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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

 

  • The Cello Player

    Frank BareInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Little Angels

    George LittleFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Self Portrait - Omar Reyes

    Omar ReyesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Blue Portrait

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Good Tidings of Great Joy

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Discovering Gold

    Elizabeth ShirkMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Flip Flop # 5

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Four Puppets

    Chris WeeksDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Untitled - Terry Burleigh

    Terry BurleighCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Teddy Bear

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • 4 Pottery Vases

    Various Artists

  • Looking a Head

    Wilson LongDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Friends and Heroes

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Sledding on Hillcrest

    William TitusInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Having Fun at Sea

    Kaitlyn KuleszCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • The Birthday Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pride of the Yankees

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • I Believe

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Untitled - Gilbert Vasquez

    Gilbert VasquezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Tree

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Untitled - Carol Bruins

    Carol BruinsMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • STS 63 and Me

    Ken JaschSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Dr.Glass

    Ferdinand RoccantiMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Bud

    June Marie SchneiderCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Leaf Collage

    Vickie GrahamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Feathered Snowman

    Chad CahillDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Brave Men and Women

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Braid Of Gold

    Barbara DanielsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • White Bursts into Green

    Mark PlocharczykSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Carnival

    Kenneth TurnerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Angel

    Blake (Moorman) BurnetteDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Fishing at Camp

    Nick GerstlerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Artists Brushes In Sunlight

    Howard FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Camp Fun

    Alexis VillaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Delight in His Beauty

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Crossroads

    Ryan SannerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Flowers for Gladys

    John AyersFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Wheelchair Dancing

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Elizabeth Hume

    Elizabeth HumeMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Summer Camp in the City

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Bearing Gifts

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Fishing Buddies

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Mental Chaos

    Mandi Zeiler ZiinoSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Batman

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Christian Reynolds

    Christian ReynoldsDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Swing Batta Batta Swing

    Daniel PadillaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • The Raging River

    David IngersollDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Lean on Me When You're Not Strong

    Lois LewisALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Its Not Like Before

    Gay Lauritzen-AppleberryALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Autumn On the Farm

    Tod StaskaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Jetty

    Les WoolleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Under the Sea

    Destiny SanchezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Water Lily Study II

    Jay McMahanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • MDA Camp

    Maureen RaischCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Lilacs for Olivia

    Michael HudeckiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Radnor Lake

    Jim HenryBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Untitled - Lee Breidenbach

    Lee BreidenbachCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Waves of Life

    Erin KimballSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sea Surge

    Ruth BruenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Sea Lion Galapagos 2002

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Greystone Castle

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Big Top Smiles

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Mosaic Hummingbird

    Craig ShieldsDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Boat with Waterlilies

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Cuddly Christmas Bear

    Shane BourqueBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Stargazer

    Dorothy O'BrienALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Visions

    Diane Zum BrunnenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Free to Fly

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Sunflowers

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Under the Aloha Sea

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • My Fathers Tulips

    Michael KoesterSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self-Portrait - Julian Dombrowski

    Julian DombrowskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Woods

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Barn in the Meadow

    Karen Greene FrazierFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Sun Plasma

    Robert CoeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Square Curly Ash Bowl

    Thomas MumperCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Conch Shell at Beach 2

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Presents by The Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Aspen Colorado

    Ruth BruenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • A Calm Beautiful Autumn Day

    Robin SenDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Hanging Out II

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Naomi

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Baby Angel

    Benjamin PerezInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Northern Lights

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Self-Portrait - Isaac Lovely

    Isaac LovelyMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Grandpas Pride

    Lacy GustafsonMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Prarie Road Homestead

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Giraffes at Sunset

    Elsha StocksethSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Tucson

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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