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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

 

  • In the Zone

    Carlos SerbiaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Mountain View

    David EmmertALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • God with Us

    Elisabeth HowellSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Cello Player

    Frank BareInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Delight in His Beauty

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Quiet Harbor

    Mike ShirkInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Days End

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Pinkflower

    Mark PlocharczykSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Lean on Me When You're Not Strong

    Lois LewisALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Tenacious Leaf

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Boy in Red

    Sherry CoeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Puffin

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

  • Solitude Over the Shaded Villiage

    Joshua BeeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Swing

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Celebrate the Day

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Jungle Fun

    Crystal NegronMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Chasing Windmills

    Ruth RubinsteinMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Japanese Scene

    Jason BaringerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Thunder

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Engraved Tile

    Kevin KageSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Happy Biker

    David BrunnerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • In Our Hands

    Brian GrohMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • St. Louis Skyline

    Charles MarksLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Sunset Dip

    Luke Christie

  • Grandpas Pride

    Lacy GustafsonMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Dragonflies

    Fred SiwakALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Twilight in Paradise

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Flowers for Gladys

    John AyersFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Red Wolf

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Little Pink Palace

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Nina de Alicante

    Luis BaezPolymyositis (PM)

  • Untitled - Alan Pappalardo

    Alan PappalardoCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Winters Frost

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Orphan

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Under the Aloha Sea

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Conroe Landscape

    Nancy GilbertALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Ambassador Red

    Dwain SmithLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Ferrari

    Kyle BrodbeckDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Concept Car

    Kyle BrodbeckDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Birthday Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sun

    James KartousDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Itchy Ear

    Sarah BrodshaugMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Good Birds

    Rob MyersSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Tammie Groth

    Tammie GrothSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Ray of Hope

    Dustin BorlackInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Its Not Like Before

    Gay Lauritzen-AppleberryALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Susan Kinney

    Susan KinneyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Summer Camp in the City

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Sunflowers

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Fishing at Camp

    Nick GerstlerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Good Tidings of Great Joy

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Rainbow Love

    Alyssa SchwartzenburgSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Blue Spruce

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • End of the Line

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Moon Over Mountains

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Rollin Round Wyoming 2

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Pause at Sandy Brook Pond

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • A Forest of Fun

    Various Artists

  • Peace in the Willows

    Susan RobertsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Spring is Here

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Purple Truck

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Prince of the Desert

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Hanging Geranium

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Rollin Round Wyoming

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Looking a Head

    Wilson LongDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Angel

    Blake (Moorman) BurnetteDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Rainbow Colored Flowers

    Jonathan HassInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Seashore Mural

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Untitled - Sarah Volante

    Sarah VolanteCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Doilie Symphony II

    Elisabeth Preble MorleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Diamond in the Sunset

    Amber StockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Vortex

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Clown

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Star Team

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Waves of Life

    Erin KimballSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Apple Pearing

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Ajo Historical Society

    Jose CarballoLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Weeping Willows

    Christopher JohnsonDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Saguaros and Owl

    Matt RogersDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • A Collection of Albany

    Matthew CanfieldCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Red Birds in Winter

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The World in Chaos

    Tomas DiazDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • White Barn

    James JohnsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Louisiana Shrimp Boat

    Joseph ThomasFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Papa Cardinal

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Return Me to My Special Place

    Gene AshbyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Sunset at Lake Estes

    Charles MotisherLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Self Portrait - Mackenzie Dreppard

    Mackenzie DreppardSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Tennessee Dolls

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Tucson

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Mountain Stream

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • The Garden

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • 5 Masks

    Various Artists

  • Peachtree City Girls

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • The Colors of my Heart

    Sarah KiddFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Blue Portrait

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Carnival

    Kenneth TurnerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

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