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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

 

  • A Forest of Fun

    Various Artists

  • A Night Sky At Sea

    Lynda LeValleyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Ballerina II

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • African Safari

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • At the Barre

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Breathtaking Metamorphosis

    Erin WorshamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Angel

    Blake (Moorman) BurnetteDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Carnival

    Kenneth TurnerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Balloon Vendor

    Adele FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • A Sign of Fall

    Jennifer Sovine RosmanCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Ambassador Red

    Dwain SmithLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Camp Fun

    Alexis VillaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Boat with Waterlilies

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • 5 Masks

    Various Artists

  • Camp Potawatomi Camp Fire

    Nathan EstesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Aspen Colorado

    Ruth BruenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Batman

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Bearing Gifts

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Artists Brushes In Sunlight

    Howard FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Braid Of Gold

    Barbara DanielsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • 4 Pottery Vases

    Various Artists

  • Blue Portrait

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Brave Men and Women

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Awesome Adventures

    Reagan ImhoffSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • A Calm Beautiful Autumn Day

    Robin SenDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • 2011 Lexus GX-460 Premium

    Dhruv PrasadDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • A Collection of Albany

    Matthew CanfieldCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Challenges We Don't Face

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Ajo Historical Society

    Jose CarballoLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Big Top Smiles

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Barn in the Meadow

    Karen Greene FrazierFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Aftershocks Highway 17

    Diane-Louise ScherFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Celebrate the Day

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • 3 Cottages in Saints-Marie

    Haleigh MauriceCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Acorns

    Joann HornbackMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Bees On Sunflower

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Abstract Puzzle

    Matt GrenierDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Bavarian Reflection

    Mario DamianiBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Susan Kinney

    Susan KinneyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Autumn

    Craig WildermanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Cape May Boat Yard

    George JohnsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • A Bird

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Apple Pearing

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Candles and Holly

    William Bill RinaldiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Baby Angel

    Benjamin PerezInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Blue Spruce

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Bikes

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Boys Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Bud

    June Marie SchneiderCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

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