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.
Harry was an accomplished artist in various mediums. He received a Master of Fine Arts 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.
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 was created using the Microsoft Paint program.
Angelo became a nature and wildlife photographer and writer in 1997. A year later, he received a diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), but has continued to travel and publish marvelous works. His magazine photo credits include Nature Photographer, Natural History and MDA’s Quest.
Dorothy received a master’s degree in library science and has retired from her career of 25 years as a medical librarian. She has been painting off and on for 20 years. Dorothy was the Oregon state recipient of the Robert Ross MDA Personal Achievement Award in 2008. In addition to painting, her hobbies include reading and researching medical questions.
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 arts from Southwest Missouri State University, and a master’s degree in fine arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore. Gary began creating paintings and sculptures in high school. His works have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums.
Bill was a retired high school teacher, and author of two plays and a children’s novel. This artwork was inspired by Bill’s interest in baseball and his admiration of Lou Gehrig, who retired from baseball in 1939 after receiving a diagnosis of ALS. Bill painted this work by holding the paintbrush in his mouth. He donated two other paintings to the Art Collection.
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 became “Dr. Iron.” Douglas received the Robert Ross 2007 MDA Personal Achievement Award for Missouri.