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Art Collection

The Muscular Dystrophy Association Art Collection was established in 1992 to highlight the achievements of artists with disabilities and to emphasize that physical disability is no barrier to creativity. The collection, on display in MDA offices across the country, comprises 400 original works by adults and children who have muscular dystrophy, ALS or a related life-threatening disease MDA supports. Artists in the collection represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and range in age from 2 to 84 when the artwork was created.

The MDA Art Collection is one of the most varied collections in America. The versatility attests to the imagination and talent of the artists. The collection features unusual artistic media, from digital designs to collages with corn, to paint applied with wheelchair wheels and human feet. There are also many works in more traditional oils, watercolors, acrylics, pen and ink, crayons, pastels, bronze, ceramics and photography.

Subject matter ranges from self-portraits to landscapes, and from still lifes to outer space fantasies.

In addition to showcasing the work of talented artists who are affected by neuromuscular diseases, MDA's Art Collection allows the artists to articulate their distinctive vision of living with a disability.

The Culture of Disability

The MDA Art Collection illustrates the emergence of artists with a sense of pride in their experiences, including those as people with disabilities. Their work is an important element in, and vehicle for, the unique culture of disability. These works provide kids and adults served by MDA with the opportunity to visually communicate their experiences with neuromuscular disease.

Exhibits

MDA Art Collection exhibits are initiated by either MDA or the host location. All exhibits are underwritten by the participating facility or by corporate/individual sponsors.

Exhibits typically consist of 20 to 40 works and vary in duration from about four to eight weeks. The curator selects the works to be shown at each individual venue. Some exhibits emphasize range and diversity while others have a specific focus (e.g., landscapes, self-portraits, etc.).

Selected art from the collection has been exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art; Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center and The Forbes Collection in New York; Tucson Museum of Art; Bishop Museum in Honolulu; Chicago Public Library; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art; Los Angeles Children's Museum; JFK Center at Vanderbilt University, Nashville; Fresno Metropolitan Museum; Duluth Art Institute; Capital Children's Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn, Mich.; and Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

To date, the MDA Art Collection has been viewed by more than 3.5 million people nationwide.

Support the Art Collection

The Muscular Dystrophy Association welcomes your support of our Art Collection and our efforts to find research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults form day one and provide services and support for families in hometowns across America. MDA's programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors and generous organizations. Contributions to MDA are tax deductible.

For more information about sponsorship of the MDA Art Collection or any other aspect of the collection, please contact:

MDA Art Collection
6400 E. Grant Rd. #170
Tucson, AZ 85715
(520) 529-5305
communityprograms@mdausa.org

 

  • Leaf Collage

    Vickie GrahamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Cooking Up a Storm

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Spring is Here

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Patio

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Rollin Round Wyoming

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Clown Quartet

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Its Wheely Art

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • St. Louis Skyline

    Charles MarksLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Alex Villareal

    Alex VillarealDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Heaven on a Summer Night

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Dragonflies

    Fred SiwakALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Lean on Me When You're Not Strong

    Lois LewisALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Weeping Willows

    Christopher JohnsonDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Skeletal Study in Wheelchair

    Gerald Jean-PierreSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Bud

    June Marie SchneiderCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Sunflowers

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Arizona

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Concept Car

    Kyle BrodbeckDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Jetty

    Les WoolleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Under the Sea

    Destiny SanchezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Tenacious Leaf

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Tennessee Dolls

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Vortex

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Rainbow Love

    Alyssa SchwartzenburgSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Teddy Bear

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Purple Truck

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Pumpkins

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • From Russia with Love

    Lynette BattlesMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Swing Batta Batta Swing

    Daniel PadillaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Christina Lara

    Christina LaraFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Self-Portrait - Isaac Lovely

    Isaac LovelyMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Christmas Memories

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Lilacs for Olivia

    Michael HudeckiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • The Birthday Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Summer Camp in the City

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Shooting for Hope

    Bryson FosterDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Puzzle Pattern Number 2

    Kathleen ZimakSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • MDA Summer Camp Mokuleia Hawaii

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Ferrari

    Kyle BrodbeckDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Owl Team Six

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Scenic Wonder

    Murray BullockPolymyositis (PM)

  • Sunset Dip

    Luke Christie

  • Rainbow Colored Flowers

    Jonathan HassInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Presents by The Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Happy Hanukkah

    K Edgar SwadosCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • White Bursts into Green

    Mark PlocharczykSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Hornet

    Christian CowieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self Portrait - Mackenzie Dreppard

    Mackenzie DreppardSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Miss Millie

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Naomi

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Bavarian Reflection

    Mario DamianiBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Seascape

    Russell HammondSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Girls Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Stargazer

    Dorothy O'BrienALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Fishing

    Shawna BormanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • 2011 Lexus GX-460 Premium

    Dhruv PrasadDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee

    Ashley DabbsSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Come Fly with Me

    Martin LauerMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Giraffes at Sunset

    Elsha StocksethSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Garden

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Christmas Dinner

    MaryAnn MillerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Untitled - Gregory Josh Montigny

    Gregory Josh MontignySpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Young Jerry

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • The Dancing House

    Alex VargasDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Days End

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Its Not Like Before

    Gay Lauritzen-AppleberryALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Tranquility

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Winter Sepia Gold

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Under the Aloha Sea

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Untitled - Brad Chidester

    Brad ChidesterSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Scribe

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Ajo Historical Society

    Jose CarballoLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Kane Urban

    Kane UrbanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Bees On Sunflower

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Flowerbox Window #2

    Jessica M. KellerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Self-Portrait - Laura Robles

    Laura RoblesDermatomyositis (DM)

  • The Singing Snowmen

    Sarah EamesMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Sunset

    Sarah Mac IsaacCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • God with Us

    Elisabeth HowellSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Moon Over Mountains

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Hanging Out V

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Passageway

    Dean WaltenburgBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • La Wall Mural

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Grand Cayman Archway

    Michael BougherALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Old Barn

    Dan BeacomeALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Cheerful Snowman

    Benjamin KramichDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Still Life

    William Bill RinaldiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Zeeland

    Dwain SmithLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Rhinoceros, Kenya, 2001

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Blue Spruce

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Barn in the Meadow

    Karen Greene FrazierFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Fairy of Hope

    Reagan ImhoffSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Knit Work

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Star Team

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • The Raging River

    David IngersollDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • House by the River

    Sebastian SprengSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • African Safari

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Self-Portrait - Michelle Lorenzini

    Michelle LorenziniFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Sing Out

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

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