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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

 

  • Aspen Colorado

    Ruth BruenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Presents by The Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Christmas Tree

    Kerry RionFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • On Guard

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • A Night Sky At Sea

    Lynda LeValleyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Sunset Dip

    Luke Christie

  • Holiday Sleigh Ride

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Dusty Jeans

    Nancy GaleCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • My Fathers Tulips

    Michael KoesterSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Birthday Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Acorns

    Joann HornbackMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Greystone Castle

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Blue Spruce

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Julian Dombrowski

    Julian DombrowskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Fishing Buddies

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Forth Right

    Cathleen Cato GivanCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Forged Iron Sculpture

    Forged Iron SculptureALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • When I Grow Up

    Mariana KrawczakInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Itchy Ear

    Sarah BrodshaugMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Sledding on Hillcrest

    William TitusInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Autumn On the Farm

    Tod StaskaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Possibilities

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Wild Wonderful West Virginia

    Shirlene RobinsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • HMS Bounty

    Paul TopkinFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Stars Over Harbor

    Kenneth TurnerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Happy Hanukkah

    K Edgar SwadosCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Summer Retreat

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • The Dancing House

    Alex VargasDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Winter Sunset

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Prarie Road Homestead

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Solitude Over the Shaded Villiage

    Joshua BeeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The World in Chaos

    Tomas DiazDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Return Me to My Special Place

    Gene AshbyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Shooting for Hope

    Bryson FosterDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Summer Camp in the City

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Moon Over Mountains

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Mamacita

    Edith SarrailleSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Inca Messenger

    Kelsey SeegerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Copper Engravings

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Free to Fly

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Days Gone By

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Pause at Sandy Brook Pond

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Kane Urban

    Kane UrbanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Lady Di

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Arizona

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Baby Angel

    Benjamin PerezInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Chasing Windmills

    Ruth RubinsteinMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Sea Lion Galapagos 2002

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Concept Car

    Kyle BrodbeckDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Northern Lights

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • My Dad and I

    Dorothy HuntALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Kohala Coast

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Camp Fun

    Alexis VillaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Mt. Yale in Autumn

    Charles MotisherLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Peace Flower

    Patrick HarrisFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • St. Louis Skyline

    Charles MarksLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Gilbert Vasquez

    Gilbert VasquezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • A Bird

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Welcome

    Barbara TwardowskiCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Under the Aloha Sea

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • El Santuario de Chimayo

    Melecio FresquezFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • MDA Summer Camp Mokuleia Hawaii

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Diamond in the Sunset

    Amber StockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Flip Flop # 5

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Christmas Memories

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • The Raging River

    David IngersollDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Bearing Gifts

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Sky Fire

    Stephen BlankenshipFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Sunflowers

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Mountain Stream

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Red Birds in Winter

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Snow Owl

    Karen WheelerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Carol Bruins

    Carol BruinsMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Water Lily Study II

    Jay McMahanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Self-Portrait - Isaac Lovely

    Isaac LovelyMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Untitled - Elizabeth Hume

    Elizabeth HumeMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Skeletal Study of the Spinal Column

    Gerald Jean-PierreSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Siamese Fighting Fish

    Shelley RobinsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Mine

    Edith SarrailleSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Bees On Sunflower

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • At the Barre

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Winter Sepia Gold

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Thunder

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Bikes

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Alan Pappalardo

    Alan PappalardoCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Self-Portrait - Laura Robles

    Laura RoblesDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Ambassador Red

    Dwain SmithLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • The Scribe

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Good Birds

    Rob MyersSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Susan Kinney

    Susan KinneyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

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