Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Leaf Collage


Vickie was an equestrian who loved the outdoors.  This leaf collage was donated in her memory to the MDA Art Collection by MDA Clinic Director, Archer D. Huott.

Its Not Like Before

Gay received a B.S. degree from Utah State University and an M.A. in Art Education from Brigham Young University.  She worked in the film industry for 12 years as an artist and set decorator.  This artwork was created when Gay’s neck muscles began to weaken.  The bent neck expresses what was happening to her body.

Grand Cayman Archway

Michael worked as a process control system designer and project manager for several years, but is now creating photo realistic digital paintings.  He is virtually a quadriplegic and used a head pointer and a switch near his cheek to finish this artwork.  Michael’s interests include astrophysics, quantum mechanics, American history and bird watching.

I Have Seen the Future

This work commemorates a piece Gary created showing himself in a wheelchair and using a ventilator – seven years before his diagnosis of ALS.  He received a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Southwest Missouri State University, and a master’s in fine art from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore.  Gary began creating paintings and sculptures in high school.  His works have been eFxhibited in numerous galleries and museums.

Heaven on a Summer Night


Bill was a retired high school teacher and author of two plays and a children’s novel. This painting was inspired by Bill’s interest in baseball and memories of attending evening games.  He donated two other paintings to the Art Collection.

Head Turner


Erin is a former actress and singer.  She uses a computer with special software that allows her to write and create artwork via a sensor taped to her forehead.  This artwork reflects physical changes as a result of ALS.

Have Wheels will Travel


Katy earned a master’s degree in communication from the University of Wyoming.  In 2003, she and her sister and their husbands traveled to Las Vegas and spent four days touring the countryside.  The painting commemorates that trip.  It shows the artist’s “wheels,” those of her Convaid Convertible (a convertible wheelchair/stroller) and their Heritage Softail Classic and Sportster 883 Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Forged Iron Sculpture

Douglas graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.  He taught sculpture and design at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for many years and also became a blacksmith.  After opening his own forge business in Lesterville, his nickname was “Dr. Iron.”  Douglas received the Robert Ross 2007 MDA Personal Achievement Award for Missouri.

Flip Flop # 5


Harry was an accomplished artist in various mediums.  He received a Master of Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked in graphic design.  Harry’s works have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums and several pieces have been seen internationally

Clown Quartet


Monty had been drawing since childhood and began painting in 1990 after retiring from the textile industry.  He specialized in painting people, especially children, and loved to paint clowns and other happy characters.  Monty won many awards and his paintings have been exhibited throughout Florida.