presented ByBrian and Allyson McTear

Works on Paper
First Prize

Susanne Dagmar Olsen
TOM

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


Works on Paper
Second Prize

Kelvin Belt
Untitled

Robert Volpe Memorial Award
Presented By Sal and Linda Panasci

Works on Paper
Third Prize

Marie Kelly
Rowing on the Night River

Presented By Ruth Porritt


Works on Paper
Honorable Mention

John Hassler
Grand Slam

Presented by Stephano Slack

Photography
First Prize

Allen Bryan
Blind Man's Bluff

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

Photography
Second Prize

Maureen Collins
Mantis Mandala - InterWeavings

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

Photography
Third Prize

Ken Smith
Leaves

In Appreciation to the 
Bryn Mawr Rehab Staff

Presented By Linda W. Heiberger

 

Photography
Honorable Mention

Lynn Clinger
Birds + Spring

Carrie Schwartz Memorial Award
Presented By Sal and Linda Panasci
 

Works on Canvas, Linen,
and Board First Prize

Han Huisman
Duddingstone - Edinburgh Scotland


In Memory of Jacqueline Van Handel
Presented By Jeanne B. Fisher

Works on Canvas, Linen,
and Board Second Prize

Thomas Dillon
Stature
 

In Honor of Lauren McGowan
Presented By Brian and Peggy Jones

 

Works on Canvas, Linen,
and Board Third Prize

Carol Spiker
The Snowy Day



Presented By Ruth Porritt
 

 

Works on Canvas, Linen,
and Board Honorable Mention

Kathryn Noska
Sphere of Kindred Spirits
 


Presented By Stephano Slack, LLC

 

Sculpture and 3D Work
First Prize

Raymond McAdams
 Untitled 3

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

Sculpture and 3D Work
Second Prize

Ron Hollingshead
Backboard

In Memory of Fred Stern
Presented By Brian and Peggy Jones

Sculpture and 3D Work
Third Prize

William Spiker
Vulcan Steampunk Gunboat

The Kozicki Family Award
Presented By Jean Kozicki

Sculpture and 3D Work
Honorable Mention

Maxine Rosen
Hangin' Out in Style

In Memory of Robert L. Rotoli
Presented By Janet Rotoli

 

Fine Craft and Jewelry
First Prize

Brian Cagle
In It's Grip


In Memory of Mitch Lyons
Presented By The 5 Senses

Fine Craft and Jewelry
Second Prize

Joy Raskin
A Thorny Dilemma 
 

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

Fine Craft and Jewelry
Third Prize

Christine Severson
Woven With Love The Necklace


In Memory of Art Ability Artists
Romaine Samworth and Tony Lazorka
Presented By Brian and Peggy Jones

Fine Craft and Jewelry
Honorable Mention

Christine Profico
Double Band Rough Cut
Black Garnet Ring

In Honor of CJC
Presented By Janet Rotoli

 

Special Category
Healing
First Prize

David Gerbstadt
Overcoming I Can't


The Bob and Joan Constable
Memorial Award
Presented By The Constable Family

Special Category
Healing
Second Prize

Patricia Goodrich
A Slice of Orange II


In Honor of Claire Larson
Presented By Brian and Peggy Jones

Special Category
Healing
Third Prize

Tara Cronin
Healing by Tara Cronin


In Memory of Joseph A Hirshbuhl, Jr.
Presented By Joanne Hill
 

Special Category 
Healing
Honorable Mention

Hal Moran
Healing by Hal Moran


In Memory of Rose Rondinelli
 Presented By The Largoza Family