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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

 

  • Peace in the Willows

    Susan RobertsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Flip Flop # 5

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Candles and Holly

    William Bill RinaldiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Won't Back Down, 9-11

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • End of the Trail

    David MosherSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self-Portrait - Heather Harrelson

    Heather HarrelsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Hornet

    Christian CowieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Pause at Sandy Brook Pond

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Autumn On the Farm

    Tod StaskaDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Leaf Collage

    Vickie GrahamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Sunset

    Sarah Mac IsaacCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Old Barn

    Dan BeacomeALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • A Night Sky At Sea

    Lynda LeValleyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Falling Water River

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Walk on the Beach

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • End of the Line

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Carnival

    Kenneth TurnerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Bikes

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Stargazer

    Dorothy O'BrienALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • A Collection of Albany

    Matthew CanfieldCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Pollen Fun

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Untitled - Stacey Wilson

    Stacey WilsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pawleys Island

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Sunset at Lake Estes

    Charles MotisherLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Walk at Your Own Pace

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • The Happy Biker

    David BrunnerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Coltrane Playing My Favorite Things

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Bud

    June Marie SchneiderCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Big Top Smiles

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • STS 63 and Me

    Ken JaschSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sing Out

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Vortex

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Woods

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • House in the Sun

    Chad CahillDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Saguaros and Owl

    Matt RogersDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Balloon Vendor

    Adele FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Pumpkins

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • I Have Seen the Future

    Gary SpradlingALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Summer Fun at Work

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Country Christmas

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Amusement Park

    Andrew CameronBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs!

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Aquarius

    Melody ClearyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Clown Quartet

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Shawl

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Prince of the Desert

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Grandpas Pride

    Lacy GustafsonMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Friends and Heroes

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Mamacita

    Edith SarrailleSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • The Colors of my Heart

    Sarah KiddFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Self-Portrait - Laura Robles

    Laura RoblesDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Its Wheely Art II

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • 3 Cottages in Saints-Marie

    Haleigh MauriceCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Electric Miles

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Braid Of Gold

    Barbara DanielsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Tree of Life

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Skeletal Study in Wheelchair

    Gerald Jean-PierreSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Camp Fun

    Alexis VillaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Rainbow Colored Flowers

    Jonathan HassInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Rollin Round Wyoming 2

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Teddy Bear

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Christmas Dinner

    MaryAnn MillerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Looking a Head

    Wilson LongDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Milda Vizbar

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • 50 Years of Caring

    Morgan FritzSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Moon Over Mountains

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Freedom, Fun and Friendship

    Abbey UmaliCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • A Bird

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Swing Batta Batta Swing

    Daniel PadillaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Papa Cardinal

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Chief Joseph

    Jim HellerPolymyositis (PM)

  • In the Zone

    Carlos SerbiaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • The Tree

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Jungle Fun

    Crystal NegronMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Race to the Summit

    Petr WronskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • 4 Pottery Vases

    Various Artists

  • Possibilities

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Sea Lion

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Rest Stop at MDA Camp

    Maureen RaischCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • The World in Chaos

    Tomas DiazDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Sunflowers

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Watching Him

    Craig SmyresLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Weeping Willows

    Christopher JohnsonDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Waikiki Moon

    Robert HarmsALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Boy in Red

    Sherry CoeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Untitled - Alex Villareal

    Alex VillarealDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • All Around the Neighborhood

    Kim HollandFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Flowers for Gladys

    John AyersFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Celebrate the Day

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • White Barn

    James JohnsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Water Lily Study II

    Jay McMahanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Frightening Lightning

    Blanche CubaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Blue Portrait

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • At the Barre

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Self Portrait - Omar Reyes

    Omar ReyesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Flower Cart

    Kim CosilmonCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Self Portrait - Timmy Greeson

    Timmy GreesonMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Untitled - Trevor Schaid

    Trevor SchaidSpinal Muscular Atrophy

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