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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

 

  • From Russia with Love

    Lynette BattlesMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • At the Barre

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Swing Batta Batta Swing

    Daniel PadillaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Oriental Birds

    Kerri BraunSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Freedom, Fun and Friendship

    Abbey UmaliCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Head Turner

    Erin WorshamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Mamacita

    Edith SarrailleSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Snow Owl

    Karen WheelerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Electric Miles

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Good Birds

    Rob MyersSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Flip Flop # 5

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Forged Iron Sculpture

    Forged Iron SculptureALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Walk at Your Own Pace

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Yellow Flower Number One

    Danielle HaradaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs!

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Clown Quartet

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Blue Portrait

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Flower Cart

    Kim CosilmonCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Lady Di

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Copper Engravings

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Summer Retreat

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Flowerbox Window #2

    Jessica M. KellerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Hornet

    Christian CowieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Swimming

    Brian StockInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Naomi

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Dragonflies

    Fred SiwakALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Sunset

    Sarah Mac IsaacCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Big Top Smiles

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Pawleys Island

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Brave Men and Women

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Sun Plasma

    Robert CoeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Come Fly with Me

    Martin LauerMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Dusty Jeans

    Nancy GaleCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Possibilities

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Self Portrait - Gabe Montez

    Gabe MontezFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • In the Zone

    Carlos SerbiaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • The Birthday Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Spring is Here

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Summer Fun at Work

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Oh Bug Where Are You

    Renee GranadeSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Cape May Boat Yard

    George JohnsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Garden

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Japanese Scene

    Jason BaringerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Sweet Silence

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Return Me to My Special Place

    Gene AshbyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Girls Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Knit Work

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Fictional Friend

    Daniel GregoryCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Papa Cardinal

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • The Dancing House

    Alex VargasDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Heather Harrelson

    Heather HarrelsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Aftershocks Highway 17

    Diane-Louise ScherFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Clown Fish

    Kerri BraunSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self Portrait - Timmy Greeson

    Timmy GreesonMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Prince of the Desert

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Wintertime Fun

    Carla KoehnLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Tranquility

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • STS 63 and Me

    Ken JaschSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Bavarian Reflection

    Mario DamianiBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Waterlily Dream

    Diane Zum BrunnenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Lone Tree

    Tom WilliamsALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Raging River

    David IngersollDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Peace in the Willows

    Susan RobertsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Wave - #10

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pollen Fun

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Boy in Red

    Sherry CoeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Shawl

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Chasing Windmills

    Ruth RubinsteinMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Tucson

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Puzzle Pattern Number 2

    Kathleen ZimakSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Leaf Collage

    Vickie GrahamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Parrot in a Berry Bush

    Steven BeuerleinSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Boat with Waterlilies

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Cheerful Snowman

    Benjamin KramichDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Patio

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Diamond in the Sunset

    Amber StockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Red Birds in Winter

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Ray of Hope

    Dustin BorlackInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • All Around the Neighborhood

    Kim HollandFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Supercalifragilizard

    Nicholas OlsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • On Guard

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • HMS Bounty

    Paul TopkinFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • The Breath of the Spirit

    Carlos SerbiaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Have Wheels will Travel

    Katy HinckleyALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Star Team

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Forth Right

    Cathleen Cato GivanCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Untitled - Gregory Josh Montigny

    Gregory Josh MontignySpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • 5 Masks

    Various Artists

  • Joy

    Jared T. SmithDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Twilight in Paradise

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • St. Louis Skyline

    Charles MarksLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Falling Water River

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Braid Of Gold

    Barbara DanielsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Watching Him

    Craig SmyresLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Mystical Peaks

    Les WoolleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Summer at the Cape

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Clown

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Won't Back Down, 9-11

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Delight in His Beauty

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

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