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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

 

  • Watching Him

    Craig SmyresLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Boy in Red

    Sherry CoeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Hornet

    Christian CowieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Giraffes at Sunset

    Elsha StocksethSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Colors of my Heart

    Sarah KiddFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Crossroads

    Ryan SannerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Naomi

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • HMS Bounty

    Paul TopkinFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Christmas Memories

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Self-Portrait - Michelle Lorenzini

    Michelle LorenziniFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Hanging Out II

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • African Safari

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Pollen Fun

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Ray of Hope

    Dustin BorlackInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Visions

    Diane Zum BrunnenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Tranquility

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Untitled - Tammie Groth

    Tammie GrothSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • At the Barre

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • First Date

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Stars Over Harbor

    Kenneth TurnerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Engraved Tile

    Kevin KageSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sunflowers

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Summer at the Cape

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Jetty

    Les WoolleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Autumn On the Farm

    Tod StaskaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Diamond in the Sunset

    Amber StockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Miss Millie

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Wave - #10

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Summer Retreat

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Chief Joseph

    Jim HellerPolymyositis (PM)

  • Sunset Dip

    Luke Christie

  • Mamacita

    Edith SarrailleSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Puzzle Pattern Number 2

    Kathleen ZimakSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Looking a Head

    Wilson LongDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Prarie Road Homestead

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Portrait of Jerry Lewis

    Chrystal BatesSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Vortex

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Sunset at Lake Estes

    Charles MotisherLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • The First Day of Harvest

    Charles ReedDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Copper Engravings

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Saguaros and Owl

    Matt RogersDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Gone fishing

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

  • Solitude Over the Shaded Villiage

    Joshua BeeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Raging River

    David IngersollDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self Portrait - Mark Sias

    Mark SiasBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Desert Sunset

    David CasnerLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Shooting for Hope

    Bryson FosterDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Pyramids in Outer Space

    Graham LaBellaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Dancing House

    Alex VargasDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Coltrane Playing My Favorite Things

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Christmas Dinner

    MaryAnn MillerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Presents by The Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self-Portrait - Isaac Lovely

    Isaac LovelyMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Turtle

    Christopher BrownCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • End of the Trail

    David MosherSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pinkflower

    Mark PlocharczykSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • This Baby Shines

    Craig WildermanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Puffin

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

  • Walk at Your Own Pace

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • A Calm Beautiful Autumn Day

    Robin SenDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Winter Sunset

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Parrot in a Berry Bush

    Steven BeuerleinSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • 3 Cottages in Saints-Marie

    Haleigh MauriceCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Mountain View

    David EmmertALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Untitled - Alan Pappalardo

    Alan PappalardoCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Papa Cardinal

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • The Final Frontier

    Ryan SannerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Sweet Silence

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Orphan

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Mine

    Edith SarrailleSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Tree

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Young Jerry

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Sun Plasma

    Robert CoeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Have Wheels will Travel

    Katy HinckleyALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Peaceful Watch

    Cathleen Cato GivanCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Untitled - Sarah Volante

    Sarah VolanteCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Untitled - Lee Breidenbach

    Lee BreidenbachCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Country Christmas

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Scenic Wonder

    Murray BullockPolymyositis (PM)

  • Grandpas Pride

    Lacy GustafsonMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Oh Bug Where Are You

    Renee GranadeSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Down By the Lake

    David CasnerLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • El Santuario de Chimayo

    Melecio FresquezFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Free to Fly

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Crimson Dusk

    Stephen BlankenshipFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Clown Quartet

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Little Angels

    George LittleFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Pause at Sandy Brook Pond

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Shawl

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Clown

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Self-Portrait - Julian Dombrowski

    Julian DombrowskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Winter Sepia Gold

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Patio

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Its Wheely Art

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Supercalifragilizard

    Nicholas OlsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Summer Camp

    Amanda AucoinSpinal Muscular Atrophy

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