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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

 

  • Untitled - Alan Pappalardo

    Alan PappalardoCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Pollen Fun

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Puzzle Pattern Number 2

    Kathleen ZimakSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • El Santuario de Chimayo

    Melecio FresquezFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Sky Fire

    Stephen BlankenshipFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Self-Portrait - Christina Lara

    Christina LaraFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Mountain Stream

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Peace Flower

    Patrick HarrisFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Seashore Mural

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • 5 Small Bronzes

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Holiday Sleigh Ride

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Days Gone By

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Sun Plasma

    Robert CoeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Good Tidings of Great Joy

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • When I Grow Up

    Mariana KrawczakInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Papa Cardinal

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Yellow Flower Number One

    Danielle HaradaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • 4 Pottery Vases

    Various Artists

  • Vortex

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Fishing at Camp

    Nick GerstlerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self Portrait - Gabe Montez

    Gabe MontezFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Desert Sunset

    David CasnerLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Cougar at Rest

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Chasing Windmills

    Ruth RubinsteinMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • STS 63 and Me

    Ken JaschSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Tranquility

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Winters Frost

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Solitude Over the Shaded Villiage

    Joshua BeeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Tenacious Leaf

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Summer Fun at Work

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Walk at Your Own Pace

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Lean on Me When You're Not Strong

    Lois LewisALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Colors of my Heart

    Sarah KiddFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Possibilities

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Shelter

    Jean WatsonMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • A Bird

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Tammie Groth

    Tammie GrothSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Dancing House

    Alex VargasDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Under the Sea

    Destiny SanchezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Lilacs for Olivia

    Michael HudeckiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Summertime at Camp Maria

    Darren GuestCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Hanging Out II

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Moon Over Mountains

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Red Rose Ascending

    Maxine MeyerALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Thunder

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Northern New England

    Edward T. RobinsonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Puffin

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

  • A Collection of Albany

    Matthew CanfieldCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Cooking Up a Storm

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Jerry Lewis

    John GilbertDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Fishing

    Shawna BormanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pride of the Yankees

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Under the Aloha Sea

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Untitled - Sarah Volante

    Sarah VolanteCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Rhinoceros, Kenya, 2001

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Four Puppets

    Chris WeeksDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Cheerful Snowman

    Benjamin KramichDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Waves of Life

    Erin KimballSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • My Dad and I

    Dorothy HuntALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Birthday Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • End of the Line

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • This Baby Shines

    Craig WildermanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Head Turner

    Erin WorshamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Breathtaking Metamorphosis

    Erin WorshamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Apple Pearing

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Freedom, Fun and Friendship

    Abbey UmaliCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Self Portrait - Mackenzie Dreppard

    Mackenzie DreppardSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Flip Flop # 5

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • A Forest of Fun

    Various Artists

  • I Believe

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Itchy Ear

    Sarah BrodshaugMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • The Final Frontier

    Ryan SannerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Summer at the Cape

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • First Date

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Brenton Point

    Warren BernhardtCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Conch Shell at Beach 1

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Winter Sepia Gold

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Saguaros and Owl

    Matt RogersDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Ray of Hope

    Dustin BorlackInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Untitled - Trevor Schaid

    Trevor SchaidSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Little Angels

    George LittleFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Country Christmas

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Acorns

    Joann HornbackMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Doilie Symphony II

    Elisabeth Preble MorleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • HMS Bounty

    Paul TopkinFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • White Bursts into Green

    Mark PlocharczykSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Portrait of Jerry Lewis

    Chrystal BatesSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Aquarius

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Autumn On the Farm

    Tod StaskaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Lone Tree

    Tom WilliamsALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Sea Lion

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Joy

    Jared T. SmithDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Snow Owl

    Karen WheelerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Presents by The Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Gregory Josh Montigny

    Gregory Josh MontignySpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Bearing Gifts

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Self-Portrait - Christian Reynolds

    Christian ReynoldsDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

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