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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

 

  • Happy Hanukkah

    K Edgar SwadosCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Self-Portrait - Christina Lara

    Christina LaraFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Summer Retreat

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Blue Spruce

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Prarie Road Homestead

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Visions

    Diane Zum BrunnenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Conch Shell at Beach 2

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Chief Joseph

    Jim HellerPolymyositis (PM)

  • Walk on the Beach

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • This Baby Shines

    Craig WildermanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Summer at the Cape

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • I Have Seen the Future

    Gary SpradlingALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Good Tidings of Great Joy

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Skeletal Study in Wheelchair

    Gerald Jean-PierreSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Red Birds in Winter

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Cheerful Snowman

    Benjamin KramichDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Breath of the Spirit

    Carlos SerbiaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • A Bird

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Falling Water River

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Oh Bug Where Are You

    Renee GranadeSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sea Surge

    Ruth BruenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Girls Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Arizona

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Northern New England

    Edward T. RobinsonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Joy

    Jared T. SmithDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • 5 Masks

    Various Artists

  • Hanging Geranium

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • The Flower Cart

    Kim CosilmonCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Fresh Picked Apples

    Margaret DrummondLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • At the Barre

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Have Wheels will Travel

    Katy HinckleyALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Dusty Jeans

    Nancy GaleCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Good Birds

    Rob MyersSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Columbines Shenandoah National Park

    MaryAnn MillerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Yellow Flower Number One

    Danielle HaradaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sunset Dip

    Luke Christie

  • Still Life

    William Bill RinaldiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Self Portrait - Omar Reyes

    Omar ReyesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Old Barn

    Dan BeacomeALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Flower Power

    Aubrey OlsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Tennessee Dolls

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Silent Thoughts

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Fictional Friend

    Daniel GregoryCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Winter Sepia Gold

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pinkflower

    Mark PlocharczykSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Clown Quartet

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Freedom, Fun and Friendship

    Abbey UmaliCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Copper Engravings

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Untitled - Stacey Wilson

    Stacey WilsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Possibilities

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Braid Of Gold

    Barbara DanielsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Rest Stop at MDA Camp

    Maureen RaischCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Tree of Life

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • On Guard

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • 50 Years of Caring

    Morgan FritzSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Alex Villareal

    Alex VillarealDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Leaf Collage

    Vickie GrahamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Puzzle Pattern Number 2

    Kathleen ZimakSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Electric Miles

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Cuddly Christmas Bear

    Shane BourqueBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Crimson Dusk

    Stephen BlankenshipFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • The Texas Inn

    Janice CampbellMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Rhinoceros, Kenya, 2001

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • 4 Pottery Vases

    Various Artists

  • Untitled - Trevor Schaid

    Trevor SchaidSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Boat with Waterlilies

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • MDA Summer Camp Mokuleia Hawaii

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Flowers for Gladys

    John AyersFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • White Bursts into Green

    Mark PlocharczykSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Conch Shell at Beach 1

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Lone Tree

    Tom WilliamsALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Happy Biker

    David BrunnerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Giraffes at Sunset

    Elsha StocksethSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pumpkins

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Hanging Out III

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Fishing

    Shawna BormanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Portrait of Jerry Lewis

    Chrystal BatesSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Young Jerry

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Mosaic Hummingbird

    Craig ShieldsDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Peace Flower

    Patrick HarrisFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • The World in Chaos

    Tomas DiazDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Lean on Me When You're Not Strong

    Lois LewisALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Sun

    James KartousDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The First Day of Harvest

    Charles ReedDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Mountain Stream

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Weeping Willows

    Christopher JohnsonDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Patio

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Red Wolf

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Brenton Point

    Warren BernhardtCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Seashore Mural

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Days Gone By

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • End of the Line

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Ballerina II

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Moon Over Mountains

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Sea Lion Galapagos 2002

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Singing Snowmen

    Sarah EamesMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • The Birthday Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Dinosaurs on the Move

    Peter TachenyDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Forgotten Phoenix

    Jackie Edwards Jr.Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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