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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.


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


  • Stargazer

    Dorothy O'BrienALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Moon Over Mountains

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Imagination Station

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • St. Louis Skyline

    Charles MarksLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Swimming

    Brian StockInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Its Wheely Art II

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Conroe Landscape

    Nancy GilbertALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Scribe

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Delight in His Beauty

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Coltrane Playing My Favorite Things

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Fishing Buddies

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Sea Lion

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Red Wolf

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Self-Portrait - Milda Vizbar

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Head Turner

    Erin WorshamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Prince of the Desert

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Skeletal Study of the Spinal Column

    Gerald Jean-PierreSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Peaceful Watch

    Cathleen Cato GivanCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Sunflowers

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • A Night Sky At Sea

    Lynda LeValleyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Summer Camp in the City

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Fresh Picked Apples

    Margaret DrummondLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Hanging Geranium

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Flip Flop # 5

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Friends

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

  • Itchy Ear

    Sarah BrodshaugMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Aquarius

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Diamond in the Sunset

    Amber StockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Old Barn

    Dan BeacomeALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Peachtree City Girls

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Freedom, Fun and Friendship

    Abbey UmaliCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Flowerbox Window #2

    Jessica M. KellerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Hanging Out II

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Solitude Over the Shaded Villiage

    Joshua BeeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Untitled - Alex Villareal

    Alex VillarealDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • El Santuario de Chimayo

    Melecio FresquezFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Ajo Historical Society

    Jose CarballoLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • HMS Bounty

    Paul TopkinFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • House in the Sun

    Chad CahillDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • STS 63 and Me

    Ken JaschSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Carnival

    Kenneth TurnerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self-Portrait - Julian Dombrowski

    Julian DombrowskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Sun Plasma

    Robert CoeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Quiet Harbor

    Mike ShirkInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • End of the Trail

    David MosherSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Lady Di

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Chasing Windmills

    Ruth RubinsteinMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Christmas Dinner

    MaryAnn MillerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

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