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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

 

  • Water Lily Study II

    Jay McMahanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • La Wall Mural

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Cheerful Snowman

    Benjamin KramichDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Star Team

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Pyramids in Outer Space

    Graham LaBellaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • 4 Pottery Vases

    Various Artists

  • Carnival

    Kenneth TurnerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs!

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Lone Tree

    Tom WilliamsALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Naomi

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Snow Owl

    Karen WheelerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self-Portrait - Michelle Lorenzini

    Michelle LorenziniFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Tennessee Dolls

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Sunset Under the Pier

    Lynn UptonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Artists Brushes In Sunlight

    Howard FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • On Guard

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Self Portrait - Omar Reyes

    Omar ReyesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self Portrait - Gabe Montez

    Gabe MontezFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Four Puppets

    Chris WeeksDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Wild Wonderful West Virginia

    Shirlene RobinsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Northern New England

    Edward T. RobinsonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Jungle Fun

    Crystal NegronMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Summer Camp

    Amanda AucoinSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Bavarian Reflection

    Mario DamianiBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Coler

    Lauren SanfordCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Solitude Over the Shaded Villiage

    Joshua BeeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Rhinoceros, Kenya, 2001

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Self-Portrait - Christian Reynolds

    Christian ReynoldsDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Cooking Up a Storm

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Untitled - Stacey Wilson

    Stacey WilsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • These Stairs Intrigue Me

    Patrick HarrisFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Boys Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Have Wheels will Travel

    Katy HinckleyALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Cello Player

    Frank BareInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Prince of the Desert

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Bud

    June Marie SchneiderCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • In Our Hands

    Brian GrohMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Self-Portrait - Julian Dombrowski

    Julian DombrowskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Winter Sepia Gold

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Rainbow Love

    Alyssa SchwartzenburgSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sunset Dip

    Luke Christie

  • Untitled - Gregory Josh Montigny

    Gregory Josh MontignySpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • When I Grow Up

    Mariana KrawczakInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • The First Day of Harvest

    Charles ReedDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Dolphin

    Austin WilburnDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Seascape

    Russell HammondSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Orphan

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Steaming to the Setting Sun

    Ben B. MathewsLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Diamond in the Sunset

    Amber StockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Red Rose Ascending

    Maxine MeyerALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Christmas Dinner

    MaryAnn MillerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Swing Batta Batta Swing

    Daniel PadillaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Days End

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Lady Di

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Free to Fly

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Summer Retreat

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • This Baby Shines

    Craig WildermanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Flip Flop # 5

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • STS 63 and Me

    Ken JaschSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • 5 Small Bronzes

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Friends and Heroes

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • White Bursts into Green

    Mark PlocharczykSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Wintertime Fun

    Carla KoehnLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Alex Villareal

    Alex VillarealDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • 50 Years of Caring

    Morgan FritzSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Zeeland

    Dwain SmithLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Lisa Booth-Henry

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

  • Self Portrait - Timmy Greeson

    Timmy GreesonMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Winters Frost

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Presents by The Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pause at Sandy Brook Pond

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Brad Chidester

    Brad ChidesterSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Shooting for Hope

    Bryson FosterDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Winter in the Valley

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Ajo Historical Society

    Jose CarballoLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Camp Potawatomi Camp Fire

    Nathan EstesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Yellow Flower Number One

    Danielle HaradaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • A Forest of Fun

    Various Artists

  • 5 Masks

    Various Artists

  • Blue Spruce

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Hanging Out III

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Prarie Road Homestead

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Frightening Lightning

    Blanche CubaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Lilacs for Olivia

    Michael HudeckiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Bikes

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Purple Truck

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Untitled - Gilbert Vasquez

    Gilbert VasquezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Looking a Head

    Wilson LongDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Aquarius

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Celebrate the Day

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Sea Lion

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Woods

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Siamese Fighting Fish

    Shelley RobinsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Native American with Sheep

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Stargazer

    Dorothy O'BrienALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Good Tidings of Great Joy

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Doilie Symphony II

    Elisabeth Preble MorleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Mosaic Hummingbird

    Craig ShieldsDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • House by the River

    Sebastian SprengSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Aspen Colorado

    Ruth BruenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

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