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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.


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


  • Giraffes at Sunset

    Elsha StocksethSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Aquarius

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Nina de Alicante

    Luis BaezPolymyositis (PM)

  • Rainbow Love

    Alyssa SchwartzenburgSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • 5 Masks

    Various Artists

  • Desert Sunset

    David CasnerLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Come Fly with Me

    Martin LauerMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Chief Joseph

    Jim HellerPolymyositis (PM)

  • Head Turner

    Erin WorshamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Genesis Zipping up the Rainforest

    Edward FriedlandCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Northern New England

    Edward T. RobinsonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Bikes

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pawleys Island

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Parrot in a Berry Bush

    Steven BeuerleinSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • 50 Years of Caring

    Morgan FritzSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Cape May Boat Yard

    George JohnsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Autumn

    Craig WildermanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Fishing Buddies

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Baby Angel

    Benjamin PerezInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Hanging Out V

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Dolphin

    Austin WilburnDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • La Wall Mural

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Conch Shell at Beach 1

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Brave Men and Women

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Moon Over Mountains

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Coler

    Lauren SanfordCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Its Not Like Before

    Gay Lauritzen-AppleberryALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Aftershocks Highway 17

    Diane-Louise ScherFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Challenges We Don't Face

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Puffin

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

  • Mental Chaos

    Mandi Zeiler ZiinoSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Lady Di

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • A Calm Beautiful Autumn Day

    Robin SenDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Prarie Road Homestead

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Cuddly Christmas Bear

    Shane BourqueBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Bud

    June Marie SchneiderCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Pumpkins

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Hanging Out II

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Dusty Jeans

    Nancy GaleCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Boys Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Friends

    T.C. (Troy) BlackburnDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Rest Stop at MDA Camp

    Maureen RaischCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Batman

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Blue Portrait

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Falling Water River

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Miss Millie

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Apple Pearing

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Northern Lights

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Four Puppets

    Chris WeeksDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

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