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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

 

  • All Around the Neighborhood

    Kim HollandFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • These Stairs Intrigue Me

    Patrick HarrisFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Water Lily Study II

    Jay McMahanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Sunflowers

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Mental Chaos

    Mandi Zeiler ZiinoSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self Portrait - Omar Reyes

    Omar ReyesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Sun

    James KartousDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Conch Shell at Beach 2

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Watching Him

    Craig SmyresLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Sunset

    Sarah Mac IsaacCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • On Guard

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Woods

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Little Pink Palace

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Peace in the Willows

    Susan RobertsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Winter Wonderland

    Keith StoutMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Fictional Friend

    Daniel GregoryCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Doilie Symphony II

    Elisabeth Preble MorleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Swing Batta Batta Swing

    Daniel PadillaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Tenacious Leaf

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Jerry Lewis

    John GilbertDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Sea Lion Galapagos 2002

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Japanese Scene

    Jason BaringerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self Portrait - Mackenzie Dreppard

    Mackenzie DreppardSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Summer Fun at Work

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Breathtaking Metamorphosis

    Erin WorshamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Summer Retreat

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Shelter

    Jean WatsonMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Rhinoceros, Kenya, 2001

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Swing

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Lady Di

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Flower Power

    Aubrey OlsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Dusty Jeans

    Nancy GaleCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Four Puppets

    Chris WeeksDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Red Wolf

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Copper Engravings

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • The World in Chaos

    Tomas DiazDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • In Our Hands

    Brian GrohMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Northern Lights

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Feathered Snowman

    Chad CahillDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Tranquility

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Flowerbox Window #2

    Jessica M. KellerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Thunder

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Leaf Collage

    Vickie GrahamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Winter in the Valley

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Quiet

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Bud

    June Marie SchneiderCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Diamond in the Sunset

    Amber StockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Puzzle Pattern Number 2

    Kathleen ZimakSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Girls Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Self Portrait - Mark Sias

    Mark SiasBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Electric Miles

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • House in the Sun

    Chad CahillDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Susan Kinney

    Susan KinneyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Won't Back Down, 9-11

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Elizabeth Hume

    Elizabeth HumeMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Dr.Glass

    Ferdinand RoccantiMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • The Birthday Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Scenic Wonder

    Murray BullockPolymyositis (PM)

  • Saguaros and Owl

    Matt RogersDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Miss Millie

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Spring is Here

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Lee Breidenbach

    Lee BreidenbachCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Nativity

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Inca Messenger

    Kelsey SeegerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Jetty

    Les WoolleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Untitled - Terry Burleigh

    Terry BurleighCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Clown Quartet

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Under the Sea

    Destiny SanchezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Native American with Sheep

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs!

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Purple Truck

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Steaming to the Setting Sun

    Ben B. MathewsLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • When I Grow Up

    Mariana KrawczakInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Fairy of Hope

    Reagan ImhoffSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Balloon Vendor

    Adele FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Good Birds

    Rob MyersSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Crimson Dusk

    Stephen BlankenshipFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • A Bird

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Gregory Josh Montigny

    Gregory Josh MontignySpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Carol Bruins

    Carol BruinsMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • The Scribe

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Rainbow Colored Flowers

    Jonathan HassInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Cougar at Rest

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Clown

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Aftershocks Highway 17

    Diane-Louise ScherFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Self Portrait - Timmy Greeson

    Timmy GreesonMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Holiday Sleigh Ride

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Hanging Out II

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Bearing Gifts

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Things That I Remember

    Jack MaccolemanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Its Wheely Art II

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • End of the Line

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Friends and Heroes

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Hanging Geranium

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Seascape

    Russell HammondSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Ambassador Red

    Dwain SmithLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Oh Bug Where Are You

    Renee GranadeSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Chasing Windmills

    Ruth RubinsteinMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Self-Portrait - Milda Vizbar

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

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