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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

 

  • Genesis Zipping up the Rainforest

    Edward FriedlandCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Waikiki Moon

    Robert HarmsALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Dolphin

    Austin WilburnDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • A Night Sky At Sea

    Lynda LeValleyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • A Calm Beautiful Autumn Day

    Robin SenDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Breath of the Spirit

    Carlos SerbiaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Siamese Fighting Fish

    Shelley RobinsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • The Garden

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sunset at Camp Marie

    Mathew MurdockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Conch Shell at Beach 2

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Good Birds

    Rob MyersSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Celebrate the Day

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Prarie Road Homestead

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • A Collection of Albany

    Matthew CanfieldCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Rollin Round Wyoming

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Lone Tree

    Tom WilliamsALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Final Frontier

    Ryan SannerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Untitled - Elizabeth Hume

    Elizabeth HumeMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Its Wheely Art II

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • I Have Seen the Future

    Gary SpradlingALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Leaf Collage

    Vickie GrahamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Peachtree City Girls

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Prince of the Desert

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Waterlily Dream

    Diane Zum BrunnenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • On Guard

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Freedom, Fun and Friendship

    Abbey UmaliCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Angel

    Blake (Moorman) BurnetteDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Free to Fly

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Weeping Willows

    Christopher JohnsonDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Girls Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Wintertime Fun

    Carla KoehnLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Fishing

    Shawna BormanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Possibilities

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Parrot in a Berry Bush

    Steven BeuerleinSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Breathtaking Metamorphosis

    Erin WorshamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Conch Shell at Beach 1

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Mountain View

    David EmmertALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Fresh Picked Apples

    Margaret DrummondLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • HMS Bounty

    Paul TopkinFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Fishing Buddies

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • A Forest of Fun

    Various Artists

  • The Christmas Tree

    Kerry RionFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • 4 Pottery Vases

    Various Artists

  • Star Team

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Blue Spruce

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Seascape

    Russell HammondSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self-Portrait - Christina Lara

    Christina LaraFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Lady Di

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Holiday Sleigh Ride

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Purple Truck

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Crossroads

    Ryan SannerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Feathered Snowman

    Chad CahillDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Inca Messenger

    Kelsey SeegerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Copper Engravings

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • African Safari

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Self Portrait - Gabe Montez

    Gabe MontezFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Mystical Peaks

    Les WoolleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs!

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Pollen Fun

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Aquarius

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Sunset Dip

    Luke Christie

  • St. Louis Skyline

    Charles MarksLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Braid Of Gold

    Barbara DanielsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Camp Potawatomi Camp Fire

    Nathan EstesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Tree

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Untitled - Alan Pappalardo

    Alan PappalardoCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Wild Wonderful West Virginia

    Shirlene RobinsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Shooting for Hope

    Bryson FosterDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Discovering Gold

    Elizabeth ShirkMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • End of the Line

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Cheerful Snowman

    Benjamin KramichDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Fictional Friend

    Daniel GregoryCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Grandpas Pride

    Lacy GustafsonMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Christmas Memories

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Pawleys Island

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Stargazer

    Dorothy O'BrienALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Wine Country

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • I Believe

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Self Portrait - Timmy Greeson

    Timmy GreesonMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Fairy of Hope

    Reagan ImhoffSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • 50 Years of Caring

    Morgan FritzSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self-Portrait - Michelle Lorenzini

    Michelle LorenziniFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Under the Sea

    Destiny SanchezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Waves of Life

    Erin KimballSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Scenic Wonder

    Murray BullockPolymyositis (PM)

  • Tennessee Dolls

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Swimming

    Brian StockInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • The Colors of my Heart

    Sarah KiddFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Kohala Coast

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Cuddly Christmas Bear

    Shane BourqueBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Bavarian Reflection

    Mario DamianiBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Greystone Castle

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Piraguas

    Luis BaezPolymyositis (PM)

  • Square Curly Ash Bowl

    Thomas MumperCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Untitled - Kane Urban

    Kane UrbanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Gregory Josh Montigny

    Gregory Josh MontignySpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Alex Villareal

    Alex VillarealDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Down By the Lake

    David CasnerLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

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