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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

 

  • Portrait of Jerry Lewis

    Chrystal BatesSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The First Day of Harvest

    Charles ReedDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Summertime at Camp Maria

    Darren GuestCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Good Tidings of Great Joy

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • The Cello Player

    Frank BareInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Turtle

    Christopher BrownCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Fierce Hope

    Raymond WestALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Head Turner

    Erin WorshamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Quiet Harbor

    Mike ShirkInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Kohala Coast

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • 4 Pottery Vases

    Various Artists

  • Artists Brushes In Sunlight

    Howard FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Orphan

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The World in Chaos

    Tomas DiazDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Chasing Windmills

    Ruth RubinsteinMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Walk on the Beach

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • The Happy Biker

    David BrunnerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Laura Robles

    Laura RoblesDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Coler

    Lauren SanfordCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Brave Men and Women

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • HMS Bounty

    Paul TopkinFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Hornet

    Christian CowieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Christmas Tree

    Kerry RionFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Boy in Red

    Sherry CoeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Summer Camp

    Amanda AucoinSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Waves of Life

    Erin KimballSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Kane Urban

    Kane UrbanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Race to the Summit

    Petr WronskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • El Santuario de Chimayo

    Melecio FresquezFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Untitled - Sarah Volante

    Sarah VolanteCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Grandpas Pride

    Lacy GustafsonMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Snow Owl

    Karen WheelerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self-Portrait - Milda Vizbar

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Abstract Puzzle

    Matt GrenierDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • On Guard

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • The Texas Inn

    Janice CampbellMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Delight in His Beauty

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Untitled - Lee Breidenbach

    Lee BreidenbachCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Camp Fun

    Alexis VillaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Moon Over Mountains

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Inca Messenger

    Kelsey SeegerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Young Jerry

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Pyramids in Outer Space

    Graham LaBellaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • St. Louis Skyline

    Charles MarksLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Crossroads

    Ryan SannerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • 5 Masks

    Various Artists

  • Cuddly Christmas Bear

    Shane BourqueBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Tree of Life

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Water Lily Study II

    Jay McMahanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Autumn

    Craig WildermanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self Portrait - Gabe Montez

    Gabe MontezFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Red Rose Ascending

    Maxine MeyerALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • In Our Hands

    Brian GrohMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Purple Truck

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Singing Snowmen

    Sarah EamesMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Self-Portrait - Isaac Lovely

    Isaac LovelyMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Dragonflies

    Fred SiwakALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Flowerbox Window #2

    Jessica M. KellerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Braid Of Gold

    Barbara DanielsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Its Wheely Art II

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Sunset at Camp Marie

    Mathew MurdockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Its Wheely Art

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Self-Portrait - Christian Reynolds

    Christian ReynoldsDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Good Birds

    Rob MyersSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Walk at Your Own Pace

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • White Barn

    James JohnsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Blue Portrait

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Arizona

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Sunset Dip

    Luke Christie

  • Sunset Under the Pier

    Lynn UptonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • I Have Seen the Future

    Gary SpradlingALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Sea Lion

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Heaven on a Summer Night

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Things That I Remember

    Jack MaccolemanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Greystone Castle

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Silent Thoughts

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Copper Engravings

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Woods

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Northern New England

    Edward T. RobinsonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Pride of the Yankees

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • I Believe

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Joy

    Jared T. SmithDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Sunflowers

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Wheelchair Dancing

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Tenacious Leaf

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Have Wheels will Travel

    Katy HinckleyALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Giraffes at Sunset

    Elsha StocksethSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Bud

    June Marie SchneiderCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Wave - #10

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Jerry Lewis

    John GilbertDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Hanging Out III

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Fictional Friend

    Daniel GregoryCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • End of the Line

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Friends

    T.C. (Troy) BlackburnDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Clown Fish

    Kerri BraunSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Boys Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Aftershocks Highway 17

    Diane-Louise ScherFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

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