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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

 

  • Point Piños Light

    Mike ShirkInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Wild Wonderful West Virginia

    Shirlene RobinsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Mental Chaos

    Mandi Zeiler ZiinoSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Good Birds

    Rob MyersSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self Portrait - Gabe Montez

    Gabe MontezFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Happy Hanukkah

    K Edgar SwadosCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Cougar at Rest

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • The Final Frontier

    Ryan SannerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Miss Millie

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Looking a Head

    Wilson LongDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Untitled - Elizabeth Hume

    Elizabeth HumeMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Blue Spruce

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Summer Sun

    Jean WatsonMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Untitled - Kane Urban

    Kane UrbanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Imagination Station

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Self Portrait - Timmy Greeson

    Timmy GreesonMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Joy

    Jared T. SmithDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Bavarian Reflection

    Mario DamianiBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Forth Right

    Cathleen Cato GivanCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Flip Flop # 5

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Fishing Buddies

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Four Puppets

    Chris WeeksDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Bearing Gifts

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Girls Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Lilacs for Olivia

    Michael HudeckiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Brave Men and Women

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Quiet

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Untitled - Alex Villareal

    Alex VillarealDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Sing Out

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Down By the Lake

    David CasnerLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Fierce Hope

    Raymond WestALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Untitled - Tammie Groth

    Tammie GrothSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • God with Us

    Elisabeth HowellSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Giraffes at Sunset

    Elsha StocksethSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Alan Pappalardo

    Alan PappalardoCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • A Sign of Fall

    Jennifer Sovine RosmanCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • A Collection of Albany

    Matthew CanfieldCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Vortex

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Boys Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Grandpas Pride

    Lacy GustafsonMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Stargazer

    Dorothy O'BrienALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • 4 Pottery Vases

    Various Artists

  • What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs!

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Contellation Gemini

    Nick BiddlingmeierBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Waves of Life

    Erin KimballSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Oriental Birds

    Kerri BraunSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Doilie Symphony II

    Elisabeth Preble MorleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Winter Sunset

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Northern Lights

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Diamond in the Sunset

    Amber StockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • First Date

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Sunset

    Sarah Mac IsaacCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Nina de Alicante

    Luis BaezPolymyositis (PM)

  • Pawleys Island

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Sarah Volante

    Sarah VolanteCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • My Fathers Tulips

    Michael KoesterSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Waikiki Moon

    Robert HarmsALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Self Portrait - Omar Reyes

    Omar ReyesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Purple Truck

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Flower Power

    Aubrey OlsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Untitled - Brad Chidester

    Brad ChidesterSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sunset at Lake Estes

    Charles MotisherLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Free to Fly

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Flowers for Gladys

    John AyersFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • The Jetty

    Les WoolleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Orphan

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Aquarius

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Clown Quartet

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Lady Di

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Teddy Bear

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Coler

    Lauren SanfordCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Still Life

    William Bill RinaldiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Nativity

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Awesome Adventures

    Reagan ImhoffSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Hanging Out V

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Won't Back Down, 9-11

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • White Barn

    James JohnsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Crimson Dusk

    Stephen BlankenshipFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Lone Tree

    Tom WilliamsALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Engraved Tile

    Kevin KageSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Delight in His Beauty

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Autumn On the Farm

    Tod StaskaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Winter in the Valley

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • MDA Summer Camp Mokuleia Hawaii

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self Portrait - Mark Sias

    Mark SiasBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Welcome

    Barbara TwardowskiCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Siamese Fighting Fish

    Shelley RobinsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Heaven on a Summer Night

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Peace Flower

    Patrick HarrisFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Days Gone By

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Barn in the Meadow

    Karen Greene FrazierFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Wine Country

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Northern New England

    Edward T. RobinsonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Forged Iron Sculpture

    Forged Iron SculptureALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Shelter

    Jean WatsonMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • 5 Small Bronzes

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Mountain Stream

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

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