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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

 

  • Rhinoceros, Kenya, 2001

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • God with Us

    Elisabeth HowellSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Little Angels

    George LittleFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Sea Lion

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Heaven on a Summer Night

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Orphan

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Seascape

    Russell HammondSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs!

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Copper Engravings

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Candles and Holly

    William Bill RinaldiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Naomi

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Tenacious Leaf

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Untitled - Lee Breidenbach

    Lee BreidenbachCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • The Birthday Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Its Wheely Art II

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Owl Team Six

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Shawl

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • African Safari

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Forgotten Phoenix

    Jackie Edwards Jr.Spinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Big Top Smiles

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Scenic Wonder

    Murray BullockPolymyositis (PM)

  • Self-Portrait - Julian Dombrowski

    Julian DombrowskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Breathtaking Metamorphosis

    Erin WorshamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Camp Fun

    Alexis VillaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pyramids in Outer Space

    Graham LaBellaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Under the Sea

    Destiny SanchezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Acorns

    Joann HornbackMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Snow Owl

    Karen WheelerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Aftershocks Highway 17

    Diane-Louise ScherFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Freedom, Fun and Friendship

    Abbey UmaliCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Fishing at Camp

    Nick GerstlerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Susan Kinney

    Susan KinneyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Quiet

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Peachtree City Girls

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Rainbow Colored Flowers

    Jonathan HassInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Rollin Round Wyoming

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Saguaros and Owl

    Matt RogersDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • End of the Line

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Coltrane Playing My Favorite Things

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Hornet

    Christian CowieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Mosaic Hummingbird

    Craig ShieldsDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Fierce Hope

    Raymond WestALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Untitled - Terry Burleigh

    Terry BurleighCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • 2011 Lexus GX-460 Premium

    Dhruv PrasadDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Mamacita

    Edith SarrailleSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Puffin

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

  • Bees On Sunflower

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Welcome

    Barbara TwardowskiCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Autumn On the Farm

    Tod StaskaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Barn in the Meadow

    Karen Greene FrazierFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Untitled - Trevor Schaid

    Trevor SchaidSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Stars Over Harbor

    Kenneth TurnerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Seashore Mural

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • In Our Hands

    Brian GrohMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Four Puppets

    Chris WeeksDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Wintertime Fun

    Carla KoehnLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Brenton Point

    Warren BernhardtCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • A Collection of Albany

    Matthew CanfieldCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Sunset Under the Pier

    Lynn UptonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Cougar at Rest

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Fairy of Hope

    Reagan ImhoffSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Hanging Out V

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Untitled - Alex Villareal

    Alex VillarealDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Challenges We Don't Face

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Crossroads

    Ryan SannerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Untitled - Lisa Booth-Henry

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

  • Sing Out

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Self Portrait - Omar Reyes

    Omar ReyesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Sunset Dip

    Luke Christie

  • 3 Cottages in Saints-Marie

    Haleigh MauriceCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Its Wheely Art

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Days End

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • 5 Masks

    Various Artists

  • Vortex

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Mt. Yale in Autumn

    Charles MotisherLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Fishing

    Shawna BormanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Papa Cardinal

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Frightening Lightning

    Blanche CubaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Young Jerry

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Ajo Historical Society

    Jose CarballoLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Wild Wonderful West Virginia

    Shirlene RobinsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Boat with Waterlilies

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Ray of Hope

    Dustin BorlackInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Quiet Harbor

    Mike ShirkInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Native American with Sheep

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Super K

    Kaalan WilsonDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Isaac Lovely

    Isaac LovelyMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Sunset at Lake Estes

    Charles MotisherLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • I Have Seen the Future

    Gary SpradlingALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • On Guard

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Knit Work

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Winter Wonderland

    Keith StoutMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Teddy Bear

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Pumpkins

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Friends

    T.C. (Troy) BlackburnDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Skeletal Study in Wheelchair

    Gerald Jean-PierreSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The First Day of Harvest

    Charles ReedDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Pride of the Yankees

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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