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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


  • MDA Camp

    Maureen RaischCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Self-Portrait - Laura Robles

    Laura RoblesDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Self Portrait - Mackenzie Dreppard

    Mackenzie DreppardSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Hanging Out II

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Greystone Castle

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Ajo Historical Society

    Jose CarballoLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Doilie Symphony II

    Elisabeth Preble MorleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Little Pink Palace

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Sea Lion

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Quiet

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Japanese Scene

    Jason BaringerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Bees On Sunflower

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Nativity

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Ambassador Red

    Dwain SmithLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Joy

    Jared T. SmithDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Conch Shell at Beach 2

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Geckos in Reverse

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self Portrait - Mark Sias

    Mark SiasBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Conroe Landscape

    Nancy GilbertALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Self-Portrait - Isaac Lovely

    Isaac LovelyMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Frightening Lightning

    Blanche CubaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Discovering Gold

    Elizabeth ShirkMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Big Top Smiles

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Coltrane Playing My Favorite Things

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Rest Stop at MDA Camp

    Maureen RaischCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Acorns

    Joann HornbackMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Heaven on a Summer Night

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • A Forest of Fun

    Various Artists

  • Self Portrait - Timmy Greeson

    Timmy GreesonMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Fishing

    Shawna BormanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self Portrait - Gabe Montez

    Gabe MontezFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Days Gone By

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Forged Iron Sculpture

    Forged Iron SculptureALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Christmas Memories

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Hanging Out V

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Kohala Coast

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Diamond in the Sunset

    Amber StockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Piraguas

    Luis BaezPolymyositis (PM)

  • Candles and Holly

    William Bill RinaldiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Remembering

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Pollen Fun

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Ferrari

    Kyle BrodbeckDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Dragonflies

    Fred SiwakALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Barn in the Meadow

    Karen Greene FrazierFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Fishing at Camp

    Nick GerstlerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Crimson Dusk

    Stephen BlankenshipFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Have Wheels will Travel

    Katy HinckleyALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Explosion

    Julie LongLambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS)

  • Freedom, Fun and Friendship

    Abbey UmaliCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Cougar at Rest

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

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