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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

 

  • When I Grow Up

    Mariana KrawczakInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Oh Bug Where Are You

    Renee GranadeSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Summer at the Cape

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • MDA Summer Camp Mokuleia Hawaii

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Artists Brushes In Sunlight

    Howard FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Red Rose Ascending

    Maxine MeyerALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Autumn

    Craig WildermanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • From Russia with Love

    Lynette BattlesMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Vortex

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Dolphin

    Austin WilburnDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Its Wheely Art II

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Sea Lion

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Walk on the Beach

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Winter Sepia Gold

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sunflowers

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Winter Wonderland

    Keith StoutMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Nina de Alicante

    Luis BaezPolymyositis (PM)

  • Dr.Glass

    Ferdinand RoccantiMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Flowers for Gladys

    John AyersFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Hanging Geranium

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Fishing Buddies

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Possibilities

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • A Sign of Fall

    Jennifer Sovine RosmanCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • In Our Hands

    Brian GrohMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Siamese Fighting Fish

    Shelley RobinsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Celebrate the Day

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Bud

    June Marie SchneiderCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Desert Sunset

    David CasnerLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Turtle

    Christopher BrownCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Carnival

    Kenneth TurnerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • This Baby Shines

    Craig WildermanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Fairy of Hope

    Reagan ImhoffSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Amusement Park

    Andrew CameronBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Conch Shell at Beach 2

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Aspen Colorado

    Ruth BruenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Isaac Lovely

    Isaac LovelyMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Untitled - Lisa Booth-Henry

    Lisa Booth-HenryCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Come Fly with Me

    Martin LauerMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • A Bird

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Northern New England

    Edward T. RobinsonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Copper Engravings

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • The Cello Player

    Frank BareInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Concept Car

    Kyle BrodbeckDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Garden

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pause at Sandy Brook Pond

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Ray of Hope

    Dustin BorlackInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Summer Camp

    Amanda AucoinSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Coler

    Lauren SanfordCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Jerry Lewis

    John GilbertDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Challenges We Don't Face

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Bikes

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Camp Fun

    Alexis VillaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Puzzle Pattern Number 2

    Kathleen ZimakSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self Portrait - Omar Reyes

    Omar ReyesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Oriental Birds

    Kerri BraunSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pawleys Island

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Abstract Puzzle

    Matt GrenierDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Frightening Lightning

    Blanche CubaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • HMS Bounty

    Paul TopkinFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Self-Portrait - Milda Vizbar

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Still Life

    William Bill RinaldiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Orphan

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Shawl

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Baby Angel

    Benjamin PerezInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • 5 Small Bronzes

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Welcome

    Barbara TwardowskiCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs!

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Electric Miles

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Cheerful Snowman

    Benjamin KramichDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Christmas Memories

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Clown Fish

    Kerri BraunSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Susan Kinney

    Susan KinneyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Scenic Wonder

    Murray BullockPolymyositis (PM)

  • Weeping Willows

    Christopher JohnsonDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Fishing

    Shawna BormanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Puffin

    Amber Lowenstein-WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Freedom, Fun and Friendship

    Abbey UmaliCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Untitled - Brad Chidester

    Brad ChidesterSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Winter Sunset

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Self-Portrait - Laura Robles

    Laura RoblesDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Explosion

    Julie LongLambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS)

  • Days End

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Untitled - Trevor Schaid

    Trevor SchaidSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Dinosaurs on the Move

    Peter TachenyDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Japanese Scene

    Jason BaringerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Have Wheels will Travel

    Katy HinckleyALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Ajo Historical Society

    Jose CarballoLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Things That I Remember

    Jack MaccolemanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Mountain Stream

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Girls Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • God with Us

    Elisabeth HowellSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Hornet

    Christian CowieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Crimson Dusk

    Stephen BlankenshipFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • A Forest of Fun

    Various Artists

  • Miss Millie

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Kane Urban

    Kane UrbanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Carol Bruins

    Carol BruinsMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

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